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Do I need Licensing For My Ryman Microphone Image?

Microphone Ryman Auditorium Shot By Nashville Photographer Christopher PRatt

A few years back, I paid for a tour at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.  There were no cameras allowed during the "back stage" portion of the tour.  I complied and took no images.  At the end of the tour, there was a man offering to take your photograph of you, standing on the stage in front of the microphone, for $10.00.  I asked if it would be okay that instead of him taking my picture, could I take a shot from the stage looking out over the house.  He allowed it.

Shot Description

The shot was taken shooting up at Microphone so the house of the audiorium was in view.  The image has a  very short depth of field.  There is no place in the image that the Ryman name is seen or any other distinguishing feature.  If you are very familiar with the Ryamn, you might be able to identify it from the stained glass windows at the very top of the image. You can see the image at this link.  http://www.imageandconcepts.com/PrintsandCollections/Art-Photography-For-Print/22582040_vZ67g4#!i=1807624142&k=vDLffwp&lb=1&s=A   My website.  It's safe.

Do I have to have licensing to sell this as a fine art print?  I am confused on the legality because of my paying for a tour and having permission from Ryman Auditorium staff to take the photograph.  Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.




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That's a tough question. The Ryman Auditorium is private property and you paid to get access. You would probably be better suited to contact a broker or dealer of fine art photography. Calling it "fine art" doesn't make it "fine art". I think there are rules around editions, numbering, signatures, etc.

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