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Questions about law/legal issues affecting photographers

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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 are my legal rights when shooting a public event?

I've been reading some online information about selling event photos online and I can't seem to get to a conclusion with the information I found. My question is if, for example, I take photos of a ...
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When do I need permission from my subjects to use my photographs?

I am interested in what rights my subjects (i.e. the people I take pictures of) have to my photographs, and in which cases I need permission to post them online (e.g. on my portfolio website or to a ...
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How can I tell if I can use a photo found on multiple websites for a personal website? [closed]

I'll try to make this short. Also if this doesn't belong here, can someone direct me to a proper place to ask this question? I have a photo found on two stock photo websites (for a price) and a ...
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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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What license or permissions do I need to give my clients when editing photos as a service?

I am considering starting a photo editing business. The idea is that people will email me a picture, I enhance it and fix problems, and email it back to them. In the above scenario, can I advertise ...
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Is it legal for me to take pictures of commercial/military aircraft taking off and landing?

NOTE: I'm in the United States so for me this question is mostly about 'is it legal' in the US... I often drive down to one of the access roads outside the fence line of the international airport in ...
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Is it legal to photograph historic houses and display the photos online? [duplicate]

Is it legal to photograph a house with a public tour sign in front of it? Such as historic houses in a town. For instance, where a town publishes a guide to historic houses: is it legal to photograph ...
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Do I need written consent when publishing photographs from models in Germany?

This question might have multiple layers to it. Background I have been taking photos of people for the past two years. These people of course have verbaly consented to this. You could call them ...
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Can I use photos of paid shooting sessions to promote my business?

Lets say a business pays me to do 8-12 business type of shots so they have some nice photos they can use on their own website - and they pay me for the shooting. Copyright stays with me, they get some ...
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Should I ask the hotel permission to shoot potraits in their room/suite?

This is a question specific to US law, and this is the first time I do this, so that is why I ask. I booked a quite nice hotel suite in NYC and I'd love to shoot portraits of a friend there that is ...
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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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How to attribute Wikimedia Photos?

I am using three photos on my landing page which will be used for advertising on Google. On the top part of the page is a slideshow with three photos, and then on the remaining part of the page, three ...
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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 upload pics I took for a paid job, even though the company asked me not to?

I recently did my first paid photography job. I have given a copy of the photos to my client and they said "Please do not publicly release the pics until we have released them (which could be 2 years ...
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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?
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I want the rights to the photos taken of models I pick

I want to make my calendar of men. What do I need for model release of the photos to me? what is a far price to pay the photographer and models? Would I have rights to the photos?
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City/Street Photography; is it morally okay and what laws govern it? [duplicate]

I love to take photos of people in urban areas; buildings, houses, cars, motion, expression... everything. However, taking photos of people and taking photos of indoors without having any permission, ...
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Can I use photos of my own dogs that were taken by someone else?

I recently started a pet accessory business and wanted to use some pictures of my dogs that had been given to me as a Xmas gift last year. The person who took the photos says they own the copyright ...
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Can I make commercial use of an image which is readily available but with unclear licensing?

I found a desktop wallpaper on the web that i would like to use for commercial work. I am interested in using about 30% of this image, but I am not sure if it is legal. I googled a lot and there is ...
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Can I sell a book that includes pictures of people's cats?

I live in Portland, OR, USA. For the past couple of years, I've been taking Instagram pictures of cats in my neighborhood. All the pics are taken from the sidewalk or the street. Some of them show ...
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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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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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What can and cannot be legally done with editorial photos?

I'm wondering what is allowed to do with editorial images (as opposed to "commercial" photos) - and I'm not talking about the rules of a specific stock photo agency, rather about laws. I know ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If my photo is “copied” through a painting, is that a legal?

Are both scenarios legal? I own a photo, and someone painted a replica (using canvas and paints) and sold prints. Someone altered it using Photoshop to look like a painting and sold prints. Do I ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 subject"....
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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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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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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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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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Why are tripods forbidden in some public spaces and how to deal with it?

Yesterday, I've been to the Britomart train station in Auckland, New Zealand, to take some pictures of that place. To do so, I carried my tripod with me. Aware of the fact, that some places don't ...
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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 ...