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Questions regarding the recording and use of images by any means. Consider also the more general "recording" tag.

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What are some reasonable requests, if someone doesn't want to be in a video of others vlog when walking on street, which shared online in California?

Let's say Bob is walking on the street and he notices that someone is doing vlog walking by, which holding a stick with Insta360 camera (captures everything around the cam). What are some options for ...
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Can photos of the Mount Olympus be used commercially?

I have heard that some European countries restrict commercial use of protected archeological or cultural heritage items. But this does affect natural settings like the mount Olympus (located in Greece)...
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Finding the license for a widely-used photograph

I'm writing a blog post related to the C programming language, and would like to illustrate it with this iconic photograph of Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie in front of a DEC PDP-11, but only if ...
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Are there penalties for someone who films you without your permission? [duplicate]

If someone films you in passing, is there any action that can reasonably be taken, if you did not want to be filmed and they did not ask for permission?
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Admissibility as evidence of photographs taken by a mobile phone

It would appear that Samsung has admitted that images captured using their mobile phones' "Scene Optimizer" feature (which can be disabled) are not necessarily an accurate photograph of what ...
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What legal actions can a minor take against an adult having photos of her

A man printed out 400+ pictures of different girls, ages ranging from 15 to 20. From what I could tell most of the pictures were from social media accounts, there were mirror pictures, bikini pictures,...
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Is it legal to photograph someone in private after they withhold consent?

Follow-up question to Is it legal to photograph someone in public after they explicitly withhold consent? From the above question, it's legal to photograph someone in public even if they withhold ...
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Is recording children either by photo or video in itself an offence?

There is no indication that the children are other than fully clothed or that they (or anyone else that is part of the fact pattern) are depicting or party to any lewd acts.
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What is the legal basis of Kate Middleton's threats against paparazzi photographing her in public?

Follow-up question to Is it legal to photograph someone in public after they explicitly withhold consent? Kate Middleton has in the past been followed by paparazzi everywhere. She reacted to that by ...
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Is it legal to photograph someone in public after they explicitly withhold consent? [duplicate]

As I understand it, it's generally legal to photograph someone in public, because consent can be assumed. It has to work this way because otherwise it'd be impossible for e.g. journalists to take a ...
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Is it illegal to take pictures of the police in public in Germany?

I visited Cologne last year. I was taking a selfie with my phone's inner camera in front of a monument. I was unaware that my phone's outer camera was facing police officers conducting checks. One of ...
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Working a car cleaner now, my manager asked me to take some pictures before cleaning and after clearing, privacy issue of the car owner

I understand that the car's owner and the company have some agreements before the service begins. But as a worker, I would like to ensure doing so would not break any laws, even if the instructions ...
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Who has copyright when photographs are retouched or edited?

Client B took photos and hired Contractor A to retouch or edit them. Client B retains the copyright for the originals, but who owns the copyright for the retouched/edited photos?
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Why is Star Wars a copyright issue but a MLB team is not? [duplicate]

Over the weekend, I was asked to be part of a photo shoot for a political candidate. I was wearing a t-shirt that featured a Star Wars character and the photographer stated that he wanted to position ...
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Legal to publish video of sports competitions without subjects' consent?

If I participate in and film my participation in a sports competition in the UK, can I publish the footage afterwards if it contains the other participants without asking them?
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Is it legal to take photos on private property?

My friends and I were out to dinner last night, the restaurant is on this sort of alleyway/private road that’s off of a main road. There are a few other stores and restaurants on this alleyway, and ...
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Determining Fair Use of Images in an Online Encyclopedia

Background Fair use hinges on four factors, which are then weighed by judges: Purpose and Character of the Use Nature of the Copyrighted Work Amount of Copyrighted Work Used Effect of the Use on ...
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Is it copyright infringement to send a message with a trivial photograph you don't own

Say for example you want to convey a detail to someone of a common object, and showing them a picture would be a lot simpler than describing it in words. Would it be illegal to download an image from ...
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Is it necessary to be certified before opening a photography studio?

Suppose that a person is not certified as a professional photographer in Nigeria, but believes that s/he has enough personal experience to run a studio. Is there any legal problem if such a person ...
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Is it legal to take and publish pictures in publicly accessible residential areas?

I'm thinking of doing something similar to Google Maps Street View, but focused on covering as many roads as possible in one local area, rather than major roads in as wide of an area as possible. Is ...
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How much change to a company’s copyrighted picture is needed?

A picture of a slipcover on a company's website- a company's sofa will always look the same. If you had the sofa picture would look the same so how can it be modified enough? I understand you can't ...
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Is taking a screenshot or photograph of e.g. a third person's ebay's account as evidence legal?

Alice and Bob live in a flat together. Bob mentions to Alice, that he is buying and reselling merchandise but not reporting it to the tax office, because he does not want to register a business. One ...
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Right to show photographs without permission in a church setting

It seems there is a right to publicly share photographs of people taken without their permission, if the photographs are taken in public places. Would that right apply to a church setting? Or would ...
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Are self-portraits exempt from the right of publicity according to the Creative Commons license?

The legal code of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license states: Moral rights, such as the right of integrity, are not licensed under this Public License, nor are publicity, ...
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Is it legal to use a drone to photograph a power plant?

Assume the drone is launched from from outside the property of the plant and does not fly over the property boundary of the plant. Location is the United States. (If laws by state differ then focus on ...
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Can satellite images be copyrighted?

OpenStreetMap doesn't allow editors to trace satellite imagery from Google, claiming that the imagery is copyrighted and tracing it would be a copyright violation. But how can satellite images be ...
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Someone took a picture of me with my camera, at my request. Who owns the copyright? [duplicate]

I am digitally archiving photographs taken by my deceased relative. Most of the time it is clear they took the pictures, but once in a while in a film roll there is a picture of the relative, clearly ...
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Andrew Laming’s photo of Crystal White: Could the taking of the photo have been an offence?

This question is about an act that occurred in 2019 but was only reported in the last week of March 2021 by, for example, 9 News and news.com.au. Andrew Laming, an MP in the Australian state of ...
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Fair Use of Photo as a Derivative Work - copyright photograph with substantial new elements

This is a real instance, but I'm going to avoid names. I downloaded a photograph found via Google - a still from a famous show. This is an image of a television character in a known location that was ...
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Is photographing or recording a person without their consent a “nuisance or annoyance”?

I am interested in the answer in general, but also particularly interested in how Western Australia’s Public Transport Authority Regulations 2003 section 13 would apply: A person who acts in such a ...
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How is it with taking photos of people?

Few years ago there was an interesting affair. There was an IT guy whose laptop was stolen. The owner used his IT skills to get pictures of the new owners of his laptop (not neccesarily thieves) ...
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Compensation for using my picture

Suppose that A worked at an amusement park. Someone from management took A's picture as A was working at a ride. Since then, they have used that picture on billboards (for the past 2 summers) and on ...
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Any law that requires you to allow police to photograph you in public?

Lets say you are in public, and the Police approach you. You do not wish to speak to them and want to walk away. They detain you for the purpose of taking a photo of you but you have not committed a ...
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What are an amateur photographer's rights at a protest/riot?

Suppose an amateur photographer, i.e. does not get paid for her work and has no press credentials. The photographer does post photos to social media, e.g. instagram. The photographer attends the rally ...
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Why are photos of people in public blurred?

If one has no reasonable expectation of privacy while out in public, why are faces so often blurred out in photos and video? For example, on Google Earth.
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Can a person use a picture of copyrighted work commercially?

I was reading a book which had a picture of a car on it. I started wondering whether the author needed to get permission or a licence from the brand, or could they use the picture without infringing ...
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Is it illegal if someone posts a photo of me that was taken by their front doorbell without me knowing?

I was given an address from someone who owes me money. I went to the address and rung the door bell, a lady answered the door. I asked if Tom was there, she replied no and no Tom lives here. I ...
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Using pictures from Wikimedia commons?

I'm writing a book (script for students) about art that will be published. I have a lot of images from Wikimedia Commons (photos of sculptures,...). Most of them are licenced so that "You must ...
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Photos taken inside private home by guest without permission

Alice meets Bob on a dating app and invites him to her place to have good time with him. Bob takes photos of the place's interior (walls, furniture etc.) without Alice's knowledge (and so without her ...
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painting of a child [closed]

I live in Europe. My wife's friend has made a painting of my wife and daughter. The painting has been done from a photo, which my wife's friend, the painter, has taken. I did not have any idea about ...
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Taking a picture of a parking offender while still in the car

I occasionally see car drivers parking on the bike lane that I am using. Usually I take a picture of the car and send if off to the city, they issue a parking ticket. These days I had a case where the ...
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Can I sue a publication for using my picture in an unflattering light?

I was walking down the street with my boyfriend a photographer asked if he could take a picture of us. We agreed and he snapped the photo and left. No consent forms were signed. Now the photo is being ...
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Right to be photographed in public area

I know the general answer to being photographed in public is legal. But what if they photograph me without my permission. I am talking about my face. In public, do I not even have the right to my own ...
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Using someone else’s photograph

Is it illegal to copy a picture of someone else, found on a public site, and use it on your own site?
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Licensing an image and artwork

A musician asked me to create his latest album cover off one of my photographs. He's not famous and will only publish his work on a few music websites, so he will use the artwork as a digital file ...
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Pictures of people breaking the law in Facebook

Within this COVID19 pandemic various activities were forbidden in Portugal, like spearfishing or catching crabs in rocks. Yet, some people insist on doing them (let's call them rebels) but in a "...
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Do family pictures and videos in public places fall under GDPR?

The Czech Data Protection Authority fined Mr. Rynes for filming members of the public without their consent. Mr. Rynes appealed, arguing that he was covered by the personal and household ...
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Child pornography and pictures of oneself

Alice is 30 and lives in the EU. When she was underage (say 14) she willfully took photos and videos of herself masturbating and/or performing explicit sexual acts. She still has those photos on her ...
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Is it legal to upload a photo from a public place without the subject's permission?

For example, a buddy of mine recorded or captured a photo/video of someone let us say fighting or just talking in a public place such as the public road. It is legal to post it in social media even ...
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Social media photo posting without permission

My friend was at work and doing her job when a customer secretly took a picture of her and used it to make an embarrassing meme and posted it on Facebook. This upset her obviously and she lashed back ...
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