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Legal Guide - Children and Photography August 2018

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Legal Guide - Children and Photography

Photography of naked people, including children is Lawful.
The Law is very specific in terms of what constitutes an “indecent image” but frequently police officers have used part of Category C which covers “other” i.e. anything else they are not sure about, to decide that family Naturist photographs which include children without clothes fall into this category. This is an error - only a jury can finally make this decision.
If any member is arrested or questioned about photographs in their possession, and is confident that these are simply Naturist photos of family/friends, taken in private houses/gardens or in public at a Naturist event or resort, please refer to the guide.

What's New in Version August 2018   See changelog


Version 1.1 - fixes minor typo in original.

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Absolutely sound advice, which everyone should follow.

The law is that everyone is entitled to take photographs from a public place, or a private one where permission is granted for photography. There are very few exceptions, such as photographs of MoD land, and some locations where commercial (as opposed to private) photography needs a licence.

As a photographer (principally of transport subjects and buildings, but not exclusively so) I have had countless arguments with people (including the police) questioning my right to take photographs. All have been successfully rebutted.

It is a common misconception that pictures of children are forbidden. They are equally lawful as are pictures of adults.

Since Naturism is a perfectly ordinary pursuit, the general rule still applies: photographs taken from a public place, or a private one with permission, are lawful, children present or not.

Now, the use to which such pictures might be put, is a different question, but that is a whole other issue.


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