View Full Version : Legalities of projecting on buildings!
17th December 2005, 08:01 PM
Ive got a project coming up, where we may have to do a week long projection for an enviromental action group. Does anyone actually know what laws are in place to prevent projecting onto bulidings? Are there any bulidings that wouldnt fall under these laws? If you got permission from say a householder that you could project onto their house could you still be prosecuted? What we are planning on projecting is not libelous, but just a countup (opposite of countdown?) of known statistics.... a bit like the US national debt countup See Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._national_debt#Debt_Clocks).
If we were to project onto the side of a car, or out the back of the car onto our own screen (which could be on the pavement)?
Basically, need to have a legal (ie not get my equipment confiscated) way of doing this for a week!
(AV3 Media) (http://www.av3.co.uk)
17th December 2005, 08:40 PM
Well, i guess you may need a few legal advertisement as you will project during one week, if you had done this just once you wouldn't really needed it.
I guess than if you got the authorisation from the householder (and neighbours) and city council, this should be ok.
Make a search on vjf about that as this subject has been discussed before.
For the mobile thing, bear in mind that you can't be dangerous for other raod users !
So maybe it could be nice to talk with a lawyer.
18th December 2005, 02:25 PM
We can't have a roadside screen here in NW england because we're told it is unsafe for drivers who can be distracted.
4th January 2006, 11:27 PM
it would help to know what country you are in,
in the uk you need a cinema license for more than 21 days projection.
projection without permission could be an offense under the criminal trespass act but there has never been a test case, though a circus once settled out of court for projecting onto battersea powerstation without permission.
basically, buildings can be multiple owned and often owners live abroad, so getting permission can take a very long time, and they can often say no or want silly money. involving local authorities can be a pain too. Especially the police. I usually dont ask the police, I just tell them I will be doing it, then at least they know it isn't Al Qaida trying to park a truck bomb when we turn up.
a few 'men at work road' signs and some cones help make it all look official too!
5th January 2006, 03:43 PM
the National Theatre has an outdoor video projection system they use to fill one of the flytowers next to Waterloo bridge, they checked all the legalities before investing in the kit to ensure they wern't breaking any laws, and they wern't. but i have had jobsworth policemen turn up when i've been running the rig telling me to turn it off.
"you can't do this"
"turn it off"
"it could distract drivers"
"yes i can"
"have you seen Piccadilly Circus?"
then you direct them to the production manager.
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