I think this is a great article on copyright in regard to using public images
While I was photographing the cycling for the Bay Crits, I received a question, Brad said “I’d like to see your thoughts about the ‘ethics’ of publishing photos that identify individuals”, and then Heather said that she also wanted to know and asked if I could do a post on it. So for those of you are interested, I thought I would do a post on Copyright and taking photos in public.
This is one of the photos that came into question. The riders can clearly be identified, so can I publish them without their permission. The answer to that question is yes. The race takes place on a public road, and, according to our copyright laws (Australian) “A personʼs likeness is not protected by copyright.” It is generally considered fine to take photos of people when they are in public.
The only time this becomes as issue is if…
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