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THE PHOTOGRAPHER's RIGHTS!

Journal Entry: Sat May 23, 2009, 8:38 AM

what is STREET photography
The street Photographer's RIGHTS

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A lot of our members have been wondering about their rights to take pictures in the streets. Is it legal? Is it not?
A brief search in the Internet provides us with 5 very useful links!

1. For the U.S photographers:The Photographer’s Right : A Downloadable Flyer Explaining Your Rights When Stopped or Confronted for Photography

2. For the U.K. photographers:UK Photographers Rights Guide v2 : The guide is intended as an overview of the current legal situation in the UK for photographers, it is not a definitive bible of UK law.

3. For the Australian photographers:Australian street photography legal issues : Your right to take photographs

4. For the Latin American photographers: Derechos de los fotógrafos

5. For the Swedish photographers: Vad får man fotografera?


A similar search (thanks to google) will probably provide you with the laws that concern photography in your country.
BE INFORMED and let no one deprive you from your rights!

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:iconizaaaaa:
Izaaaaa Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
I found this one for Quebec: [link] :)
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:iconstatisticant:
statisticant Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
I find it obscure that I cannot find anything similar for greek laws. All my findings refer to copyright. Any help?
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chocomalk Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
Here is a good breakdown of Canadian laws concerning photography:
[link]
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010   Photographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconarizona2919:
arizona2919 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
no list of the Canadian rights?
that blows
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010   Photographer
why don't you do a google search and give us the link to put there? :)
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:iconbenchislett:
BenChislett Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
THANK YOU! :D

This is a wonderful journal with very useful and informative links. I really, really appreciate this as it has always bugged me not to know for sure, just having pro-journalists tell me that someone told them they could...

Much appreciated.
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010   Photographer
You're welcome :)
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:iconlotusthefallen:
lotusthefallen Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Photographer
This is very much needed to be kept in mind for all photographers. I know I'm keeping a copy near me at all times when I go on the streets.
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010   Photographer
:nod:
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:icongingersfunkyphotos:
gingersfunkyphotos Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009   Photographer
Boy, is this information timely. I was told to stop taking pictures in a Hassidic neighborhood in Brooklyn over Thanksgiving. It was intimidating. Thanks very much for sharing this information.
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:iconthe-yard-collective:
The-Yard-Collective Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
You're welcome :)
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:iconbdwfh:
bdwfh Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
Another decent Australian resource: [link]
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:iconleventis:
leventis Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009   Photographer
Has anyone found the Greek one?
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:iconthe-yard-collective:
The-Yard-Collective Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
Practically you are not allowed to shoot any one without his/her written consent! But usually no one gives a damn :D
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:iconleventis:
leventis Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009   Photographer
When they do what happens then?
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:iconthe-yard-collective:
The-Yard-Collective Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
they can sue you and demand a compensation...
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Pada503 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
Here's a Swedish article (writen in swedish) about the laws and rights conserning photography in Sweden.
[link]

Translated via google:
[link];prev=hp&rurl=translate.google.com&usg=ALkJrhjzqSyEIpYXMNtQtNfdSFn_XaV70g
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:iconthe-yard-collective:
The-Yard-Collective Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
Thank you! :)
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:iconpada503:
Pada503 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
You're welcome.
The article can be very useful for your swedish members.
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:iconnazgul07:
nazgul07 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Student Photographer
damn.. the latin american rights' page doesn't open!
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:iconthe-yard-collective:
The-Yard-Collective Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
strange...I just opened it :)
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:iconnazgul07:
nazgul07 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Student Photographer
it finally opened.. thanks for the link! this information is very useful! I'm my country it is hard to make urban photography because people is too paranoic :paranoid:
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:iconthe-yard-collective:
The-Yard-Collective Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
there are paranoic people in every country :D
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:iconnazgul07:
nazgul07 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Student Photographer
yeah.. it is kind of sad.. but I guess getting a larger lens can help to get far enough doesnt it?
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:iconthe-yard-collective:
The-Yard-Collective Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
all the fun in street shooting, is getting real close ;)
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:iconnazgul07:
nazgul07 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Student Photographer
really?.. well I guesss it is fun.. I'm gonna try getting closer then ^^
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:iconlightdrafter:
lightdrafter Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
I finaly found some time to go through this. Very helpful!!
Thanks a LOT!! I'm a very happy member... ;)
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:iconthe-yard-collective:
The-Yard-Collective Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
our pleasure if this little search over the net is of any help to you Jan :)
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:iconlightdrafter:
lightdrafter Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009
definetley! thanks again! :highfive:
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Sighz-no-name Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how everyone said to carry model releases as well as the laws with them. I will have to search for the Canadian laws on this but definitely got some great ideas. Thanks :D
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JGDA9RS Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
i asked a police officer about privacy rules and such, and they said that as long as i'm in a public place, i can take any pictures of anything i want. just so long as i'm not taking pictures of anything
very very obscene, like putting my camera to see her privates. this however is a good find. reminds me of the time security asked me not to take pictures in a park lol. which is utterly ridiculous. they were nice about it, but yeah i just ended up leaving. rent a cops are so stupid. i'm glad this post came along, now i'm gonna carry it along in my bag. many thanks again for this post.
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:iconthe-yard-collective:
The-Yard-Collective Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
You're welcome :)
We are sure it may come handy!
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:iconjgda9rs:
JGDA9RS Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
for sure. so do my good bedside manners :) it's good to be a nice person sometimes lol
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PaulaMCollins Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, that is just unbelievable! I am truely shocked! I can understand the reasons for it and why the laws have been put into effect, but Wow! Thanks for the Info.
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:iconthe-yard-collective:
The-Yard-Collective Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
our pleasure to keep you informed :)
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:iconphaedrus-42:
Phaedrus-42 Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello People of the Yard,

I am just trying to learn street photography and so I watch The Yard to see others works...

I just came across this [link] . Google got some trouble for violating German "privacy laws". Apparently you need a consent of the person involved to take photos of them or their property.

Does this law apply also to street photography? I googled a lot but couldn't find much. It'd be great if someone could clarify the issue.

Also, I am not German. I am here for a short while from India... but German streets are fun and I don't want to miss this opportunity...
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:iconmrrossi:
mrrossi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
laws in Germany regarding taking pictures of random people in the streets are pretty tough.
officially you have to ask everyone to take a picture BEFORE taking it and you have to ask additionally if you want to publish it, in what form ever.
This makes street photography nearly impossible if you want to follow all laws.
If you do it anyway the worst thing that can happen to you is to hear from a lawyer to take it down if its in the internet or to stop the Book or whatever its published in.
Maybe you have to pay the "victim".
For sure you have to pay the costs for the lawyer which can reach expensive sums.
Anonymizing is not really a good idea cause the black bar does not work as long as the person could possibly be identified by their clothes or the situation or the place or or or...
The only safe method in germany is not to take photographs of people at all.
But from my experience nothing bad will happen if you do it anyway.
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:iconphaedrus-42:
Phaedrus-42 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks fopr the detailed reply :)
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:iconthe-yard-collective:
The-Yard-Collective Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
We are not familiar with the laws concerning street photography in Germany. Maybe a German speaking member could help you on that issue :)
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:iconphaedrus-42:
Phaedrus-42 Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:P ok thanks :)
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:iconposchl:
poschl Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
excellent links Stamatis. very usefull for all those
who wants to schoot in the streets.

:clap:
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:iconmstargazer:
mstargazer Featured By Owner May 23, 2009   Photographer
I will start carrying this with me now.. Great idea JR to carry a model release too :heart:
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:iconeskimoblueboy:
eskimoblueboy Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I've carried a list like this in my camera bag for years (I also carry model release forms).
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FullMetalMono Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the link for us Aussies! I was going to provide another one for everyone that I thought was really useful, but it turns out it was the same one that you've given us! :XD:

And as *robert-kim-karen said, it's always good to double check if you know you're going to be shooting in a particular place. For instance, I knew it was legal for me to take photos just about anywhere in Melbourne, but once I was on a platform for Flinder's Street Station, that was prohibited by Connex. The more you know, I suppose. =D
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:iconeliza-mac:
Eliza-mac Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
Excellent journal! :clap:
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:iconrobert-kim-karen:
robert-kim-karen Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Great and needed info. I carry a copy, for those occasions when it's needed. ;)
I might add, it may be good to research the location you plan on shooting. If it's other than the street or a park. Sometimes the line between public and private can be a little blurry or in dispute. It may be helpful to know ahead of time.
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daliscar Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
Helpful thanks guys, as you would expect with UK law it's as clear as mud :D
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magaz Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
i've had a copy of the uk rights printed on a double sided a4 sheet and laminated sat inside my camerabag for a long time now... I've never had to pull it out yet though :) and more importantly... keeping it company is a "community chest - Get out of jail free card" :)
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phoenix-18 Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Student Photographer
What about Canada??
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