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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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Can vs can't of street photography in New Zealand

Ask the New Zealand Police... https://www.police.govt.nz/faq/what-are-rules-around-taking-photos-or-filming-public-place It is generally lawful to take photographs of people in public places without ...
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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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Does a photo copyright have an expiration date?

This is not legal advice! According to this FAQ from U.S. Copyright Office copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years. Also get in mind this: work made for hire,...
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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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How to make my photos Creative Commons

Can someone tell me how could I make my photos Creative Commons? Creative Commons is an organization that has created and maintains a number of different licenses for sharing content. They also have ...
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Is photography banned at Birmingham New Street Station (UK)?

The general position under UK law (with very few exceptions around things like military installations) is that you can take any photos you like if you are on public property - even if the photos are ...
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Do you ever need model releases for your own children?

I did a quick Google of "Canada Model Release Law," and found this info: Why does it matter if the model is a minor? If the model is a minor, he or she will need parental permission to ...
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Can I use photos of paid shooting sessions to promote my business?

I believe as I am the copyright holder this would be OK, even if there is no model release, right? Or would I have to make them sign a model release so I could use the photos of them on my site? ...
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Should I ask the hotel permission to shoot potraits in their room/suite?

Believe it or not, when you book a hotel room you are also signing an agreement to certain terms and conditions. It would be advisable to review the terms and determine if you are breaking any of them ...
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how to handle photography permission in a conference?

I'd have expected the organizers to have permission to photograph and video from all the attendees, typically done as part of the terms and conditions of agreeing to attend. I'd suggest contacting ...
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Using pinterest photos?

You know the answer to this already: no, you can't use them. You're not developing the Pinterest Products, so you can't use them. Despite the rumours which fly round the web occasionally, you don't ...
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Can a photo of a page of a copyrighted book be used commercially?

Generally, no. This is just reproduction and the copyright holder of the original work would retain copyright in the reproduction. In fact, if your photograph itself has little additional creativity ...
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Does "not in purview to provide authorization" mean I can post the picture to an editorial?

I'm not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV, but to me that reads as We don't have the authority to say yes or no. Purview is legalese for 'jurisdiction' or 'authority' If you wrote to the mall ...
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Is it legal to download Darktable in European countries?

"darktable is released under the terms of the GNU General Public License Version 3 or later." -https://www.darktable.org/about/ It is free software, unlike Lightroom. As a point of clarification, it ...
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I took a photo of a guitar. Do I need a property release to sell it as a stock image?

In the case of a picture of a product, the potential issue is trademark infringement (passing off). And sometimes the shape or some other aspect is also trademarked... e.g. both Fender and Gibson ...
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Should I submit scaled-down images to stock images to protect my work?

In my opinion it has not much sense. You want to sell "licences" of your photo. It is your photo and you are licencing it to to the buyers to do "whatever" they please (using the terms and conditions ...
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When do I need permission from my subjects to use my photographs?

First a disclaimer: If you want legal advice then you need to consult a lawyer. I am not one and below if what I have gathered over the years and share to try and be helpful, but it is not ...
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Ethics of publishing a photo of someone right before their death

Ethics In the professional world, this is by no means unheard of. Photojournalists do this for a living, and if they end up with a well-taken photo that has someone about to die, they'll still send ...
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