Can I record a face to face conversation without the other parties knowledge or consent?
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Under Oregon law, it is a crime to record an in-person conversation unless all participants are aware of the recording. (It is legal to record a telephone conversation as long as at least one participant in the conversation knows of the recording. So you can make audio recordings of your own telephone calls, but not of third parties.') I have several times seen people play recorded conversations in court. It rarely goes as well for them as they think it will. Something about the act of trying to get someone else to say something incriminating makes most people rather clumsy and foolish.
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