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Questions tagged [photography]

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

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Including images from another site… How does Google do it legally? [duplicate]

Doing a small amount of research tells me that including an image found on Google Images on my own website could be a copyright violation. My question is.... how is it not a copyright violation for ...
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Using Tinder photos for machine learning

I would like to download images from Tinder to use with an image classification app. (Tensorflow with Imagenet to be precise.) Is it illegal to download those images for that purpose? Also, can I ...
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Creative commons for erotic purpose

I am a young writer and I need free photos of girls's body ( so with faces covered ) for the cover of my erotic book similar to 50 shades of grey. Can I use the photos of flickr under this licence ...
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How to handle photos made of an event where the permission to take photos was withdrawn afterwards

I hosted a workshop event on Friday and Sunday. I invited a photographer to take pictures of workshop participants and I had every participant sign a permission statement that these pictures could be ...
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Am I allowed to sell photos online at 15?

I am a 15 year old amateur photographer, and I am looking to sell my photos online. Are there any legal limitations to this? Or am I allowed to sell photos without any legal trouble?
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Is it legal to disclose border officers' laziness/slackness?

I went to one of the Canada/US border offices to renew my Canadian work permit. Some officers there were not quite concentrated on their duties, but spent time on chatting/laughing while processing ...
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Is it illegal to post a picture of someone without their permission?

If I took a potentially embarrassing photo of someone and posted it on a social media site without the person’s permission, such as instagram, could that person take legal action against me? Also, ...
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If I take a photo with my Android phone of a tree to use it as a texture in a video game, who does the copyright belong to?

Let me describe my situation in a nutshell: What if I went around a forest, decided to take photographs of some trees, the ground, water, etc. with my Android phone, so that I can use these photos as ...
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How do I attribute an unknown artist of an image

Lets assume I found an image I would like to share online. But I do not know if the images is somehow protected, I do not know the artist and the website I got it from does not exist anymore. I just ...
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Is it a Copyright Infringement to commercially use a CC0 photo of a cosplay of a movie character?

I want to use a photo of a cosplayer in my game. According to the Unsplash license, the photo is free to use commercially. But the character cosplayed is a property of Marvel. I will edit this photo (...
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Photographing private or special property from public places

In the US, does a person photographing private property (houses, farms etc.) while standing on public ground (road, park etc.) commit any offence? If they do not, will they commit any offence by ...
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Does volunteer photographer own copyright?

An amateur photographer at a scenic rest stop sees a couple trying to compose a decent photo of themselves with the beautiful river in the background. This happens so often that as he approaches ...
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Can hotlinking of internet content be considered generally legal? [duplicate]

After the Perfect 10 vs. Amazon case can the practice of hotlinking (inline linking) of content in general and images in particular, be considered legally valid in general? To make it a bit ...
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Are people allowed to use photos for commercial products that contain a logo?

I was looking on unsplash when I came across this photo https://unsplash.com/search/gaming?photo=eCktzGjC-iU Now, under unsplash's license agreement, people may use these photos for commercial ...
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Can I face swap for a video I shot where an individual doesn't consent to using their likeness?

Say I'm shooting some video of an interview, and one of the people in frame claim that they do not consent to the use of their likeness in any film or derivative (or some similar phrasing). Can I face ...
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Do I have to take someone's picture off the internet if they ask me to?

About 2 years ago I was working on an online game. I asked a friend if I could base it on him (use his picture for the character) and he said yes. Back to current, he is asking me to take the game ...
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Is using a person's face in satirical video without video legal?

I Have Been Taking Photos Of People And Putting Them On Youtube Videos In Satirical Context Without Consent. In One Case, It Was Against Their Will. I Do Not Leak Any Information Or Send Hate Or ...
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Can a self-made photo of a mass product (not containing any logos) be claimed as entirely own work?

I made a photo of my keyboard. Actually, not the whole keyboard, but just small section of it. The photo neither contains any logos, nor seems to allow to determination producer/model (the photoed ...
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Is a student allowed to sell online photos of biological material made at the educational institution?

I made a couple of nice photos of a model organism I used in the research at my educational institution. The organism was provided to us students by the educational institution. I was wondering, is a ...
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Can I use my drawing of a photo someone took for commercial purpose

A certain wildlife photographer puts up photos of bears online. To use those for any purpose you are supposed to ask for permission and most likely to pay for it. The question is, what if I copy the ...
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What is the definition of a “Public Space” for photography?

I have been researching street photography rights in the US, specifically Portland Oregon, and from what I have learned, it seems to be that if it's not a place where people have a reasonable ...
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Is it really illegal for Google to keep unblurred Street View imagery made in Germany and even in European Union?

If so, what exact laws are responsible for it? I'm a big fan of Google Street View and I have heard that it's illegal in European Union and in Germany to keep street view imagery in unblurred form ...
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Can I legally share online a picture of police officers interacting with individuals in a public place in France?

Is it legal to share online an unblurred picture of police officers interacting with individuals (e.g., to discuss, taze or make an arrest) in a public place in France?
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Is it legal to copy pictures found on social media and upload them again?

I know with other works, as soon as a person creates it, it is automatically copyrighted. So does that mean when a person takes a picture its automatically their property and no one else can do ...
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Media consent form for summer camp

We have a media consent form that parents have signed for the campers at our summer camp. The wording is as follows: The Participant identified below desires to participate in the [insert summer ...
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Using Fitness Trackers In Kickstarter Campaign

I'm working on an app for iPhone that uses fitness tracker data. For my stretch goals I'm offering additional device support. Can I use a photo from the device company's news resource website? News ...
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Model Release with 3-way collaboration involving LLC

I will be facilitating photoshoots through my LLC and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations around contracting / due diligence. I'll be working with a photographer and a model. They will be ...
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Is asking someone to take photos of houses illegal without permission?

For private purposes, would it be illegal if someone asked/paid a person to take photos of the outside of houses and send them to the person from which the photos are never publicly advertised or used ...
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Use of a photo of a celebrity pictured with an author that looks like endorsing the author

Situation (not really me): Suppose I go to a weekend conference to see the famous Dr Pheel. I buy his book, we shake hands and then I wait in line for an hour to finally proudly get my picture taken ...
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Does posting a photo of a couple on a website require permission from both people in the photo?

Working on a unique concept website, I am questioning how legal it is and what sort of disclaimer would need to be present in the T&C to remain protected. Basically, a user pays a fee and is ...
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Am I allowed to use famous peoples' faces in an app?

For example, can I use David Cameron's face in an app, without permission?
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Can a tourist who incidentally photographs children, be forced to delete the image?

Here's a hypothetical: A tourist is visiting a popular attraction and decides to take photographs as a memento. Some of the photographs incidentally have other people in them including children. A ...
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Trespassing or Public Property?

I'll start with some background info for my question. I'm a photojournalist based in Michigan. I was on (what appeared to be) a public sidewalk. I was taking photos of the Oakland County Jail for a ...
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Street Photography with a subject of a person in mind

Context So I take pictures on the street and from searching on the Law SE, it seems that people should not expect any privacy rights, when out in public. My question is a variant of some of the ...
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Paint from someone's photo - copyright question

If I make a painting based on someone's photo (nature photography) and it is recognisable, do I have to pay to the author of the photo (or do I breach any copyright law), or is it enough that I ...
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Does Creative Commons ShareAlike condition apply to Collective Works?

If an image with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license (CC BY-SA 2.0) is used in a Collective Work such as an article, online slideshow, or book. Does the book, article, or ...
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Model release for image without faces

I am an amateur photographer [Edit: Working in Washington state, in the US] and I am looking into selling my work. One of my favorite photos contains two people I don't know, and I'm concerned about ...
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Is it legal to post a photograph that I captured of a stranger in the street?

I captured a photograph in the street. The photograph includes people who I don't know. There is nothing in the photograph that I believe can offend anybody (e.g. no nude or illegal act). I just ...
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Is it legal to film in a venue (e.g. bar or nightclub)?

Is it legal to film inside of a venue such as a bar or nightclub? The film would be used for marketing material for a business.
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How do laws affect photography of non-humans in public when people may be in the frame?

Given that this is taking place in a public area where one would not have an expectation of privacy, what legal restrictions exist on photography of people where they are not the subject of the ...
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What buildings are people not allowed to take photographs of in Japan? (from public street, no humans in pic)

In Japan, what buildings are illegal to take pictures of? Notes: Building only. Zero humans on the picture. Taken from public street only. No entering private property/shops/transportation or ...
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What are the legal repercussions of taking a stranger's picture in public?

With Snapchat and Instagram it is all too easy to abuse picture taking and really inexpensive to snap a photo of an unknowing stranger. If you are in public and will only post pictures online without ...