You'll notice there's no photo with this article. I took the MARTA train to the TOD (Transit Oriented Development) at Lindbergh to do an update article, and was promptly informed by the Bellsouth facilities manager that photographs of the Bellsouth building were not allowed. Instead of finishing my photos of the area I spent my entire alloted time conversing with her about it. I was on what I assume to be city property (the sidewalk at Morosgo Drive).
Now even prior to 9/11 it wasn't uncommon for a security guard or building staffer to attempt to stop me from taking photos. I'd normally handle it on an ad hoc basis. If the person didn't seem to have the immediate power to escalate it to arresting me, I'd politely ignore them and continue taking photos. If escalation seemed imminent I'd back off and contact the facilities legal department for clarification on the policy and the basis of that policy. In every case I was told that the staffer was just overzealous, and there was no such policy.
Granted these incidents were all pre-9/11, so the right to implement the policies may have changed. But can you imagine what taking skylines or street scene shots would be like if every facility was allowed to enact a photography ban?
At any rate at my leisure I'm going to contact Bellsouth's legal department to get some clarification and do a little research on the rights of photography in public places.