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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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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Photograph used without my consent

I became internet bestfriends with someone and she took not just mine but some of my bestfriends photos that we posted on social media and she used them but creepily she printed our photos out and she ...
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When commercial filming is taking place inside or outside, can a member of the public be forced not to record it? [duplicate]

Generally speaking when is it allowed to photograph people? When does someone have the authority to tell you not to? Does anyone have the authority to tell another person not to photograph them, or is ...
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Using images from the web in a survey

I am making a survey about beverage ingredients, and to give examples in the survey it'd be easy to use images from blog posts/websites or websites of companies that make these beverages. From this ...
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Can the GDPR be used to ask free race photographs?

A lot of time pictures of participants are taken during a sports event. These are often sold afterwards for e.g. 10 euro each. Some people just share the watermarked image on social media. But my ...
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Is using a photo reference for pose fair use?

If I draw an imaginary character and use a photograph as reference for human body/pose, is that legal, copyright-wise? Let's say I change the hair and the face? I know it needs to be 80% different, ...
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Fair Use of Photos as a Derivative Work

This question comes specifically from a particular example. Within Ethics for the Information Age (Quinn), 5th Edition, there is a chapter on Intellectual Property, and while most of it is well-...
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The Legality of Naked Photos of a child for an abuse case

I am filing for divorce from my husband, and I had several photos printed which showed where he left bruises on our daughter's bottom. These photos were requested by my lawyer (through documented ...
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Volunteer Created Work: Who Owns the Copyright?

A volunteer creates many works for a nonprofit, without signing anything or giving ownership of the works to the nonprofit. The work is used, but after about a year, the volunteer resigns and, a month ...
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Downloading an image from wallofcelebrities.com

Is Wallofcelebrities a legal place to download images from? I would like to get one of Kayla Compton, but I'm not sure if these photos are being illegally distributed.
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What is the legal status of intimate photos sent to your (now) ex-partner after a break-up?

When I met my now ex-boyfriend, we were both already over 18. I took digital nude pictures of myself and transferred them electronically to him, i. e. I was sexting him. He didn't specifically ask for ...
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Restraint classed as assault after suspecting unconsented photo

May not relate to law but it falls under exercising justice. I was in school (higher student) when a younger student had their phone pointed at me and the flash went off. I suspected he took a photo ...
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Permission to use images of property

A property management company wants to use images of the properties which it manages within its portfolio on its website and social media/marketing materials. They are just images of the building/...
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Doubt on legality of image modification

I am a photoshop enthusiast, and I have a doubt regarding a specific scenario, however I am very agnostic to law, and there is a scenario where I can't find appropriate information by myself. So the ...
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What can I do if someone posts nude pictures of me on the Internet?

I live in Michigan and my ex girlfriend lives in Indiana. She took a picture of me fully nude and we broke up. I guess someone got her phone and now they are posting nude pictures of me to people I ...
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No Pictures - Really?

In order to fly out of Pereira, Colombia, today, I was forced to do a full-body x-ray. I was allowed to see the x-ray and it was very detailed, showing bones and internal organs, but I was not ...
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Can a celebrity sue someone who takes obnoxious pictures/videos of him in public and uploads onto internet without his permission?

Suppose a celebrity digs his nose or scratches his private part because of sudden itch or performs some unsightly act in public. Someone takes his picture/video and uploads onto internet without his ...
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picture source URL

I would like to include 70 old photos in my book manuscript. It appears to be virtually impossible to find and pay all the copyright holders, if any. Is it infringement on copyright just to provide ...
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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 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 ...