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June 25, 2009

Photographers and Privacy

As a photographer whether professional or aspiring to be, there can be sticky legal issues if you're snapping shots of copyrighted material or people. The World Intellectual Property Organization has put together some guidelines that might keep you safe on their Legal Pitfalls in Taking Photographs page. When people are easily identifiable in your photographs, you may want to consider getting them to sign a release form especially if you want to use the image commercially. New York Institute of Photography has a simple sample form here. You may also want to purchase or to check out a good guide such as The Professional Legal Handbook for Photographers.

Image above: Lyon, Nuits sonores 2009 Marché gare scène 1, photograph by Biphop on Flickr,

Posted by hthrlowe at June 25, 2009 05:38 PM


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