Ellicott City, MD asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Maryland

Q: In Maryand, can I record meetings with a dozen of people (including myself) at Church?

The recording will be audio and video.

Do I need to get consents from all participants still? As we understand, the church meetings are not private conversations.

Please advise.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Simply announce to all who are present at the outset that the meeting will be video- and audio-taped. If there is a written notice that goes out to everyone who is invited to attend, consider stating that fact in the notice. Anyone who attends and remains is deemed to have consented. Otherwise, they are free to not attend, or to leave upon hearing the announcement.

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