Photo Attorney

Feb 9, 2008

Q&A - Shooting Events in Public Venues

Q. May I photograph a sports event when the sports association has a contract with another photographer to exclusively cover the event?

A. Generally, when you are on property that is managed and/or owned by someone else, including public parks and venues, the manager/owner can dictate your activities while on the property. For example, the manager can stop you from shooting just as the manager can stop you from standing in the aisles. If the manager lets you shoot, the manager can't later control what you do with those photos unless you have entered into a valid contract with the manager that has made control of the photographs a condition of the contract.

The best way to determine what your rights are is to hire an attorney to review your particular situation.

Take my advice; get professional help.

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