8. The Legalities

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Street and travel photographers’ rights

Can you take a photo of a person sleeping on a public park bench without asking permission? Could you sell that image to a news organization for use in a series on homelessness? This is just a sample of the questions plaguing photographers who make images in the public domain.

I’m not a lawyer, and this chapter is intended to offer guidance, not legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding legal issues, seek the advice of professional council. That said, there are generally accepted practices of street photography around the world. Laws and ...

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