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The Photographer's Right

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Attorney Bert P. Krages II is also a photographer. He wrote a free, one-page, downloadable PDF that outlines your rights as a photographer in the event you are ever confronted for taking photographs. He calls this page The Photographer's Right. Mr. Krages is also the author of a book on the very same subject called Legal Handbook for Photographers.


Excellent resource!

Will Hawkins Photography, LLC. http://www.willhawkinsphotography.com  

First, I wholeheartedly agree that this is excellent information and needs to become more well known. Forewarned is forearmed.

But there is a different reality, towit: I work at the University of California as a computer person. Yesterday, on a computer support forum, a departmental person said that they often take pictures at departmental activities such as graduations, awards, banquets, etc., where non-university persons attend. They would like to publish such pictures along with their other material about the events on their departmental website and wanted to know the policy. In response, another web related staff pointed to an online notice from the Risk Management Office that "suggests" that releases be obtained for pictures of people used on campus websites. Now, there didn't seem to be an actual policy, but a "suggestion" by the Risk Management Office gives the impression of a de facto policy even though it may be at odds with either law or even reasonable use. It is this type of thinking and pronouncement that seems to permeate all areas of photography anymore ... rather than consideration for the value that such images add to the community and rational methods for allowing individuals to request their likenesses to be removed. No one wants to spend the time to battle the powers that be when there is so much else that always awaits doing!

Similar things happen with the rent-a-cops, officious interlopers, do-gooders and others. There is a constant pressure to create either "rights" that don't exist or to be more concerned with objections that might be forthcoming no matter how far fetched. For those of us who just don't want more conflict in our lives it is difficult to know how to proceed.

Dwight McCann

 Can anybody amend this article in relation to UK law?