Published on 15th November 2010 01:09 AM
Legal to shoot buildings in Singapore?
Today a client ask me to go shoot some stock photos of buildings.
Do we need any permission to shoot buildings? Or no need? Is it copyrightable?
This is an interesting question that comes up from time to time in the lifetime of a photographer.
Especially in "rules-filled" Singapore, where there is a popular misconception that there are rules for everything, and that everything is prohibited unless expressly authorised.
This is the "No-U-Turn" syndrome that has unfortunately pervaded the Singapore culture today. For those who have not heard of it, the No-U-Turn syndrome comes from the fact that on Singapore roads, you are not allowed to make a U-Turn unless you specifically see a sign allowing this. This is what can be termed the permissive system; ie if there is nothing to specifically say you can do it, you cannot do it.