Posts Tagged ‘law’

Texas ‘Anti-Upskirting Law’ Struck Down in Court Thanks to Vague Wording

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If you’ve been following photography news — and given you’re reading this we’d say there’s a good chance that’s the case — you’ve probably heard something along the lines of “Texas just legalized upskirting photography!” And while that’s not entirely untrue, the facts are a bit less sensational. Read more…

Photographer Sues Rod Stewart for $2.5M for Recreating Her Photo of the Back of His Head

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We’ve heard of many lawsuits where an artist outright steals an image from a photographer — that can get pretty ugly — but what about an artist hiring another photographer to recreate an image that is pretty much identical to the one they wanted to use, but weren’t allowed to?

That’s the crux of a lawsuit between celebrity photographer Bonnie Schiffman and musician Rod Stewart, who, it seems, recreated an iconic photograph of Schiffman’s after she refused to let the artist use it. Read more…

Legal Battle Threatens to Pull Vivian Maier’s Work from the Public Eye for Years

It’s not unreasonable to expect that almost every person reading this has seen ‘nanny photographer’ Vivian Maier‘s work. Whether in galleries, online or in the much-talked-about documentary ‘Finding Vivian Maier,’ her photos have now made their way around the world many times over and she has been named one of the greats of 20th century photography.

But if you hold a deep appreciation for Maier’s work, we suggest you get your fill while you can, because a legal battle is threatening (and, in fact, succeeding) to pull Maier’s work from the public eye… potentially for years. Read more…

Candid Photos of Strangers May Soon be Illegal in The Philippines, Even if They’re Just in the Background

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There’s a new law in the works in The Philippines that may soon make it illegal to photograph strangers without their permission… even if they just appear by chance in the background of your photos. According to a government official, even selfies with people appearing in the background would be a no-no. Read more…

Please Don’t Be the One to Get Drones Banned

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Photography drones are facing a perilous atmosphere of distrust and legal chaos. In these circumstances, even small mistakes can have big consequences. A shift in public sentiment against private drone usage could easily result in the application of restrictive regulations, or perhaps even conditional bans. Read more…

Russian Tourist in Serious Trouble for Climbing the Brooklyn Bridge to Take Photos ‘For Fun’

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A screenshot of surveillance footage the captured Kolchin’s antics.

Rooftopping — taking photos from the top of tall structures, often illegally trespassing to get there — is a favorite pastime of many daredevil photographers, but it’s also dangerous and could land you in a whole heap of trouble, as one Russian tourist is quickly finding out. Read more…

In the UK, ‘Antisocial’ Photography Can Get You Questioned and Potentially Arrested

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It’s a tale as old as time: 81-year-old photographer in East Sussex takes pictures of bachelorette parties, bachelorette parties don’t seem to mind but strangers call the cops on him, cops say he’s being ‘antisocial’ and ask for his name, he refuses, they threaten to arrest him.

Okay… maybe not as old as time, or even normal, but that’s what happened to one photographer in the UK and it seems the cops may have actually had the right to arrest the man in this particular scenario. Read more…

Ferguson Cop Pulls Gun On Photographer Who Was Asking Directions to the Media Area


By now we all know that the stories of media/police confrontation from Ferguson, MO have two sides. On the one hand, seemingly unnecessary arrests of major photojournalists had even the President of the United States condemning that officers’ actions. On the other, a photojournalist on the ground explained why he was embarrassed by the way the media is acting in the area.

And yet, it’s hard to imagine there being a good reason why, on a relatively peaceful protest day, a police officer answered a journalist’s seemingly innocent question by pulling and pointing a gun at him. Read more…

If You Try to Publish a Picture of this Statue in Denmark, You’d Better be Ready to Pay Up

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One of Denmark’s most photographed attractions, a Little Mermaid statue, comes with a strange caveat: it can’t be photographed. Or rather, a photograph of it can’t be used in a publication of any sort, even for journalistic purposes, without a big fat invoice finding its way to your door. Read more…

Wikimedia Stands Up for Monkey Photographer Rights, Refuses to Take Down Monkey Selfie

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The controversy surrounding the monkey selfies above, which were taken by an endangered crested black macaque using photographer David Slater‘s equipment, is heating up once again as Wikipedia parent Wikimedia refuses to remove the photo from its commons library, claiming that Slater does not own the copyright. Read more…