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Do I have the copyrights to post a picture I took of someone on instagram?

So do I own the copyrights of the picture and can I post it ? You definitely own the copyright but you may not have the right to publicly display the image. Most photographers get a model release as ...
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Can I make commercial use of an image which is readily available but with unclear licensing?

In general, the rule is simple: if you don't know you have the right to use an image, don't use it. It doesn't matter if it's all over the web, it could still be you that the copyright holder decides ...
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My grandfather gave me a box full of negatives. Does it implicitly give the copyright to the pictures?

Standard disclaimer for legal questions: I am not a lawyer, and therefore cannot offer any legal advice, other than to recommend you seek qualified legal advice from a lawyer. Don't rely on legal ...
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Do I have the copyrights to post a picture I took of someone on instagram?

The following is for entertainment purposes only. If you have a serious legal concern, contact a lawyer. Having the "right" to do something, doesn't mean you have to do it. It was a jerk move for you ...
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A photo of my wife has been used in a website article without her permission. What can we do?

Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. The information below is general in nature and should not be taken as specific legal advice. If you have a specific legal question you should consult an attorney ...
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Can I legally sell a photograph with a border made to look like an old Polaroid print?

Polaroid applied for a design mark apparently covering the shape of their prints, but that application was abandoned in 2000. That shape is distinctive, but, for example, Fujifilm Instax looks similar ...
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Can I use photos of my own dogs that were taken by someone else?

She had given me verbal permission to use the photos for whatever I wanted, but now that we aren't close anymore, she has decided otherwise. This comment makes the situation a bit more hairy legal-...
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Do I have the copyrights to post a picture I took of someone on instagram?

Legally, can you? Probably, yes. By default, copyright belongs to the photographer and you don't seem to have any sort of contract which assigns the copyright to anyone else. However... I'd strongly ...
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Why place camera inside box, during court?

I can really only guess that they are early, or even home-made versions of a camera blimp, used to reduce the shutter noise. They are predominantly used on movie/TV sets, by the show's stills ...
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Do I have the copyrights to post a picture I took of someone on instagram?

Don't know about the US in general and Florida specially, but in many jurisdictions, there are several different rights possible attached to a photo, including: Copyright, which you hold if you are ...
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Is modifying a photo to educate generally fair use?

This seems likely to qualify as fair use, by several of the four factors used as tests. "The purpose and character of your use" — educational and as part of commentary on educational article "the ...
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Can I upload pics I took for a paid job, even though the company asked me not to?

As you said in a comment: the company now has the rights to the images Therefore they're not your images any more, they are your client's - and therefore any use of them by you without permission ...
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Can I make commercial use of an image which is readily available but with unclear licensing?

Creative works are automatically protected by copyright law. You don't have to register the work, put a copyright symbol on it or anything. By default, nobody can copy it (except for fair use). That ...
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My grandfather gave me a box full of negatives. Does it implicitly give the copyright to the pictures?

Does the copyright get automatically transferred to me along with the original film? No While you use those pictures for your own personal enjoyment, it probably does not matter. However, as ...
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Can a tripod be used on the grounds of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich?

It can't be a by-law, as it's private property; it can only be a 'management decision' & frankly they can be as capricious as they like. I've been there with a full film crew & 100 movie ...
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Can I use photos of my own dogs that were taken by someone else?

Assuming you are in the United States, the photographer owns all rights to images they take unless they were done under a contract that assigns those rights to someone else or under a work-for-hire ...
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What is the legality of selling prints of "private land" in the UK?

The general position under UK law is that you can take any photos you like if you are on public property - this is how all those long-lens paparazzi are legal. As you note, almost all the UK is owned ...
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Doesn't the spread of photographs on social media fall under copyright infringement?

Yes, there is a breathtaking amount of copyright infringement going on on the internet. The thing is: where it concerns images, most of it happens with the implicit approval of the copyright holders, ...
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Do I need permission from the photographer to use images taken of me in my personal portfolio?

I don't think your jurisdiction even matters. Let's take a common sense approach. You have an image of yourself. It was taken by some photographer. You think this is a very good image and you want ...
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Whose permission do I need to feature photographs for analysis on my web site?

So who exactly do I have to get permisssion from to use photos froma shoot Simply, the person who owns the rights to the image(s) under question. The vast majority of the time, and absent ...
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my wedding photos were a gift but now she wants to put them all over the internet

She took the photos. She owns them. She gave you a copy of them, but they're still her photos. If she were to use them for commercial purposes (your image in advertising) you might have more of a ...
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Question about legal usage of stock and photos with attribution

If photo is royalty-free and requires one-time purchase, can I take picture with camera of my screen and use it without paying for it? No. If stock and non-stock photo was taken from certain ...
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When do I have to give credit for the arrangement of photo I took?

I'm not a lawyer, but it seems unlikely that the photographer has a strong legal claim in the absence of special circumstances — just like the bride's hairdresser probably also can't demand credit. ...
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Why place camera inside box, during court?

This is largely a historical artifact. Older cameras not only had noticeable shutter sounds, but also an annoying ratcheting sound as the film was advanced, and due to poor low light ability they ...
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Question about legal usage of stock and photos with attribution

No, of course you can't do those things. Taking a photograph of your screen is making a copy, just like using a copy machine or a scanner would be. Pay the price, or use public domain or Creative ...
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Model Using Photographs Without Permission?

Consent is necessary. Unless otherwise agreed, the photographs are the intellectual property of the photographer. In Getty's model release, the model even agrees that he/she has no rights to the ...
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Is it legal to resell prints after framing them?

Yes, this is legal under the doctrine of first sale. In general, under the law, distribution is an exclusive right of the copyright holder. However, this is a specific exception, where "the owner of a ...
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Do I need consent prior to posting pictures on social media?

It depends. What legal jurisdiction are you publishing them from as well as in what legal jurisdiction were the photos produced? Laws vary greatly from country to country. What type of place were you ...
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Do I need written consent when publishing photographs from models in Germany?

Short answer, sometimes. If you only intend to upload them online, then you generally don't need written permission (some websites do require it though) however it can be a good idea to get permission ...
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How can I tell if I can use a photo found on multiple websites for a personal website?

It is really very simple: Do you own the rights to the image? If your answer is yes then you can use it for personal use. If the answer is no then see #2. Do you have permission from the owner of the ...
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