If your work involves street, documentary or travel photography, you might want to read this.
The legal pitfalls of taking photographs in your own country or another are something you probably want to avoid, but the truth is it’s your responsibility to know where you stand legally when you shoot.
Now obviously every country has its own laws, but most Western democracies have pretty similar laws when it comes to copyright and privacy. With that said, one of the major concerns that photographers less acquainted with the law have is about copyright. Who owns the copyright if you photograph a public building or another point of interest? The answer is you. As soon as you click the shutter, that’s your shot and you won the rights.
When you’re on private terrain however, things change entirely. You only have the right to use your camera if the land owner or the manager allows it. If you’re in a mall parking lot and you see a sign that prohibits photography, you’re best off respecting those rules because otherwise you can get in trouble very easily.
Here is Doug McKinlay explaining everything you need to know in this video from Adorama TV.