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Ron Ross

Universities and Colleges: Property Release?

What laws or copyright issues would I run into if I took pictures of school property for intent to sell the pictures? Primarily I was thinking of property such as buildings or venues - not people. Would anything change if I added text like a school saying or phrase? What about the score of a game? Thanks in advance and thank you to all you professionals who spend your valuable time on this site to answer questions.

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3/2/2007 8:34:22 PM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Greetings, Ron, and welcome to the party. The answer depends on whether the school is state or private. State schools are fair game. As long as the phrase or saying is not defamatory, that's also OK. Same with the scores.
Private schools you need to be careful with. They probably have a media relations person who would also probably be glad to sign a property release. Those can be found at Web sites like or Getty or Corbis Images. Again, the phrases must be non-defamatory. Scores should be reported accurately. Always check your sources.
If, for some reason, you do get people to appear in these photos and they're recognizable, since the work is commercial and if your text indicates the people in the photos are endorsing something like the school or a product or service, then they need to be released by those individuals. That can be a real sticky issue.
And thanks for the thanks!!
Take it light. ;>)

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3/3/2007 9:11:40 AM

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