Photo Attorney

Aug 24, 2009

Quicklinks - Lessons To Be Learned

*Hollywoodscoop.com reports that George Clooney is suing a photographer who "climbed over the wall on Clooney's property and took pictures of a 13-year-old girl changing in one of his guest rooms." If true, then the photographer may be found liable for trespass, invasion of privacy, and/or intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other claims.

Lesson #1 - don't trespass to take a photo.

Lesson #2 - don't take a photo of a person who has an expectation of privacy.

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Switched.com tells of a Flickr user whose account was hacked and lost 3,000 photos.

Lesson #3 - back up your photos.

*The EFF explains how the Burning Man Organization is planning to control your photos taken at the annual event. The Terms and Conditions state:

I UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT THAT NO USE OF IMAGES, FILM, OR VIDEO OBTAINED AT THE EVENT MAY BE MADE WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM BURNING MAN, OTHER THAN PERSONAL USE. I understand that I have no rights to make any non-personal use of any image, film, or video footage obtained at the event, and that I cannot sell, transfer, or give the footage or completed film or video to any other party, except for personal use, and I agree to inform anyone to whom I give any footage, film, or video that it can only be used for personal use.
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I acknowledge that the Burning Man name and logo are the property of the Burning Man organization, and I understand that the Burning Man organization controls all rights regarding the licensing and reproduction of any imagery recorded at the event . I agree that I will not use the mark or logo of Burning Man or likeness of the Man on any website or in any commercial manner.

Lesson #4 - Either stay at home or don't take your camera.

* Photographers often are hassled when shooting in public.

Lesson #5 - take a cheat sheet with you, either the Bust Card if shooting in the UK, the Street Photographers Rights if in Australia, or the Photographer's Rights if in the US.

Thanks to Walter Rowe, Mike Howard, and Peter Preston for submitting these topics.