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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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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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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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What steps should I take if my photo is used without permission?

I like contributing to community groups with my photos, such as to Flickr photopools, and some more local groups. I do it mainly for feedback and improvements, and, quite honestly, I like it when ...
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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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Why do event organisers have the right to restrict the activities of photographers?

Many public events such as sports, concerts, etc have restrictive policies that limit the ability of the audience to take photographs. These policies can vary from an outright ban to a ban on the use ...
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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 ...
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How do I get rights to pictures someone has taken of me?

A photographer friend has agreed to take some sexy pictures of me. I trust him, but I don't want them to somehow wind up all over the internet. How do we transfer rights of the photos to me?
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Do I need a written model release to enter a street portrait in a competition?

I've taken a street portrait photo (here) that I'd like to enter in a competition (the Sony World Photo Awards). I asked the man in the shop if I could take his photo, and he was more than happy for ...
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What workflow should I use for managing model releases?

Managing and collecting model releases might become a tiresome job, specially for hobby photographers like me. Asking a stranger to sign a paper might become trick in most cases, specially in a 3rd ...
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What legal issues are there with selling photographs of white river rafting companies?

Are there any legal issues involved with going to a public river and taking pictures of white water rafters coming down the river? Firing them up to, say, a Smugmug Website for sale. More importantly, ...
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Can I give a company a two-year license to product images, in the U.K.?

I am shooting products for a company. I wanted to know how I can give them just a two-year right over my images to be shown in the catalogue. Is this possible? Does this come automatically with ...
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Do I need to copyright or license my photos to sell as cards?

I would like to sell my pictures as cards. Do I have to get my photos licensed, or is it better to copyright everything to the fullest extent? I don't want to give up any of my rights to the photos.
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What are the obligations to a client (give them raw photos, etc?)

I have shot an event (a pool party) for a client for free as a first test so that if that worked out we would continue working together. All that was communicated was that I cannot publish photos ...
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Does EzPrints.com Terms of Use try to grab my copyrights?

I generally don't like legal questions, however in this case my choice is either to accept an agreement or move on to a different print service, and I'll gladly do the latter if necessary. I was ...
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How do I correctly provide Creative Commons attribution on a digital print?

I'm using a photo I found on Flickr that is licensed with the Creative Commons non-commercial attribution license. I'm modifying this photo and then will be giving it as a present to a friend. Does ...
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Are there any restrictions on taking photographs of the surfing on the beaches in New York while an event is taking place? [closed]

I'm planning to go to New York next week and will be spending some time at the ASP surf contest in Long Beach. Are there any restrictions on taking photographs of the surfing on the beaches in New ...
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What's a concise “I'm not dangerous” phrase for a business card?

Not being a street photographer, I find myself intimidated by onlookers when shooting in public. Given that and an increasingly hostile government attitude toward photographers, I'm thinking a ...
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Where can I find official resources for Canadian law on photography?

I know 99.9% of you are not lawyers, and I'm not really looking for advice as I have a reasonable idea of what the law allows up here. What I'm looking for was places I could go hunting to build a set ...
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What is a “Full Permission License”?

I just started selling some stock photography for commercial use, and one of my customers/clients asked for a "full permission license" I assume this is a document that would grant them the "legal" ...
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What are the most important issues to cover in a portrait photo contract?

I am planning on doing some photo sessions for friends and want to do it right. I want to have a contract, but I'm not sure what all I need to include. What are the most important issues to cover in ...
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What are the differences between photography laws in USA and France?

I am familiar with United States laws regarding photography in public places, private land, etc. But I would like to understand the differences between photographing in the US and in France. I am ...
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What are good resources for Photographer's Rights around the world?

As a photographer, I take a lot of pictures around the world. In the US, the rights for photographers are pretty clear cut, although harassment and bullying occur at the hands of security and law ...
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Are photo release forms required for old company-event photos?

Can I publish old company event photos (for a Company book that includes "Our History") without all the employees signing release forms? I'm having trouble even finding/contacting the old employees ...
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If I use a public domain image can I own the copyright to the resulting artwork?

I was thinking of using public domain images as backgrounds to my photos. Do I still technically "own" the resulting work?
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Is it legal for me to sell a photo taken from within a store without the store's permission?

I shot some photos of a store's interior for a blog that was highlighting that particular store. Is it legal for me to sell prints of the interior of that store? The photo just includes chocolate in a ...
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Are photo releases necessary when using event photos in my portfolio?

Do I need to get photo releases from people in the images I capture at public events? For example, do I need photo releases from all wedding guests pictured in order to use my photos for ...
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What resources can you suggest to help me write contracts?

I realize the best resource is a lawyer, but aside from that. How did you write your contracts for your photography business? Are there resources out there to help me write my own contracts and ...
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What is the philosophical justification generally accepted by photographers on why they should be able to profit privately over public property?

Say someone takes a picture of Lord Nelson's statue in Trafalgar Square at dusk, and sells on his website for profit. Is it not arguable that people would not buy it if it weren't a statue of a ...
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Do you need photo permission for landscape work you/your landscape company has done?

We own a landscape company and we wanted to use photos of landscape jobs we've installed and photos of gardens we have planted. Do we need permission to post these photos we've taken on our website?
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Has there ever been a ruling on the necessity / legality of a property release for non-trademarked property?

While this is a legal question, it's an area often broached by photographers: that of the property release. An individual's right of publicity is widely recognized, and obtaining model releases from ...
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What are some photography contract gotchas or must-haves?

When preparing a photography contract, what should be included? I'm sure the experienced shooters have examples of things that they always include in a contract or things that they omitted but later ...
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Is it legal to use my name in a marketing campaign (on google)? [closed]

When I enter my name in google.com, at top of the page in Google Ads section there is a big stock photography company listed and the title of this advert is also my name. I am (actually I used it ...
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How can you find out if a building falls under trademark rules?

A follow up to a comment in this question; "However, if you take a picture of a building which falls under trademark rules, then you would face problems. A very few buildings fall into this ...
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Can I publish photos taken in public legally?

Who actually owns a photo that is taken in a public place?
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Celebrity photographies copyrights

I'm creating a international portal about celebrities. Where from can I get photos of celebrities without breaking copyright law? Is there a difference between publishing a photo of celebrity and ...
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Is a model release needed for all commercial photo sales?

I've seen variants of this question covered on many sites but I can't find an answer specific to fine art sales. I know that I need a model release if my picture will be used as stock photography ...
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What are the dangers of doing photography on a “Work for Hire” contract?

I've heard that if one is a professional photographer that it's bad to perform work on a "work for hire" contract. Why is this situation unfavorable to the photographer?
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Is it legal to use images found on the internet?

I realise that I am unable to just use an image willy nilly from the internet, but if an image is uploaded to a site like deviant art, am I able to use it on my site (not claiming it as my own, but as ...