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Legal Handbook for Photographers: The Rights and Liabilities of Making Images Paperback – September 1, 2001

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Covering the legal rights photographers need to know when making images, this book details where one can take photographs, the laws affecting personal privacy, and how to obtain and document consent. It also provides a comprehensive explanation of the legal restrictions on photographing subject matter such as copyrighted material, military and nuclear facilities, trademarks, nudity, and currency. Not merely a legal treatise, the book provides practical advice on how to avoid and handle confrontations, the remedies available to photographers who have been wronged, and how to form a personal ethic.

About the Author

Bert P. Krages II is a stock photographer and an attorney. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media, Inc. (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158428059X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584280590
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,710,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a terrific handbook, full of useful information presented concisely and with considerable wit. Is this guy really a lawyer? The photos illustrating the author's points, and the accompanying comments, alone make the book worth buying (for example, a "legitimate expectation of privacy" is humorously and aptly demonstrated by the image on p. 39.) A bonus is the good, common sense advice it contains to help the photographer stay out of trouble, and to allay concerns that otherwise might unnecessarily cause the photographer to pass up good shots. A very good addition to any photographer's library.
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Everyone who takes photos in public places should have a copy of this book. Krages points out that laws restricting the publication of photographs are different from laws about making those photographs in the first place, and many misconceptions are the result of confusing the two. He also has some good suggestions for staying out of trouble, how to deal with confrontations if they occur, and when to call a lawyer. He writes: "Confidence in knowing one's rights is important when photographing action on the streets but knowing how to avoid upsetting people can be more important." He says that most lawsuits are the result of emotional issues rather than a desire to collect money.
If you want an extended discussion of copyright law, look elsewhere-- this book is about *taking* photographs, not publishing them. Good information and advice on every page.
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Photography is getting down right confusing as far as legal issues are concerned and not knowing what is legally correct and what isn't can make or break your business. So how do you remedy this? You can hire a lawyer, take a chance and hope what you are doing is legal, or you can read "Legal Handbook for Photographers." The author, Bert P. Rages, Esq., is a practicing attorney, stock photographer and writer so he knows the issues fellow photographers must wrestle within the world of photography. Subjects covered in the 123 page book include how local, state and national laws are made, the enforcement of laws, photographing in public and private places and privacy issues. Understanding copyrighted materials and restrictions on subject matter is covered as is lawful and unlawful seizures of your film and equipment. Chapter seven discusses establishing your personal ethics. This one volume could save you much heartache and money. It is certainly worth the price...
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In today's world photographers are often questioned or confronted with what they are doing. More overzealous people exist today, including a few law enforcement or security officers trying to protect perceived rights or restrictions. The overzealous protectors, coupled with many photographers who do not understand when it is appropriate to tactfully address the situation or simply move on, could effectively reduce our ability to photograph what is currently within our rights, morals, and ethics.

Bert P. Krages lays out what is clear, not so clear and pure myths. He provides guidance on how to deal with certain circumstances and the reasoning for doing so.

Photographers also need to be concerned with protecting the rights to their photographs and knowledgeable enough not to practically give away their rights. Along with being concerned for the content and privacy of others when appropriate.

The book covers almost every situation a photographer needs to be concerned with and provides specific examples.
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Krages has done all of us a great favor by writing this book. Taking pictures is NOT a crime, and as long as you're on public property, you can photograph just about anything. Knowlege is ammunition and all photographers should know their rights.

This is well written and illustrated with photographs by the author. It is written for the layman and contains a glossary of legal terms.

And Krages is a good guy. Just because one has a legal right to photograph something, he writes, doesn't mean we should, for ethical reasons.

Put those security goons and pushy police on notice - You know your rights!
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I didn't read the other editions of this book but just got my hands on a copy. Seriously, this should be required reading for anyone serious about photography. What I like is that it talks about certain scenarios you may find yourself in and what and how to avoid issues. It mostly speaks to cases that have already occurred, but it's SO HELPFUL!!! I am half way through it now but have already recommended it to all my colleagues!

This is a must buy!
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I found Krages' book readable, entertaining, informative, and useful. Even after pursuing photography as a hobby for decades, Krages was able to clear up myths and misconceptions I'd long held. I've purchased several copies to "lend" to photographers I'm mentoring.

Pros
- easy to read
- covers a wide breadth of subjects
- includes sample legal forms
- includes very useful explanations

Cons
- should include more information about recording video since that's built in to so many cameras now
- case law is changing rapidly, so I'd appreciate periodic supplements by state rather than whole new editions

Summary
If there's a better and more current legal handbook for photographers available, I haven't seen it.
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