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Questions about law/legal issues affecting photographers

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What am I legally entitled to do with a photograph I've purchased?

If I purchase a professional photograph - am I then allowed to treat or adjust that photo any way I wish once I own it? For example, would it be an infringement of the copyright to enlarge the ...
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Right to use a photo taken at a Russian train station

I took a cool photo whilst standing on the platform of Paveletsky station in Moscow. Its a bit like this one. Do I have the right to use my photo on the cover of a book that I'm publishing?
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What is the impact of the EU discussion on restricting freedom of panorama?

I'm quite interested on the current discussion on "freedom of panorama" in EU, which seems to basically restrict a lot photographers' possibility to take shots of monuments, architecture and maybe ...
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Can I post a picture of a kitchen remodel we did for a homeowner on our website?

I have a question- I am a remodeler- we did a great custom kitchen remodel for a client- they were extremely difficult & unkind- all said and done it turned out to be the most gorgeous remodel so ...
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When do I have to give credit for the arrangement of photo I took?

I was at a friends wedding and I was taking pictures while a photographer was there. I uploaded my pictures and put my own edit on them. Now she is asking me for credit for the pose and styling. Do I ...
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Is it permissable to share photos of recognized brands as nonprofit art?

I have read few blogs on this question, but many of them contradict themselves, and even some admit that themselves as it is such a contradictional issue because there can be different use cases that ...
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Do I need permission from the photographer to use images taken of me in my personal portfolio?

I am a paid model, my work comes from both agencies and portfolio websites such as purestorm.com. Photographers pay me to take photos of me and my question is am I allowed to use these images on a ...
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Is it legal to resell prints after framing them?

I've recently started a creative photography mounting and framing hobby. I own some really nice physical photograph prints of various people and places that I purchased over the years. These include ...
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protection for contributing to stock images

I am new to photography and would like to become a contributor to some stock agencies. I would like to confirm, with a expert, that will shooting my images. My original file's resolution is ...
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Legal: do I need releases for a photo booth at a public event?

I have a non-profit that regularly puts on public events that are free and open to everyone. We recently installed a photo booth at our events that anyone is free to take part in. We created a release ...
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Are the Yongnuo clones of Canon flash equipment and lenses legal to sell/buy?

Yongnuo has recently released their 50 mm f/1.8 lens that is almost identical to the Canon 50 mm f1.8 in their external design. They've also created a lot of clones of Canon flashguns and accessories ...
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my wedding photos were a gift but now she wants to put them all over the internet

I had a friend who is a professional wedding photographer offer to do our wedding pictures as a gift.... When we finally got them 6 months later we were told they were available by her putting them ...
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Copyright of a product

If I were to take a picture of an item I own, lets say a backpack. And were to photograph it for product photo website portfolio. Are there any chances for legal repercussions for using this product? ...
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Is modifying a photo to educate generally fair use?

A recent article about street photography suggested pointing the camera into the sun and taking silhouettes as "a great way to create a dramatic effect while maintaining the anonymity of your ...
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Can I legally sell a photograph with a border made to look like an old Polaroid print?

I'm planning to do an exhibition in the near future where I want most of my work to be illustrated in the Polaroid photo format like the image bellow. In this exhibition I may sell some work and ...
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Can a photo of a book page be copyrighted?

Suppose one takes a photograph of a book page. There's no artistic interpretation, the result is effectively a copy of the page. The book is not copyrighted. Can the photograph be copyrighted by ...
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How do I handle international copyright violations?

After the disappointing news regarding copyright rules recently, I thought I'd check to see if any of my images were being misused, too. I found one of my images apparently growing legs and wondering ...
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Doesn't the spread of photographs on social media fall under copyright infringement?

Everyday thousands of pictures (memes,celebrity pics, wallpapers) are shared by users like me on websites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and many other websites. We get likes and shares ...
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What is the legal consensus on “pinning” photos using Pinterest?

Imagine person A sharing a photo on a website publicly, for example on a community site like Flickr. Next, person B "pins" this on a board in Pinterest, without asking for permission. The same photo ...
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Model Using Photographs Without Permission?

Model releases are often discussed where the photographer needs the model's consent to have the photo published/used commercially. But what about the other way around? Can the model use the photos the ...
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Photos of people on an ad supported website [duplicate]

Can I take candid photos of people in publuc without their knowledge and post them on an ad supported blog or website?
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Question about legal usage of stock and photos with attribution [closed]

I have a question about legal usage of stock photos which also applies to photos with attribution. If photo is royalty-free and requires one-time purchase, can I take picture with camera of my screen ...
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Found photography: what is the status of a memory card?

All of my CF cards are pre-used, as I mainly shoof film, it's not worth the cost to get new ones. However, some of them have photos from the previous owner; what is the legal and artistic status of ...
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Hong Kong legal issues when taking photos

Which part of Hong Kong law regulates the question where and I can take photos of people and what I can do with them later (i.e. when do I need a model release signed). I have checked the copyright ...
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Hand painted Coca-Cola logo on old garage

I have an image of an old garage with a hand-painted Coca-Cola logo on an exterior wall. Do I need a release from Coke to sell copies of this image?
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Legality of shooting photos on the campus of a private school? [closed]

There's a private boarding school that would be perfect for my preppie fashion blog. I won't be taking photos of students, just taking selfies and portraits of models wearing vintage Ivy League ...
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Can I be required to delete a photo from my phone?

Recently during a performance at a theater (in the US) I took a photo of the stage during intermission and was warned not to do so by a member of the staff because of "copyright issues". I apologized ...
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If I paid for photography am I entitled to raw images?

If I paid for photographs on my wedding and the photographer has supplied me only with low res files (200 kb approx for all) and says she is unable to save them edited in high res, am I entitled to ...
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What determines who owns my photographs?

I work for a California university as a writer and web developer in an insect science department. My job description also includes photography (mainly of faculty and their projects), but the ...
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If you are shooting a movie/photo (non-profit or profit) with a willing person, should you get a contract signed from him/her?

I was wondering should you get a contract signed from the person who is interested in participating in the shooting as a subject.
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Is there any situation where it is legal to post a photo taken in private property without permission? [closed]

Photos taken in public are generally considered to be publishable without requiring permission. Photos taken on private property are generally considered to require permission (in the form of a ...
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What is the recommended pratice for publishing a photo subject's name in a caption, from public event, with or without release?

Additional question associated to this topic regarding photo releases at a public event ... What is the recommended practice regarding captions that could include a child's name (minor, under the age ...
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What is the process involved in acquiring permission to photograph within a mall?

I have a client who needs to shoot a video of walking into a mall to a kiosk where he will be selling products. The problem is he has gotten kicked out of every mall he has tried to film inside ...
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What are the copyright factors involved in sending digital copies of photos to clients?

I am wary of copyright, but have trouble understanding the jargon. In lay, could somebody outline the key legal UK copyright factors associated with the following parts of the photo to client ...
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I just saw my children in a photograph on the wall of a chain restaurant. What rights do I have to protect their image?

A friend alerted me she saw my children in a photograph hung in a chain restaurant. Although the picture was taken at a public event, I never gave permission for anyone to sell the image of my ...
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Is this type of photo manipulation still violating copyright law?

I am a photo student and I am doing a photo series on contemporary art. I plan to take pictures of contemporary art from printed books (photo of a published photo of an art work). And I will be ...
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Copyright Was Released to All Images: Does this include all RAW photos?

In our wedding photographer's contract it states that she includes the "Copyright RELEASE to ALL Images" and does not specify to only the edited images. Do we have the right to demand the RAW image ...
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Does street photography including children introduce any specific concern?

If one were to take a similar path as Henri Cartier-Bresson in shooting candid street photography today, should they be concerned about laws or other realistic norms of today? I am wondering ...
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Can I post photos of people online (US)? [duplicate]

I apologize for the confusion, as I asked a similar question before. However, I think I was unclear. I wanted to know whether it is possible to post on the internet (Flickr, Facebook, etc..) photos of ...
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Still-life reconstruction considered plagiarism?

I am really bad at still lifes. That is, I never even attempted making one. So I decided to try and make a photo of freshly baked bread. I stumbled across a few amazing shots on the Internet which I ...
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Does Canon's USA lens warranty hold in India?

I have purchased a Canon lens in the USA from Amazon. Now I stay in India and am planning to sell that lens. The lens is in warranty period. Does the warranty still hold in India? (Are all Canon ...
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How do I make sure I keep rights to photos I take for a band?

Recently, a friend of mine asked if I could photograph his band to use as promotional material along with their newly-recorded album. They want to use the image(s) to send to record companies, put on ...
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Candid people shots

What are the appropriate laws regarding taking candid or unsolicited shots of people in public places? Do they have a right to prohibit me from doing so? Can they sue me for invasion of privacy? Do ...
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If a runner in a race signs a model release, can I use the photo for commercial use if I buy it on a stock site?

I am designing a race calendar and I need some good images. I have found some on stock sites, but they are for editorial use only. I know that most of these races have all runners sign a release of ...
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Who owns the copyright of a picture taken of my construction work?

Here's the scenario: I work for a company that does some home improvement work. An architect designed the house, we did the work. I found pictures of that work online, contacted the architect and ...
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Can old photos be used in a self-published memoir without permission?

I am helping an older person self-publish her memoir. She has photos of students in plays that she produced in a school setting some 30 plus years ago. She cannot now track down these people to get ...
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When do you need a model release?

Revised Question: After a bit of a think I realised that this question can also be asked the other way round and much more simply: In what situation(s) have you required a model release? Original ...
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In Connecticut, do employees have rights to photographs of themselves?

In Connecticut specifically, if an employer hires a company to take photographs of their employees (headshots with nothing in the background that may be considered company property), do the employees ...
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Is modifying an animal photo for use as an avatar icon within fair use?

I found an animal photo I'd like to use as an avatar. I only want to use the head of the animal and would retouch it a bit. Is this considered as fair use?
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Is it a printer's responsibility to determine copyright?

I have run an "on the side" mail-order high-end photo printing business for a couple of years now, and have printed all sorts. I have considered this before and have drawn up my own conclusions, and I ...