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  1. Sarah23

    Sarah23 TPF Noob!

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    Ok...Im kinda unsure about the legal issues when it comes to photography.

    If you take a photo of someone in public...do you need a release? Even if it is just for your own portfolio? What about putting it on somewhere like this, to have people look at?

    Same thing other items, like lets say a car from a car show, or a building downtown. And what if you have people in the background? What about the car or building itself?

    What about if its a barn or something you can see from a public road? Do you have to get permission to even put it on your internet portfolio or share it with your online friends? Again, no profit or selling going on.

    I dont do any of this professionally...its just a hobby, but Im very unsure about it all.
     
  2. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    it depends on the country ... in Europe you would be safe in doing so!
     
  3. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    For the most part, as long as you are on public property and you are not selling the image...you should be OK.

    As always, it's best to get legal advice from a lawyer, not random people on a web site ;)
     
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    at 13k posts mike you can hardly say your a random guy on a website :).

    I agree with though, from public you will be ok for the most part.
     
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    I'm no expert, but what I have heard in regards to photographs of people is you only need a model release if you are using the image to advertise something, whether it be a product, place, service, cause, or anything else. In other avenues you should be alright (so long as the image was obtained legally), such as selling the photo as your own art or a piece of photojournalism.

    Also, children may be a different story, I am not sure on that one.
     
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    That is quite correct, in most countries. :thumbup:

    skieur
     
  7. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    in Europe, if the people in the image are not the main theme, you do not need a release in any case, if i am not mistaken.
     
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    How do children's photos in Europe work? I know the faces of kids are always blurred in magazines, but what if you are selling a photo of a child you took in a public place as art?
     
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    I always blame Big Mike if things go wrong on this forum. So far most Police departments, judges, and sleazy lawyers have not accepted Big Mikes answers in my legal problems.
     
  10. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    :er: :lol:
     
  11. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    if the child is the the main subject or contributes considerably to the image, then you could display it, but not sell it. but not because it is a child.. that would apply to any person. you should prbabyl get a release from the parents first.

    but i am not a lawyer
     
  12. Sarah23

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    Well this is all in the US...I have no plans on traveling to any other countries in my future...lol!
     

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