Q&A: Mickey Osterreicher New York Law Journal August 17, 2012
Mickey Osterreicher, 59, chased news for almost 20 years as a photographer, reporter and producer for a Buffalo newspaper and television station. Now a lawyer and the general counsel of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), he applies his legal skills and journalistic savvy these days to fending off what he sees as an ongoing "assault on photography."
Criminalizing Photography New York Times August 14, 2012
Mickey H. Osterreicher is the general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association and edits the organization’s Advocacy Committee blog. He spoke with James Estrin sbout the right to photograph.
Letter to the Editor The New York Times August 9, 2012
The arrest of Robert Stolarik, a freelance photographer for The New York Times, by New York City police officers is a giant step backward in police-press relations.
Covering the Conventions and Protests NPPA Advocacy Blog
August 7, 2012
In preparation for the expected protests during the upcoming political conventions being held in Tampa, FL (Republican – August 27-30) and Charlotte, NC (Democratic – September 3-6) I have conducted training with the police agencies in both cities regarding 1st and 4th Amendment rights of citizens and journalists. It is our hope to avoid a repeat of the interference with and the arrest of...more
Drones, Privacy & Photojournalism Harvard Law and Policy Review July 23, 2012
As a lawyer, Mr. Osterreicher has been actively involved in such issues as: cameras in the courtroom, the federal shield law, media access, public photography and copyright infringement. He helped to draft the revised photography guidelines for Amtrak and police-press guidelines for the Toledo, OH; Miami Beach, FL; Suffolk County, NY; and Rochester, NY Police Departments. Mr. Osterreicher has also...more
The Perils of Filming the Police NPR: On the Media June 15, 2012
It is not illegal to film police, but there have been several instances of citizens being arrested because the police didn't want to appear on camera. Bob talks to Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, who has been doing workshops with police around the country about the right to film police in the line of duty.
Photography & the Law: New Laws Have Significant Impact JPG.com March 11, 2012
A growing number of states have been proposing and enacting new legislation ostensibly intended to protect farm businesses from outside interference but could have significant impact on Photography/Recording.
Honor, Lies and Videotape MLRC Media Law Letter February 29, 2012
It was anticipated that United States v. Alvarez would be argued before a divided Supreme Court in the wake of much handwringing and prognostication. The case met or exceeded those expectations. By way of background the issue in Alvarez is whether a federal law (the Stolen Valor Act of 2006 (“the Act”), 18 U.S.C. §704(b)) subjecting a person to criminal penalties for making false statements that...more
Photography & the Law: Copyright Issues JPG.com February 19, 2012
After writing about "terms and conditions" for use of photos in my previous blog it became obvious that a discussion of copyright was also needed. Copyright is a vast area of law, even when limited to just questions about photography. The issue came up this past week when a certain type of meme (a concept that is disseminated via the Internet) started appearing on Facebook, many coming from...more
Photography & the Law: Knowing Your Rights JPG.com February 8, 2012
I started to write the latest installment to my blog on 1/30/12 with these words - "when I started writing I had only intended to do a blog a month or one every two weeks but so much happens every week that I feel the need (and will do my best) to write at least once a week so that some things don't get old." A week later so much has gone on that needed immediate attention that I am just now...more
Photography & the Law: Then & Now JPG.com January 24, 2012
Since my first post it has been another very hectic week as photographic and legal issues collide. NPPA protested the arrest of one of its members, San Diego freelance photojournalist, Edward R. Baier, who was arrested while covering a news story. What was almost as much concern was the seizure of his camera and recordings. After receiving our letter police returned the camera and began an...more
Photography & the Law: War On Photography JPG.com January 18, 2012
I have been asked to write a blog about legal issues facing photographers. I thought that the best way to begin was to provide a little bit of background about myself and a brief overview of some of the things that are happening on an almost daily basis throughout the country ...more
THE ONGOING ASSAULT ON PHOTOGRAPHY MLRC Bulletin 2011 January 9, 2012
The widespread mistrust by police officers of the media (or anyone with a camera) and their misguided belief that photography and recording in public places maybe restricted under color of law through police abuse of power will continue unless proper guidelines and policies are adopted by law enforcement agencies throughout the country. This will only come about through strong advocacy on behalf...more
Cameras in the Courts Reynolds Courts & Media Law Journal August 1, 2011
In this issue, Mickey H. Osterreicher, general counsel of the National Press Photographers Association, revisits the history of the camera in the courtrooms issue, with a focus on recent developments including the new federal cameras experiment.