Well, hope some kind soul with law background or knowledge can help to answer this, thanks in advance.
Ok, the situation is me and some frens of mine are planning to do a series of dv shots on some funny ideas, and one of our idea is to make a clips called "who is bad today".
the idea is to place an expensive handphone "unattended" by owner on top of a study table among the study materials and bag in library(university) and with hidden dv camcorders in the adjacent tables: and see how long it last in the unattended state.
Of course the handphone is arranged in a state that it is obvious that the owner forgot to bring along handphone and went for toilet, so left it on top of the table with those study materials intact.
supposingly we would also be taking down footage of the person who happened to chance upon the handphone, and how he would react, either good or bad. (well, according to my experiance and what i observe in my university library, 5 minutes off from ur hp/notebooks/watch/valuables unattended and it is forever "bye bye" )
the good side is the person who chance upon it will pass it to the librarians, as the bad side, can be varied responses.
assume for the bad reactions, in the end we had our footages, we had the handphone back also.
(1) if we don't press charges against the person and privately settle this issue by getting back the handphone, and in the end of the project, the footages of the varied responses of different persons recorded inside the dv are posted on a website dedicated for our project, are we against law?
(2) if it is against law, what clauses it will be? (not getting the person agreement before it is posted as a public material? etc)
(3) does marking and shading the person eyes area have any difference in law than showing the real scenes?
(4) say, if the website server is hosted at a different country than singapore, does it has a different meaning?
or any other things we should take note of?
Thanks. constructive opinions welcomed.
(p.s actually two fren of mine been losing their handphonese and notebooks before in the same library during exam periods. so the idea was raised by them and it is only one of the theme of dv footage we will be having for our graduation dv project. just to clarify )