Publishing Photos of People in Airports

 
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Mitragorz
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 6:45 pm    Post subject: Publishing Photos of People in Airports Reply with quote

Hey everyone,

Being a pilot, and spending most of my life in various airports, I get to see people from all walks of life. I recently got the idea of taking photos of the people that I see, and compiling some sort of picture-book.

I have questions on the legality of taking pictures of these people and publishing them in a book. I did a search, but couldn't find anything that could answer my questions.

Is it legal without consent? Do I need consent if it's a public place? Is an airport considered a public place?

Obviously the paparazzi are able to sell their photos of people without those peoples' permission, but I doubt that any of the people I photograph will be "public figures."

Obviously I don't need consent to just take the pictures, but what about publishing them in a book? Does it make a difference that I'm not selling individual pictures of people, but instead a compilation of many photographs?


I apologize for the bombardment of questions, but I'm new to the game (never EVER sold a photo before) and I just don't want to put a lot of my time into this and finding myself with a nice lawsuit on my hands. Even getting the finished project to a publisher and having them say "Good work, do you have the image release forms?" would be a huge disappointment.


Any advice / information you could provide would be extremely helpful. I came here because I'm sure many of you have had images published and could offer something to help me out.

-Nick
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ask a lawyer.

Me, I wouldn't risk it. If I were one of those people and found out that you had published images of me without my consent, I'd feel my privacy was invaded.

While technically you may be okay with it (the weird editorial "exception" to releases), that won't stop people from suing and even if they lose, you'll have to pay to fight the case.

Talk to a real lawyer (I'm not a lawyer) who knows IP law before you do anything.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you show me an example of what a typical release looks like?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both ASMP and APA have examples of paperwork available and in the 7th ed of the ASMP Business Practices in Professional Photography book there are many pages devoted to releases and their implications.

Also, there is a book by Tad Crawford called Business and Legal Forms for Photographers that will have actual releases too.

Just remember that releases in books or online are the basic "boilerplate" forms and that they may need to be tweaked (preferably by a lawyer) for your individual business.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info.
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