Using Photos of Strangers?

Started Apr 16, 2014 | Discussions thread
Me Tarzan
Me Tarzan Senior Member • Posts: 1,392
Re: Using Photos of Strangers?

Lisetta wrote:

Quick question. I believe, but am not certain, that if you sell a photo with anyone in it you need to have a signed model release form from them along with some (often token) compensation.

So if you, for example, had a book with a photo in it of the Washington Monument with people in it who were identifiable but hadn't given signed consent, you couldn't use it, correct?

I'm unclear on how news photographers, for example, often photograph people without any permission given or required. And--it's a different issue--but paparazzi take and sell photos of famous people without permission all the that's legal, but if you're not famous it isn't?

Curious about the rules on this--when you can and can't use images of people for commercial purposes (for example as part of a photo at a trade show) without needing a release from them.


There are also restrictions on national monuments, people or not. If you intend to sell the image, it qualifies as commercial.

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