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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...