Using Photos of Strangers?

Started Apr 16, 2014 | Discussions thread
OpticsEngineer Veteran Member • Posts: 6,328
Re: Using Photos of Strangers?

I recently read a good article on the laws in Germany.   If it is clear that the main subject is a building, monument or something like that and the people are incidental, no release is needed.

Here in the US, I have seen newspaper and TV broadcasts of photos of me in public spaces (college campus, zoo) where I was recognizable.  No one came looking to get a release from me and I was happy to be included.  But I was in the background and not the subject of the photo, or only the subject in a general way, like one of many students enjoying the first warm day of spring at the duck pond.     In situations where I was more like a subject in a photo (like operating equipment in a laboratory) I signed model releases.  Later several people have told me they saw those photos in far away places like Washington DC as part of presentations to government agencies overseeing college or national lab funding.  In situations like my daughters were hunting Easter eggs at a city park and they were the only two in the photo, the newspaper asked for and got releases before running the photos.

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