As a form of expression, photography is protected in the U.S. by the First Amendment to the Constitution. But photographers are often forced to defend their right to take pictures (and record video) in public places. That has been especially true since the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the passage of the Patriot Act. As we report elsewhere this month, police...
July 24, 2018
As the name implies, “Street Photography” usually is done in a public place such as a street, sidewalk or park involving candid images of people going about their daily lives. This type of photography is permitted in the U.S. under the legal premise established by the Supreme Court that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy in a public place.... More »
February 20, 2018
A federal court in New York has ruled that several publishers violated a photographer’s copyright when they “embedded” a photo from Twitter on their websites without permission. The publishers had argued that they didn’t violate copyright because they never actually copied or possessed the image in question. But federal judge Katherine B. Forrester said in her ruling last week, “Their... More »
February 1, 2018
Photographers risk costly lawsuits if they violate state labor laws by misclassifying assistants and other crew. California attorney Douglas P. Roy explains the risks, and how to avoid them. PDN: Are photographers and production companies at risk for misclassifying employees? Douglas Roy: There are several aspects of law where obligations are different, depending on whether a worker is an independent... More »