The Digital Visual has made it a point to persistently share legal news surrounding cases involving infringement of rights and fraud concerning our fellow creatives with you, our readers. The latest case gaining traction comes from American freelance photographer Carlos Miller and his ongoing wrongful arrest battle for taking photographs and video footage of police officers in public at the Occupy Miami protests.
In an industry where originality and creativity is the key to one’s success, it can be easy to become disillusioned by the brilliance behind other photographers, their concepts, and just pure convenience. It seems as though professional photographer Mark Stothard is guilty of the disillusionment and expediency… again.
Because we have been reporting on the infringement of photographers’ First Amendment rights recently, I thought I would continue the trend and cover an update to a pressing matter regarding this very issue.
On October 29th, 2011, Jonathan Foster, a 20-year-old Rochester Institute of Technology photojournalism student and reporter of the school’s weekly publication entitled Reporter, was arrested while covering the Occupy Rochester protest in New York.