Wondering what is legal regarding videotaping on private and public property

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    Wondering what is legal regarding videotaping on private and public property

    I was taking a look at the blog entry that described a woman who had her daughter videotape a coaches pep talk in the middle of a basketball game. Ironically, I think most people would agree that if a coach yells at the team members in the middle of a game, that is just something that comes with the sport, no need for video taping, wire tapping, etc. You can view the blog entry here: Texas Mom Accused of Videotaping Illegally in Locker Room.

    But it led me to think about other situations. What constitutes wire tapping? I mean, what is illegal? If something like this had been done in a library, it would have been summarily dismissed as being anything sketchy or shady, or even anything which borders on illegal wire tapping or video taping that bordered in any way on invading privacy. So I guess my question is this.

    WHAT CONSTITUTES ILLEGAL VIDEO TAPING? I need to place a video device on property in Oklahoma because I cannot be there to watch for thieves who have been stealing 4-wheelers. Is there anything that I need to know about local laws to make sure this is fully and 100% legal?

    Thanks, any thoughts appreciated.


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    I think you certainly have the right to videotape your own property. Millions do it through security cameras all the time. I am reminded that celebreties complain about being photographed and videotaped without their permission, but if they are in a public place they have no expectation of privacy so they have no argument. It is a curious question because different states have different laws regarding the audio taping of a conversation, say a phone call. Some states allow it if one of the parties is aware of the taping, others require both parties to be aware. I am not sure there is a parallell between phone tapping and video-taping for security reasons. There has to be a lot more latitude to have security cameras on one's own property.
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    In the current law rules you can not shoot anyone without someone permission.


 

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