Notes03 - Honors 208W Fall 2011 Photography and the Law Flag-draped coffins Tami Silicio April 7 2004 otes © 2005-2011 Evan Golub([email protected]

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Unformatted text preview: Honors 208W Fall 2011 Photography and the Law Flag-draped coffins- Tami Silicio, April 7, 2004 otes © 2005-2011 : Evan Golub ([email protected]) am not a lawyer… • I have read about some common legal questions in books and on web pages, and discussed them with friends and colleagues, but I am not a lawyer. • The World Wide Web is still a relatively young arena, and many of the tough questions might still be unasked and/or untested in the courts. • University Counsel has basically said release forms are often not worth the paper they are printed on, so basically your goal should always be to act in a manner that would NOT invite a lawsuit. Even if you win, it will cost money to defend yourself. otes © 2005-2011 : Evan Golub ([email protected]) aking -vs- Using • There are two different types of questions that you might ask yourself: – Can I take this picture? – Can I use this picture? otes © 2005-2011 : Evan Golub ([email protected]) an I take this picture? • Don’t get in the way of things. – Taking pictures of public places is generally fine, but setting up a bunch of equipment in the middle of the street where people are trying to walk might not be. – Taking pictures of cars driving on public roads should be fine, but standing in the middle of traffic is probably not (and even if it is, it doesn’t seem very wise). • Don’t annoy people. – Taking pictures of people in a public place should be fine, but should be done politely and/or unobtrusively. – If someone asks you not to take their picture, does it really hurt you in any way to honor their request? – David Seymour would talk to and get to know many of his subjects before photographing them. otes © 2005-2011 : Evan Golub ([email protected]) an I take this picture? • Respect privacy. – There are four privacy torts: • Intrusion. • Private Facts • False Light • Misappropriation – Taking pictures of people where they have some expectation of privacy or anonymity sounds like a bad idea even if you think you technically have a legal right to do so in a specific situation. • Don’t trespass. – While you might legally be allowed to keep and/or use the photographs you take, you are committing a crime that has penalties. • Look for signs. – Museums, theaters, etc. might have their own policies on photography. Look for signs. If in doubt, ask someone who works there who should know the answer. otes © 2005-2011 : Evan Golub ([email protected]) onsider the picture below: otes © 2005-2011 : Evan Golub ([email protected]) onsider the picture below: otes © 2005-2011 : Evan Golub ([email protected]) an I take this picture?...
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This note was uploaded on 01/13/2012 for the course HONR 208W taught by Professor Golub during the Fall '11 term at Maryland.

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Notes03 - Honors 208W Fall 2011 Photography and the Law Flag-draped coffins Tami Silicio April 7 2004 otes © 2005-2011 Evan Golub([email protected]

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