Re: "Torrent release groups are the target - not teenagers"
"seem to recall photographers getting into hot water a few times."
Yes indeed, there were some very high profile cases which ended in Plod getting a slap on the wrist for being bloody stupid and being forced to pay the photographer's legal fees and damages. This more or less put paid to the easy targets that some coppers saw photographers to be. There is still a little bit of grief occasionally with Plod still not getting the message that taking photos in public is not a crime but for the most part the stupidity of dragging some poor sod with a fetish for shooting pics of city architecture through the courts on trumped charges has abaited.