A question of legality / copyright

Discussion in 'Photography' started by NeleH, Jul 6, 2003.

  1. NeleH

    NeleH Guest

    Advice sought.

    Can someone comment on whether I am able to take photographs of a church or
    a gravestone or a war memorial in a park / churchyard etc.

    Can I then sell those photographs and retain the copyright or would the
    copyright be owned by the person who owned the gravesite / church?

    Any help appreciated.

    NeleH, Jul 6, 2003
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    Dick Guest

    Many cemeteries do not allow photographs taken by professional (i.e. using a
    tripod) because many of the mausoleums, etc, are considered copy right, or
    whatever objects d'art. The fear is that the pictures would be used to
    reproduce the art work of the mausoleum, gravestone, etc. Since so many
    cemeteries are private (church owned included) we must respect that, even if
    we do not like it. A difference are truly public cemeteries, which include
    al m=national cemeteries, Antietem, Arlington, Gettysburg, etc.

    Dick, Jul 6, 2003
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  3. NeleH

    NeleH Guest

    Could somebody comment on whether this is the case in the UK, which is where
    I live?
    NeleH, Jul 6, 2003
  4. NeleH

    Jan Philips Guest

    You're right. It could be copyrighted work, and you would need
    permission to reproduce it widely.
    Jan Philips, Jul 6, 2003
  5. Yes, you have the copyright when you take the picture as long you don't try
    to dig up the dead people!
    Michael Hadac, Jul 7, 2003
  6. NeleH

    Harry Brown Guest

    If you take a photograph from a public area, then the photo is recognized as
    yours for editorial porposes. You can exhibit it, publish it or make other
    use of it for your personal use. However, if you wish to sell it for
    commercial use, you will need to hire a lawyer to sort out all the legal
    Harry Brown, Jul 7, 2003
  7. NeleH

    Frederick Guest

    Well, you will want to talk to a lawyer on any legal issues, but from
    what mine said, you are able to. The graveyard the stone is in is a
    public place. So long as there is no posted signs stating you are not
    allowed to take pictures, you are more than welcome to. As for the
    church, I would say that is a gray area. While all are welcome in any
    church, they are not really public property. Thus,there may be some
    legal issues there.

    As for copyright laws, as long as it was not "Work for Hire", you
    retain all copyrights to any photo you take.

    Frederick, Jul 13, 2003
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