Do I need to apologize and destroy all evidence?
May 16, 2014 8:34 AM Subscribe
As the person handling promotion for a large event, I videotaped a talk that was free and open to the public. The talk was a part of this event. Part of my job has been to record post about the event, pics, snippets of video, etc. But then the speaker lost it. Did I do something terribly wrong?
posted by lillian.elmtree to Media & Arts (34 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
When I came in a speaker was already talking. This was in a place of business. The talk was open to the public. There was no sign posted that videotaping was not allowed. I hadn't planned to videotape it or I would have said something in advance. I didn't ask if I could videotape since it was already underway.
I very visibly videotaped the speakers with my iPhone for about 15 minutes. (the speakers could easily see me in the small room). No one ever told me to stop. The talk got emotional. I had no idea this would be the case. I continued videotaping because I thought, This is an amazing, possibly historic moment that should be recorded for posterity.
I was going to get the info of the speakers before I left to get their names and make sure it was okay to use the videotape in our promotional stuff, but suddenly my ride was leaving to catch another event so I had to go, too. My plan was to contact the business owner the next day for their info.
As I was leaving the owner of the business, who had been up with the speakers, came over and stopped me. He said they hadn't wanted any videotaping and they wanted to see anything before it goes out. I said that was fine, that I wasn't press, but PR for the event, and I gave them my info and they gave me theirs. Shortly, one of the speakers called the director of the event (of which the talk was a part) and blew up at him, accusing the both of us of being disrespectful.
I've researched this online. It looks like what I did falls within the law. And I thought what I was doing fell within the bounds of my job description. The director isn't upset with me but he needs this smoothed over. I suspect the speaker blew up because he is in the midst of litigation having to do with the subject of the talk (which I didn't know until afterwards).
Did I act disrespectfully? Insensitively? Should I apologize? We've already offered to erase the footage. What's the most professional way to handle this?
Thanks for any advice you have, Mefites.