Flash Mafia’s Photography Guidelines
Don’t be a Jerk
So you want to take photographs of celebrities? Doppelgangers? Your Uncle Saul who leads the Veterans Day Parade but doesn’t always go the right way because his hearing hasn’t been the same since the Korean War?
Great! We have a few guidelines we would like you to follow. We created Flash Mafia so that celebrities could connect with their fan base, and give that fan base the chance to replace overzealous, disrespectful, annoying, “professional” paparazzi jerks. This leads us to guideline #1:
Don’t be an overzealous, disrespectful, or annoying photographer.
Our other guidelines are closely related:
Do not stalk anyone. Stalking is a criminal activity under state and federal law. Most laws are similar to California Penal Code 646.9:
646.9. (a) Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or willfully and maliciously harasses another person and who makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his or her immediate family is guilty of the crime of stalking, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment, or by imprisonment in the state prison.
You can learn more about stalking laws here. http://www.victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center/stalking-laws/criminal-stalking-laws-by-state
- Don’t harass anyone.
- Don’t chase someone to take his or her picture. If someone races to get away from you, that’s a pretty good sign that he or she wants to be left alone and you should do so.
- Don’t make someone take flight.
- Don’t trespass on someone’s private property to take a picture.
- Don’t intrude on someone’s privacy, e.g. by peeking over their fence or sending your drone over their swimming pool.
- Don’t take pictures of a celebrity’s children unless it’s absolutely clear the celebrity welcomes and encourages the photography, for example, if the celebrity is posing for photos at a charity event with his or her child.
- If you spot professional paparazzi breaking these guidelines and/or the law, you may want to exercise your first amendment right to photograph them and report them to the authorities. However, take care not to put yourself in harm’s way. Overzealous jerks can be dangerous. So, you do so at your own risk.
If you believe a member of our community is uploading photos taken in violation of these guidelines, we encourage you to report this to us. Please email us with the details at firstname.lastname@example.org
[END OF GUIDELINES]