Legal Question: Selling Dance Performance Photos

Started Mar 14, 2013 | Questions thread
Michael Fryd
Michael Fryd Veteran Member • Posts: 6,779
Re: Not So Sure About That

Hulamike wrote:

The photos support the photographer's work, not another commercial product. I think you're wrong about this. Example: a portrait studio can display prints of its own work to solicit business without a release.

It depends on which state you are in.  This is regulated by the states, no the US Federal government.  The rules do vary from state to state.

In some states the rules specifically allow a photographer to hang a client's photo on the wall, unless the client complains.  At which point it mush be taken down.

In other states, displaying copies of your work to solicit new business does require a release.

Many photo studios include such a release in their standard contract.

In some places a release must be in writing.  In some places the release can be oral or implied.

If you want reliable legal advice, don't listen to me, talk to a local attorney.

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