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Old 05-02-2011, 17:41   #1 (permalink)
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Dear all....

I suppose this has been asked a few times already.

But what is the general rights of a photographer in Europe, when it concerns privacy infringement and such?

I was walking about the other day in a park taking a few snaps, and was thinking that technically I am taking pictures of people as they go about without consent. Not intended though, but sometime you see people do things that would make for a nice picture. Are we allowed to do that?

And what about is the steps we can take to protect ourselves, from a legal point of view. When is the authorities allowed to confiscate your equipment?

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Broadly speaking you need permission to take photographs in private places, (could include shopping malls) and permission of anyone included in the images. In public places you are free to photograph anything.

Larne wrote a good tutorial in the Tutorials Forum

http://www.pixalo.com/community/tuto...tml#post321108

I have posted several items in the News Forum over the last couple of years. You might find it easier to find the information on Google though, as I've tried to search the News Forum without success.

If you intend to use the images for commercial purposes though, that might change things.
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Thanks for the reply. I'll definitely do some more research on the subject. Luckily at the moment I don't use my photos commercially....I am not nearly good enough
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Interesting topic. I am just wondering if anyone has had any experiences in N Z (or Australia) which they would like to relate.
I am not taking photographs for commercial purposes, but I do carry a model release form, just in case I am confronted by someone who objects to their photgraph being taken. I would offer them the release and if they still object, I would offer to delete the photo. As said in the article referred to above, whatever the photographers rights, it is probably not worth standing the ground in the face of an altercation or risking damaged gear.
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Only commercial restriction I came across in Oz was at Uluru-Kata Tjuta where, due to cultural sensitivities, shots of specific spots were discouraged - though not much mention was made to non-commercial visitors
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