On 20th August 2016 00:36, Mark Stace wrote:
>>> If no people are legally allowed to be photographed the whole world would look kind of empty >>>
In most public places, it is almost impossible to avoid getting people in the frame, and as Mark says, the shot might look empty without people present. The key issue is whether the people are just incidental to the main subject of the picture, or are the centre of attention. If the people are incidental to the scene, then I think it is probably safe to take the picture, but a close-up of someone who has not given permission is another matter, and I would be wary in such a case. There are many other potential pitfalls. Many 'public places' are not in fact public places within the strict meaning of the law. for example:- restaurants, hotels, shopping malls, entertainment venues, car parks, amusement parks, fairgrounds etc are usually privately owned and the owners are within their rights to ban ALL photography. It is also important to avoid making oneself open to accusations of voyeurism. We live in a difficult moral climate, and what would once be regarded as an innocent shot, might be interpreted differently today.
As Rod says, common sense should tell whether the image could be construed as intrusive or voyeuristic. If in doubt, do not publish it in the public domain.