The legality of playing phone messages in public
September 10, 2010 7:12 AM Subscribe
Distribution/broadcast of recorded phone messages (in Canada) where the calling-in party is unaware they are being recorded: legal?
posted by TheFlak to media & arts (2 answers total)
Without divulging too many of the details of an art project being worked on, I'm wondering if it's legal to rebroadcast phone messages left on a machine without the express consent of the person calling in, assuming that the identity of the caller is not apparent (not stated, or if stated, electronically masked).
These would not be conversations, but messages left on a machine; I'm not sure how that would affect "one-party consent"
as the "party" consenting would be passive in the process.
If I were, for instance, to start a blog of all the messages people leave on my (Canadian) answering machine, would that be legal? Even if I make no mention on my outgoing message that the messages left might be replayed for others?
And would it still be legal if people were calling from outside Canada?