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Questions about law/legal issues affecting photographers

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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 ...
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What are the laws in the United States concerning photo printing copyrights?

My wife and I wanted to save money as we were preparing to get married a few weeks ago, so we had my sister take our engagement photos with my Canon EOS 7D. She's not exactly a professional ...
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Can I photograph people publicly, in the USA, without their consent?

If I am out in a public place, is it legal for me to take pictures of other people? What am I allowed to do with these photos? Can I post them online or print them out? Are there different rules for ...
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If someone makes a picture of me, who owns the right to it?

Say, someone snaps a picture of me. Do I own the rights to it? Or is it the photographer? My intent is to find out for U.S. but a plethora of in-depth answers is very helpful!
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What are the laws in Australia surrounding photography in public places?

Occasionally I see references to laws (in multiple countries) where you need a "professional photographers license" or something similar to be allowed to use a tripod in public places. I am new to ...
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Why are residents of some states not allowed in National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012?

There's a weird rule which says "New Jersey, USA" residents may not enter among other countries and states. Does anyone know why? The contest link.
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Laws regarding photos taken from airplane?

What are the laws for photos taken during a commercial flight? Just shooting some clouds outside the window and maybe a small city picture after takeoff. Anything I need to know? Apart from what's ...
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What are my rights as a press photographer?

Okay, I'm not actually a press photographer. However, I just ran into this article (via dpreview) calling for the boycott of a concert because of contracts that deny photographers much of their ...
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Does offering an embed feature violate copyright law?

I know this is not a legal site, but this is closely related to photography so I hope this question can stay here. I am the owner and founder of a wildlife photo site, which I'll only plug here ...
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What are the legalities of accepting payments as a freelance photographer?

Someone I know has been into photography and has recently expressed interest in freelancing. There are a lot of questions she has, but the most pressing one is how to get paid. I have advised her to ...
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A Marketing Firm wants to buy non-exclusive rights for one of my photos, what should I charge?

I was contacted by a marketing firm in Canada requesting that I give them a quote for non-exclusive rights to one of my photos. The the firm does marketing for the company that makes exterior ...
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How to respond to requests to commercially use one's photos without compensation?

I am an amateur photographer and every now and then, I get an email along these lines: Hi there, I really like your photo of X [LINK] and would like to use it in my/our magazine/brochure/website. ...
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Will electronic or digital model releases or contracts hold up in court?

Are there any legal examples where a digital model release/contracts was upheld in court? I have read about digital signatures, but am curious in relation to how it works with, let's say, an app that ...
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What smartphone model release app do pros use?

I am looking for an app that will help me with model releases. I have come across Easy Release which looks like a great product yet what are the pros using when it comes to shooting the photo and ...
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What legal restrictions are there on the use of logos in photos?

This question is similar to my other question however this has to do with Logos. If I am in public (on public property) and take a photo that has a recognizable company logo in it what rights do I ...
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Personality Rights [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a model release needed for all commercial photo sales? I have read many question here on SE looking for this answer and if I missed a question please point me in the ...
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How can I determine if I can use a photo commercially?

Hold on for a second, I know that this is not the perfect place to ask but i dont have any other choice. I was searching for a picture for my project, an iphone app which i'm planning to sell upon ...