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Arma III Developers Arrested In Greece For 'Spying' 162

An anonymous reader writes "Kotaku reports that two employees of Bohemia Interactive have been arrested while on a photo-tour of the Greek island of Limnos, on charges of spying. The developers were taking reference photos for the upcoming military simulation game Arma III, which is to feature Limnos as it's primary setting, when they were arrested (Google translation of Greek original)."
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Arma III Developers Arrested In Greece For 'Spying'

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  • Re:Spying? Really? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Hazel Bergeron ( 2015538 ) on Tuesday September 11, 2012 @03:03PM (#41303767) Journal

    Greece often arrests people for taking photos of things which may have some public security interest. They arrest plane spotters from time to time and it sometimes reaches the British news.

    It's not really very interesting except to note that photography isn't really a fundamental human right and, outside the US and to a lesser extent the UK, you need to mind local law. If the business concerned didn't even do this little bit of research then I question how good the game is going to be - but the gap between reality and fantasy gets ever wider.

  • by pspahn ( 1175617 ) on Tuesday September 11, 2012 @03:37PM (#41304277)

    Truly a lack of intuition.

    I spent an entire summer plotting out routes of houses to photograph based on an old database of the trees that were sold there 15+ years ago as I was building a photo library of mature trees and large shrubs.

    This has nothing to to do with any sort of military installation and I thought it was pretty straightforward that I would knock of the doors, identify myself (many times it was still the same owners from 15+ years ago and they were delighted to see me), and ask permission.

    Why the hell would you go to another country and take photographs of military facilities? That is just a complete lapse of judgement.

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