Lv 6

Taking photos of a person at events in the USA usually never requires a model release, right?

3 Answers

  • Sumi
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    You do not need a photo release any time you photograph anyone in a public space where privacy is not to be expected.  If that person should move into any area where privacy is to be expected (e.g. bathroom, changing room, etc...), you would need to get a signed release.  Now, what you can do with the photo is a whole other issue.

    In the US, you can use said image(s) for editorial purposes (i.e. journalism) without getting a signed release.  You can also use the images for selling as fine art prints.  However, you will need a signed release in order to use the images for commercial purposes such as to promote a business.

  • Alan
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    In a public setting, one has no expiations of privacy. That being said, you do not have complete freedom to display or otherwise publish. 

  • 2 months ago

    Voyeurism is a bigger issue.

    "The criminal voyeurism statute of some states cover (ii) A place where one may reasonably expect to be safe from casual or hostile intrusion or surveillance."

    The federal Video Voyeurism Protection Act of 2004 makes it a federal crime to secretly capture images of people on federal property in situations in which they have the expectation of privacy.

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