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Questions about law/legal issues affecting photographers

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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