The question is, when do you have to cover your assets, and when can you shoot freely? For more than a century, photojournalists in the United States have had the pleasure of shooting in almost any situation wherever and whenever they please, because they know that the First Amendment protects their rights to get coverage for their story. Imagine all the breath-taking photos taken by noted TIME and LIFE magazine photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White, who traveled the country during the Great Depression, capturing the drawn faces and look of loss and hopelessness of the subjects she photographed so richly. If photojournalists had to get a release form for every shot like those, it certainly would have killed the spontaneity of the moment, and many a camera would have stayed capped due to legal concerns. An ethical photojournalist works within very well-defined rules. The images must be impartial, honest and tell the story in a way to complement a newsworthy event.
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In the context of the web, copyright material includes things like YouTube videos, photos or images posted on Facebook or Instagram, and tweets posted to Twitter. As with many complex issues, like tax law or health insurance, your concerns regarding copyright may not be due to a lack of information about copyright, but rather that you have too much misinformation. Weird, right? The idea of content ownership and a legal requirement to seek permission before sharing it seems counter-intuitive to our informal Internet culture of sharing viral content—but that just shows how misunderstood copyright law is on the web. The Reality: When you feel tempted to share a funny video, proper Internet etiquette would dictate that you do a little sleuthing and try to verify the original source of the content.
After the most recent school shooting, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a year old gunman was charged with killing 17 people, debate flows freely, yet again, on how to best prevent these tragedies from ever happening. Anyone with a heart can surely agree this is the overall goal. Anyone suggesting this solution has clearly never experienced a situation like the one seen in Parkland because it oversimplifies the complexity of an active shooter situation, especially in close-quarters.