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June 24th, 2008
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Union Station Photo Flap (from myfoxdc.com, via Bruce Schneier's Crypto-gram)

Irony at its best.

In DC, there's a lot of controversy about public photography lately ... tourists are getting hassled while taking pictures in public places, in the name of "security" ... even though they're taking photos of public buildings in public spaces.  One place this is happening is in Union Station.  So, Fox DC does a big news piece on whether or not you can take photos in Union Station (you can).  Of course, while their reporter is doing a video interview with the Amtrak manager at Union Station, who is saying that photography is absolutely permitted, a security guard comes up to them and makes them stop, because he says that you can't shoot pictures in Union Station ...

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 24th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)

Is it really public?

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Many spaces that people believe are "public" are actually private property. I don't know about Union Station in DC, but in many other cities, buildings like it are mistakenly believed to be public property, when in fact they are private facilities maintained without the aid of public support. In those buildings, there are generally photogrphy fees that are donations to support the preservation. I don't know which is the case with DC, just planting that seed of thought. :)
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From:jkhuggins
Date:June 24th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)

Re: Is it really public?

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Union Station is owned by the federal government, and the renters (the food court and Amtrak) all have policies explicitly permitting photography.
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