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      03-30-2012, 07:54 PM   #1
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can you record stupid people?

Rant/not rant:

I was curious if there are any laws or any rules for recording the public? Almost everyday when I drive I encounter somebody stupid, from them swerving across the roads because of cell phone use to someone who just doesn't know how to drive.

For example, today. A noob in front of me decided to just slam on the brakes in the middle of the road for no reason. Initially, I thought nothing of it. Maybe something went wrong with the car. However, no hazard lights were on or anything.

Of course, idiot #1 was on his phone.We were on the left lane and my turn was coming up, so I couldn't go around, and I was in no rush so I just chilled for a bit. Then, idiot#2 who is also on the phone and is presumabely idiot#1's friend, comes along the road in the middle lane and stops to the right of us, exactly inbetween me and idiot#1. Idiot 1 and 2 then hang up their phones and idiot 1 starts driving off. WITHOUT any warning or turn signal, idiot 2 completely cuts me off and I almost destroy him. I managed to slam on the brakes and avoid the crash.

Like really, someone just stops in the middle of the road without warning to wait for their friend? Ever heard of pulling over or at least put on your emergency lights.

Anyways, so I see stupid things like this happen all the time, especially since I go to college and there are many bad drivers.

If I just recorded this stuff everyday and made funny compilation videos, could I be in any danger? I wouldn't want the cops to get mad at me or get sued or anything. Maybe it could serve as a purposeful video as to why people should stop doing other things and focus on driving!
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      03-30-2012, 08:54 PM   #2
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If you are set on being idiot #3 - driving with cam in hand - and idiot #4 - posting worthless crap on the interwebs - do it.
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Yes you have the right to record or photograph anything for your own pleasure as long as you're not making money off it.

Its in your constitution somewhere, google it, its a huge fight that photographers deal with.
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If you are set on being idiot #3 - driving with cam in hand - and idiot #4 - posting worthless crap on the interwebs - do it.
i guess you have never heard of a go-pro so you are idiot #3
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I think that as long as you do it somewhere where people wouldn't have a reasonable expectation of privacy, like out in public, then you are ok.
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Yes you have the right to record or photograph anything for your own pleasure as long as you're not making money off it.
Uh ... no.
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I don't think they make a hard drive big enough to store recordings of all the stupid people I see on a daily basis.

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as long as you're not in Illinois and a few other state which have laws that you can not record someone without everyone approval, and also sometime some state do not take too kindly to you recording their police when they are doing stupid or dumb things. Grant it, most of these laws are illegal but it is will cost you 10 of thousands to get out of it.
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Well in NYC I can record whoever. For instance, look at this idiot I recorded:





And then I had somebody record how stupid I am:




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Just remember...Nothing is illegal until you get caught....and then you have lawyers.....
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Well in NYC I can record whoever. For instance, look at this idiot I recorded:




was that recorded with a potato?
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