On The Street.. What are my rights?

question: how to avoid someone beating you up?
When you’re working your camera on the street what can you do if someone doesn’t like you taking their photo?
Andy Williams offers his opinion that it’s legal to take photos of people in a public place. If you want to publish commercially you need a model release. That’s in the States. It’s probably quite similar here.
A quick Google search unearthed this and of course this. The former link is a long article about photography and the law in France. It’s an enlightening look through the ages and a frightening look into the commercial world of tv rights and copyright.

The saying that the street belongs to all no longer holds true.