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Questions about law/legal issues affecting photographers

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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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Is it legal to stop me from taking photos in temples in India?

I live in India, in the state of Tamil Nadu. Here, some temples do not allow visitors to take pictures or videos. Is that legal, to stop me from taking photos? So many adventures and lovable statues ...
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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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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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Can photographs from a client shoot, but not accepted by them, be used for stock photography?

I have a number of photographs from a recent client shoot that they don't wish to use. Could these be sold by myself as stock photography? For that matter, would it be considered to be ethical to do ...
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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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Where can I host my pictures for free without giving up rights? [closed]

I want to host some pictures at low cost (less than flickr). I have come across Shareapic and Imgur. However, imagur strips the meta-data off of uploaded images, and I couldn't find much information ...
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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 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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How to attribute Flickr Creative Commons photos online?

I found some nice images on Flickr using the advanced image search to show only those that are creative commons licensed; I want to use the images in a commercial website I am building. One of the ...
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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 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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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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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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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 copyright my photographs?

What exactly, if anything, do I need to do in order to copyright my photographs? I have done some research into this topic and find a wide range of answers. Some articles on the web are stating that ...
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Can I publish (online) a photo I took of someone else's house?

I have a collection of photos that I have taken while touring through display homes that were part of a home-design show. I want to publish the photos online to share with others the architectural ...
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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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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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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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Where can I find a sample print release form for business/commercial photographs?

I photographed a business portrait session a month ago for the first time, and need a print release to go with it. The print release I have now is for personal portraits and states that the images ...
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In Canada, who owns the copyright to a photograph that has been taken by a hired photographer?

According to The Canadian Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42) Section 10.2.a states: (2) The person who (a) was the owner of the initial negative or other plate at the time when that ...
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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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How to prevent commercial use of a photo?

I got a request from a guy who'd like to use this image of mine for a print. I am normally open to non-commercial (simple attribution is okay) usage of my photos. So, I wrote "Drop me a flickr mail or ...
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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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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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Is watermarking worth it?

I've recently become aware that one of my photos has been used by a national newspaper beyond its licensing terms (cc-by-sa-2.5, used without the required credit), and whilst I can pursue them for ...
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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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How can photographers protect themselves from being sued?

Le Corbusier have just successfully (which means they won) sued Getty images for selling stock photos that contained furniture they created. In response Getty has requested of all its users that they ...
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Publishing photos in UK

Does anyone know the legal aspects for the following situation? At a sports competition someone took photos of me. They have since posted them on Facebook and on a commercial website, where anyone can ...
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What legal restrictions to photography are there in European countries?

I'm from Ukraine, and I know where I can shoot here and when. I had few trips to USA where I know it's very difficult to shoot on the street, without encroaching on someone else's private life. I ...
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Can I legitimately create derivative works from re-blogged source material?

I've searched around without finding exactly the right answer--and I already know no answer here speaks for the final-say, legally. I'm just looking for general rules of thumb pertaining to my ...
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Where can I find a release form for using clients' photos on websites and on promotional materials?

I am looking for a release form so I can use pictures I took of my clients on my website and on promotional material. I have no intention of selling the photos. I have no idea what to even google. ...
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Can you sell a photo of a hotel building or a sign of a public market?

I have two photos that I took while on vacation, one of the Public Market sign in Seattle and the other is the Sax hotel in Chicago. I have manipulated them in photoshop and am impressed with both ...