help me understand property releases

Started Jul 27, 2014 | Discussions thread
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tko Forum Pro • Posts: 11,791
help me understand property releases

For stock photography, the definition is clear:

"When using pictures that contain clearly recognizable places, buildings, or other property (such as pets, automobiles, or artwork), a property release protects you against legal claims by the owner of the property for offenses such as invasion of property."

This is supposedly enforced by major stock agencies, but the implications are murky.

No stock photos of the NYC or Hong Kong skyline? (how could you get property releases for dozens of buildings?)

No stock photos of churches (good luck contacting the Catholic church and getting permission.)

No stock photos with cars, streets, or buildings. In short, no city photos.

No stock photos of almost anything travel related (unless it contain no building, no people, no cars, no markets . . . )

If you do a Google search for stock photos in the above categories, you'll find thousands of results from reputable stock agencies. For example, do a Google image search for "iStock Vatican" or "iStock Taipei 101" or "iStock empire state building." Do you really think they have property releases for all these photos?

Are all government buildings considered public? What about bridges and famous landmarks?

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