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Questions tagged [legal]

Questions about law/legal issues affecting photographers. Question should state the relevant jurisdiction.

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Can I sell a calendar made from images of TV casts I found online?

I want to make a monthly calendar and the images I want to use are cast members of CW show One Tree Hill. Can I use cast images I find online and put a quote on them and sell the calendar? Is that ...
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Does “not in purview to provide authorization” mean I can post the picture to an editorial? [closed]

I have recently contacted a shopping mall in Singapore to ask if I could post pictures in published based editorial on their grounds: Can I use pictures with shop windows in editorial? My original ...
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Do I have the copyrights to post a picture I took of someone on instagram?

A girl messaged me on Instagram to take boudoir pictures of her at her house. I went to her house, took her pictures. I went home, edited, and sent them. She said she loved them, but she asked me not ...
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Corporate model objection instead of model release

Firstly, we require every person to fill out a model release. We now have hundreds of model releases on file. It's getting a bit out of hand. Instead, what we'd like to do is include verbiage in the ...
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Can a photo of a page of a copyrighted book be used commercially?

Can a photo of a page of a copyrighted book be used commercially or released into the public domain for reuse?
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Can I use pictures with shop windows in editorial?

Currently taking my photography hobby more seriously I started doing moodboards for editorials I want to create and would love to submit to magazines at one point. I work a lot in places like street, ...
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Ethics of publishing a photo of someone right before their death

I know that this is a delicate question so I hope it is ok to ask here. Let's say you are doing street photography and you happen to coincidentally capture a scene in which someone is right about the ...
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Whose permission do I need to feature photographs for analysis on my web site?

Original Post : 25th July 2018 Edit : 26th July 2018: I own a website which aims to give details about various photo sets which are posted on sites like DeviantArt, Flickr, Twitter, etc. I gather ...
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Copyright for photos I took whilst “self employed” UK

Total newbie here, having some trouble from a ex-boss. I’m a dog walker in the UK I “worked” for someone else’s business as self employed. No contract, they give me a rota of dogs to walk, I invoice ...
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UK freelancers and Enhanced DBS Check

I'm a freelance social-documentary photographer working in the UK. I'm currently commissioned by a third-sector organisation to photograph other third-sector organisations at work. Typically for ...
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A photo of my wife has been used in a website article without her permission. What can we do?

The satrical "news" site, The Onion, has photoshopped my wife into an image for one of their articles. I was wondering what rights we have to get it removed from the site. Notes about the image: It ...
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Do I need a permit to take pictures on UK university ground I'm a student at?

Today light was delightful and I went taking some photographs on my university campus. I like urban and industrial pictures and so I was shooting buildings and back alleys. After about 20 minutes I ...
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Does the release have precedence over the license?

My client would like an exclusive web-usage license for the commissioned pictures. This led me to feel a bit confused as most model-releases give the photographer the rights to: Take the pictures. ...
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Does an animal breeder need to provide a model release for his own animals?

In a shoot that is an assigned-type project, I am being paid to create pictures for the client's website. The models are his own/his friend's animals. To my understanding, in the case of a human model,...
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If i took a picture of a city landmark in Dubai and put it on my website, do I need to get a copyright for my image?

I am running a small business consulting firm in Dubai. I am updating my website with a genuine image, so I took an image of the city with my own camera, a landmark without any people or logos of ...
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Do you need a release form when photographing employees on behalf of their employer?

I'll be undertaking a photography project which involves photographing employees of a small company who are producing a food product using an artisanal process. The photographs will be used on the ...
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Can I sell photos of public property?

Do I need a legal release to sell photos of things such as railroad tracks and plants/animals that are in public property? If I do need a legal release, who do I get it from if it's public property? ...
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Using pinterest photos?

Reading the Pinterest terms, I'm not sure if I can use Pinterest photos. Assume I've done due diligence and verified that the photographer is really the copyright owner of the photos, since the photos ...
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Visitor from event asked for money and removal of editorial content

I got written permission to photograph an public event (it had tickets but the event was open to the general population). The responsible persons for the event knew I was going to submit the photos to ...
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Can every photo be sold as editorial? [closed]

Can i sell this kind of examples of photos below to stock libraries like alamy, shutterstock, 123rf as editorial ? Examples: the photo of my dog the photo of a tree the photo of my pencils the ...
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My grandfather gave me a box full of negatives. Does it implicitly give the copyright to the pictures?

My grandfather, who lives in Cuba, gave me a box full of family picture negatives that he shot in Cuba from around 1940's to 1970's. Some of these pictures are very interesting and I think could sell ...
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Am I legally allowed to publish my own photos of commercial products on my website and social media?

I am a freelance fashion & wedding photographer from India, and now have started product photography. I have done a lot of test shoots at my home studio using brands like Coke, perfumes, beauty ...
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Do I deserve credit for photos I took for work?

I work full time for a company where I perform several different roles. About a year ago they recognized my photographic skills and began to have me contribute photos to their social media campaign. ...
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What is the legality of selling prints of “private land” in the UK?

I have recently decided to try and sell my photographs as prints in mounts. I have seen on the National Trust website that selling images of their locations is not allowed with out a permit, which is ...
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how to handle photography permission in a conference?

I am a photographer. We have around 30 people who do not allow us to take a photo of them during an institute for 4 weeks. Around 600 will attend and apparently it is not easy to follow the permission....
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Logo/Trademark infringments

I am retired, and I have been a pretty good amateur photographer for some time. My grandson is playing on a little league baseball team. I thought that I could make a little income by taking ...
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Images from wikipedia in a book with poor attribution

I have found many questions about "attribution" of work in SE but not specifically about this issue. I've found a book published on paper using many images coming from "Wikipedia". At the end of the ...
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Contracts / Releases For Website ( Amateur ) Models

I've built a website which focuses on a Alternative culture, and I've just set up a section which looks at Alternative Modelling, as I've had quite a bit of interest from models who would like to send ...
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Is a model release required when taking commercial photos for my UK company?

My (UK) company wants me to take some photos of identifiable individuals in a private space, so they can be used on their commercial web site. Is a model release needed here? I'm under the impression ...
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Is photography banned at Birmingham New Street Station (UK)?

I was in Birmingham New Street Station today with my camera and tripod ready to take some photographs of this cool new building. While I was setting up, a member of what appeared to be security staff ...
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Is it legal to take photographies of embassies and consulates?

I found architecturally interesting building in my city (Cracow, Poland) that before war used to be villa and now is the seat of the Austrian Consulate. Does law allow to take photographies of ...
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Why place camera inside box, during court?

I'm not sure where to ask this, as it toes the line between photography and legality, but hoping you can help. I was watching an older documentary called "Paradise Lost" and I noticed that pretty ...
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How to make my photos Creative Commons

I need to post some photos to a competition and as a requirement, the rules say that they should be listed as Creative Commons. Can someone tell me how could I make my photos Creative Commons?
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Can I take a picture of things on display in someone's house?

All right, so, here's the scenario: A friend or family member invites you to their house, you happily come over, and inside you notice that they have, say, a framed picture or write up. Would it be ...
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Do you ever need model releases for your own children?

Location: Canada I am wondering what is the best course of action for getting a model release form signed for your own children for any work or photos that one person would have. I live in Canada and ...
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Legal aspects about street photography [duplicate]

I am new to photography and I do not know what are the legal aspects about street photography. Can I just shoot people and publish their pictures like that?
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...