Image Copyrights


Link Posted 13/10/2009 - 00:47
Hi Everyone,
All feedback and opinions welcome...
I was out yesterday evening getting more familiar with my Pentax K-m, it was dark and although I didn't have all my equipment (i.e. tripod) etc for night shots I tried my best with leaning on walls my bike etc to avoid camera shake (See Triangle picture).
While taking photos of building I was approached by two gentlemen who were security and they asked me the following...

1. What are you doing (I thought that was obvious with an SLR)?
Ans: Taking Photos of building.

2. Who do you work for?
Ans: Just taking pictures for my own personal use.

3. Image wrights, no problem carry on.

They were fine and let me carry on, has anyone had any problems or had to delete images etc....



Link Posted 13/10/2009 - 03:50
If you live in the UK, security guards have no rights in law. They cannot demand that you do anything at all - they cannot for instance prevent photography of a premises unless you are physically standing on private property in which case all they can do is ask you to leave or call the police.

If they touch you or your equipment they are guilty of assault and you would be able to sue the company that hires them. Nor is it up to them to enforce photography policy regarding the building and you are not obliged to tell them your business. Its easier to say you are an amateur of course, just taking pics for a hobby.

But even if you are not, and you are on public land, there is nothing they can do. The owners of the building would have to take action against a publisher of any photos of their property if it was "improperly" used, but thats as far as they can go.

If you were actually a professional and published the shot as editorial, its unlikely they would be able to do much about it anyway. They would only have a case if the image was used for advertising.

Note, you cannot copyright a building. The only reason you may need a property release was if you intended to exploit the building's image for commercial purposes in which case its safer to have a release. In practice its very hard to enforce if the building is part of the normal skyline.
Cheers, Steve
Last Edited by Critical-i on 13/10/2009 - 03:54
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