Public Service Announcement

Photographers: The Law is on Your SideThe Photographer's Right Downloadable Flyer

Part 1: Yes, you can probably photograph it:

“The right to take photographs in the United States is being challenged more than ever. People are being stopped, harassed, and even intimidated into handing over their personal property simply because they were taking photographs of subjects that made other people uncomfortable. Recent examples have included photographing industrial plants, bridges, buildings, trains, and bus stations. For the most part, attempts to restrict photography are based on misguided fears about the supposed dangers that unrestricted photography presents to society.”

Read more from Attorney Bert P. Krages’ website.

Be sure to download Krages’ Photographers’ Rights Page

More from Andrew Hudson’s Photo Secrets

Part 2: You made it? You own it:

There are lots of clear and easy to find resources online.  They are clear because the law is clear.  The copyright belongs to the creator.  Unless you sign away the rights of your image, you own it. Which, by the way, you should NEVER do.  Always retain the copyright to your image when it is exhibited or published.

Here’s Andrew Hudson’s resource: Photosecrets: The Law for Photographers

Part 3: Model Release?  Unless you’re shooting stock, probably unnecessary:

Pop Quiz:

  1. Does “selling” a photo for a profit require a model release?
  2. Do I need a release for a photo I took of someone in a public place?
  3. Should I get a release even if the person in the photo is unrecognizable?
  4. I’m going exhibit my photos of people at an art fair. Do I need releases?

Please see CSUphoto’s older post on Model Releases.

Visit Dan Heller’s model release website.


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One Response to “Public Service Announcement”

  1. Law Professor Discusses Art and Law « CSU Photo Says:

    […] Law Professor Discusses Art and Law By csuphoto CSU Professor of Law, Brian Glassman will speak to Robert Thurmer’s Museum Studies class on April 27 at 1pm in AB 208. The event is free and open to students and the public.  It should be an interesting and informative talk.  It is of particular interest to photographers, as it relates to legal issues in CSU photo’s recent PSA (Photographers, The Law is on Your Side). […]

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