Is it illegal to project pictures onto a building you don't own?
What would be the crime? Nothing damaged so it is not property damage, nothing permanently defacing it so is not vandalism.
Is it legal to do this?
- 3 weeks ago
That's an excellent method to protest a business or even government operation.
- linkus86Lv 73 weeks ago
Not necessarily. Doing so can be deemed creating a public nuisance similar to having your stereo on too loud. Doing so doesn't cause any damage, but still potentially creates an inhospitable environment for others not on your property, especially the owner of the building. And if so, it is technically defined as light pollution.
- NosehairLv 73 weeks ago
The question is interesting. I don't think it would raise to the level of being criminal unless the content of the images projected was sufficiently inappropriate or defamation. I assume a court ordered cease and desist might be possible but not until after a hearing.
- BruceLv 73 weeks ago
Disorderly conduct, public nuisance, criminal mischief, disturbing the peace.. it could be many things. Without describing the pictures, the type of building, and the intent it is impossible to answer.
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- 3 weeks ago
You'd need to describe what sort of image, and what sort of building.
There's a huge difference between a Christmas decoration projector that happens to catch the corner of your neighbor's house, and projecting child pornography on city hall.
- David SLv 73 weeks ago
Interesting question. I think it would be considered something for which you'd need permission from the building management or owner. At least, you'd be expected to cease doing so at their request or demand.
- 3 weeks ago
Not sure if it would be illegal or not depending on the city codes or laws but if it doesn’t belong to the person putting graffiti on it would they be treating that property vacant or not like they would want someone to treat their property? Following the golden rule might apply in this case Because someone owns it government or otherwise so if not sure be wise see the possible dangers and conceal or protect yourself ask questions before hand.
- Anonymous3 weeks ago
There’s a bunch of different laws you could be violating depending on what is being shown.
Distraction to drivers on the road
Illegal public performance (copyright)
- SatanLv 73 weeks ago
The legal bit would be what you're projecting and the reaction of the people who own the building
As an example, projecting a Christmas message on to the side of somone's house who likes Christmas, there's probably not going to be much issue there as long as you avoid the windows
Projecting a message on the side of an family planning clinic that abortion is murder would be seen as a problem.
- AnnLv 63 weeks ago
Without permission, yes.