Mr. P
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Mr. P asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 2 months ago

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?

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  • 2 months ago

    That's an excellent method to protest a business or even government operation.

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  • 2 months 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.

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  • 2 months 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.

    • CJ2 months agoReport

      If you are asked to remove the image and you do not then it could lead to more. If the image is offensive then you could have an entire neighborhood coming after you. 

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  • Bruce
    Lv 7
    2 months 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. 

    • Nosehair
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      2 months agoReport

      These are all pretty subjective and I really doubt that any of these accusations would be enough to warrant any legal reaction.

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  • 2 months 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.

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  • 2 months 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.

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  • Carmen
    Lv 4
    2 months 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. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    There’s a bunch of different laws you could be violating depending on what is being shown. 

    Public disturbance 

    Distraction to drivers on the road

    Illegal public performance (copyright)

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  • Satan
    Lv 7
    2 months 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.

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  • Ann
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Without permission, yes.

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    • Nuff Sed
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      Simply "without permission" wouldn't necessarily make it "illegal".  Show us the criminal statute that this would violate.

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