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What are our rights?

As photographers in Australia--or indeed anywhere--what are our rights when it comes to taking our beloved images?

I’ve been watching the developments and doing a little reading of my own around this topic. I must admit I haven’t kept up-to-date on the laws that threaten our hobby/profession but I’ve been surfing the web looking to change that.

I won’t duplicate the information here, but rather link to it. I’m also not an expert in legal matters by any stretch of the imagination.

As photographers, we should be informed on what the law says we can and can’t do. Not so we can run rough-shod over everyone, but so we can debate intelligently and in an informed manner should we ever be confronted by someone who has decided to take exception to us taking photographs of something/someone.

I think it always a good policy to ask for permission first. If confronted, be polite and if there is any doubt, put the camera away and leave. I doubt anyone wants that burly security guard confiscating our equipment and perhaps damaging it, even if we are perfectly within our rights to be there. That would be more hassle than it’s worth--as far as I can tell.

Here is some excellent information:

http://www.4020.net/words/photorights.php

http://www.artslaw.com.au/legalinformation/StreetPhotographersRights.asp

http://www.overclockers.com.au/wiki/Photographers_Rights,_General_Privacy,_and_Copyright_in_Australia

You an also order this book
http://www.copyright.org.au/publications/bookfaq/B120faq.htm

If you have any other information that may be useful, let me know and I’ll link to it here.
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