Photographers' rights have been misunderstood by many, including the NYPD—who have arrested and ticketed folks for snapping shots in various public locations around the city. However, the NY Times reports on some progress being made: the right of photographers to photograph federal buildings from a public space has been upheld, following a lawsuit filed by 29-year-old Antonio Musumeci.

A legal settlement was announced yesterday by the New York Civil Liberties Union, and the Federal Protective Service will now inform its officers in writing of the “public’s general right to photograph the exterior of federal courthouses from publicly accessible spaces," noting also that “there are currently no general security regulations prohibiting exterior photography by individuals from publicly accessible spaces, absent a written local rule, regulation or order.”

Of course, you know we'll still hear about The Man hassling photographers for unlawful photography.