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Do I need a property release to sell a stock image of an object when the location is not identifiable?

Can I sell a stock image taken on private property for which I don't have a property release but of which is not recognizable and has been edited? Nobody on the property has technically told me I ...
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Can I take pictures of the outside of someone's house without consent?

Can I take pictures of the outside of someone's house without consent? What if nobody owns the house and it is on sale?
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Where can I find information about what things require property releases and what don't?

In order to license pictures to stock photography providers, one needs to include a model or property release when needed. For instance, in EyeEm.com they claim that: The Eiffel tower by day does not ...
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Can I edit editorial photos? [closed]

Is it allowed to edit images marked as editorial on stock photography sites? The main content of the photo is a building and I just want to remove distracting elements like drainage wells and ...
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What is considered as “unpublished” on usual photo contest rules?

On many photo contest rules, we find the condition that photos must be unpublished to take part on them. That was quite a simple rule when our only way to show our work on public was trough exhibitons ...
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Is it legal to download Darktable in European countries? [closed]

The functionality of Darktable is very good so I thought I would switch from Lightroom to Darktable. Can I download it in Germany or any other European countries which have strict legal standards for ...
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Can someone claim ownership by publishing old photos given to a historical society by various families?

Someone who had access to photos given to a historical society of 100+ yr old photos wrote a book. And in this book he used the photos donated to the historical society. He published his book and ...
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Portfolio release for photographing children under 18?

I will be photographing a school's events and it's students for a week. However, I am not sure if the standard portfolio release will suffice given the age of the subjects. Important background: I ...
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Do I need permission to use images of real estate properties we manage?

Hi I work for a property management company and we'd like to use images of the properties which we manage within our portfolio on our website and social media/marketing materials. They are just ...
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Can I sell a photo as a Limited Edition print if I have sold it as an open edition in the past?

Can I sell a photo as a Limited Edition print if I have sold it as an open edition in the past? I want to start selling some of my prints as "limited editions". However, some of them that I want to ...
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Do camera sellers ever fraudulently reset shutter counts?

Has anyone ever heard of a camera seller resetting shutter counts to make a camera appear newer than it actually is? Or change the shutter count to lie about it being replaced or refurbished? It ...
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Can a tripod be used on the grounds of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich?

It was raining, so I set my tripod up under a covered part [outside] at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, by the main vista only to told that tripods are not allowed on Observatory grounds; you have ...
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Can I sell a calendar made from images of TV casts I found online? [closed]

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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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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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 ...