There have been many horror stories of photographers getting into trouble with over zealous property owners and law enforcement officers even when the photographer is well within his or her legal rights to take the photograph. Knowing what can happen in such situations, what legal rights you have as a photographer, and where you can find legal information and help are all important aspects of your photography learning that can help you to enjoy photography with confidence and avoid getting into series trouble.
Here are some useful photography law resources:
- Andrew Kantor’s guide: Legal Rights of Photographers (PDF)
- Photo District News (PDN) Photography Law News – News stories about photography legal issues
- Blog: War on Photography – horror stories of photographer’s rights being violated
- Photography and the Law – large collection of legal resources and news
- Blog: Photo Attorney – Blogger Carolyn E. Wright is the author of the book Photographer’s Legal Guide.
- The Law For Photographers – Free guide from a photographer (not an attorney)
- The Photographer’s Right – A Downloadable Flyer Explaining Your Rights When Stopped or Confronted for Photography. The author, Bert P. Krages II, is the author of the book Legal Handbook for Photographers: The Rights and Liabilities of Making Images.
- Photographer’s Guide to Privacy – What every cameraman, photographer and videographer should know about invasion of privacy standards in the 50 states and D.C.
- Journalists’ Right of Privacy Primer – Chapter 3 of The Missouri Bar Media Law Handbook
Keywords: Law, Legal issues, Photography