[thelist] publishing pics of vehicles - permission/protocol

Luther, Ron Ron.Luther at hp.com
Thu Jul 24 11:47:07 CDT 2008

TJ crossposted and noted:

>>I have been wanting to post videos of aggressive drivers and their
>>cars, plates, ... times ... dates ... locations ...

.. as well as their names, SSNs, home phone numbers, pet's favorite foods, birthdates of firstborn, ...

Oh, Hi TJ!

First a quick note to remind all that cross-posting is considered bad form here.

Secondly, as much as I may sympathize with the annoyance bad and/or aggressive drivers can be on the highway, this is (IMVHO) an extremely bad idea that crosses the border into vigilante-ism.

>>I dont see what harm a video would do because its actual

Then read up on public reaction to things like Google Earth camera cars, traffic cameras, and even biometric ID cards for that matter.

The issue isn't about the factuality of the event ... it's all about the privacy rights of those involved (and/or standing nearby in some cases).  You don't have the (elected governmental) authority to abrogate other people's rights.  Sorry.  It may be a fun daydream, but it would not be a very smart thing to do.

Back to Bob's original question - I would CYA, make up a release form and get it signed and filed.  You may see the photos as a nice portfolio to have showcasing your 'before' and 'after' auto repairing skills but I think they could inadvertantly land you into legal troubles you don't want to be involved in.  John's point about the potential for objections from 500 pound corporate gorillas is also worth remembering.


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