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Photographers Rights, General Privacy, and Copyright in Australia

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I had to deal with another one of those "HEY, YOU CAN’T TAKE MY PHOTO" people the other night. Needless to say I responded with "But the law says I can". Several minutes of back and fro followed before the person finally walked off in a huff and I got back to doing what I was doing. Taking photos of people in the street, a public street.

The question pops up from time to time about what rights do we have as photographers so I though I would gather together whatever information I could find and post it here for your viewing pleasure. I found lots of information and disinformation as well, so I decided that I would post only those articles which have some basis in Australian Law.

What you will find listed below are articles which are freely available and I am sure some of you will have read as least some of them. Some of the following documents are not the complete article as they often drifted off into areas which have little or no relevance to photography.

Disclaimer First: I am not a lawyer. The information contained in this document has been sourced from Government magazines and websites etc and has not been independently verified. Most of it is of a general nature and is not intended to be legal advice but rather as a general guide. The information is provided without any Warranty as to the accuracy of the information it contains. Readers are urged to consult a solicitor in respect to any legal problems they may encounter.

Ok, on with the post.

Listed below are links to the posted articles. The articles themselves are in the following posts...

1) Photographing in a Public Place, by L. Barry Daniel.]]

2) Your right to take photographs, by Andrew Nemeth BSc (Hons) LLB.

3) Do Australians have a legal right to privacy?, Parliamentary Library Research Note Dated 14 March 2005.

4) Do I need permission from people I photograph?, Copyright Council of Australia.

5) Unauthorised use of your image in a photograph, The Arts Law Centre of Australia.

6) Copyright for photographers, Copyright Agency Limited Australia

7) Photography Restrictions

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