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Smile! I'm Recording You, Neighbor

SURVEILLANCE

November 5, 2010

The New York Times reports on the increasing popularity of do-it-yourself surveillance as the cost of recording technologies decreases. A Texas resident last year used an at-home surveillance camera to catch his neighbor scratching the back of his car. He posted the footage online and sent it to police, resulting in more than 3,000 views on YouTube and the offender paying $3,000 in damages. The director of the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard said on the legality of such a trend, "generally it's true that you can film your own property as well as anything that is in public view." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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