If you don’t live in the tri-state area, you may not have heard, but there is currently a proposed law in New Jersey, that, according to Jezebel:
“would make it illegal to photograph or videotape children when ‘a reasonable parent or guardian would not expect his child to be the subject of such reproduction.'”
I don’t typically discuss politics on this blog, but since the subject of photography is involved I thought it was interesting to bring up and wanted to get your thoughts. While the goal here is to help prevent child predators from photographing kids, there’s a big risk here that innocent people could get into trouble with no intention of any wrongdoing. I think it’s clear that the bill in question needs to be more specific before it gets passed.
I’m sure many people, myself included, have taken photographs of kids either intentionally, just because it made a cute photo (i.e. photo at left), or unintentionally because they were just in the background.
What do you think? Is this kind of bill a good idea?