Posting photos on web site question

Discussion in 'Photography' started by KM, Aug 13, 2003.

  1. KM

    KM Guest

    I am starting a community based web site in Maryland, USA.

    Does anyone know if I am allowed to take a digital photo of the outside of a
    store or restaurant (say Kmart, Target, McDonalds etc) and post the picture
    to my web site without telling the business that I am doing it? It would
    just be there next to the businesses listing on my community web site. No
    manipulation, just a front elevation pic.

    Seems to me like this is out in the public so I should be able to. Someone
    else told me they thought I couldn't.

    Does it make a difference if the store is inside a mall?

    KM, Aug 13, 2003
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    Ric Trexell Guest

    KM: Yes you could get in a little trouble however I have not heard of any
    one getting the death penality for it. However, why do you want to be so
    secret in it. Chances are if you just go to the manager and ask permission
    and explain why and what you want to do, they will give you permission. As
    for the mall pics, there again the best practice is to ask. They may
    request that you not use a tripod as it is a tripping hazard and they are
    the ones that would be sued if you tripped a little old lady that fell and
    broke her bones. In this day of security conscience people, taking photos
    in secret of buildings will set off alarms in the minds of some that you are
    one of those genuine terrorists. The most professional way of doing any of
    this is asking, preferablly in writing and in person. If they say no, then
    don't. At least you will be able to sleep at night. Ric in Wisconsin.
    Ric Trexell, Aug 14, 2003
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  3. KM

    KM Guest

    Thanks for the reply Ric.

    The reason I'm really asking is this particular area has about 5,000
    Asking all these people would be a nightmare.

    For example, you take pictures of the front of each store at a retail
    outlet. Say the retail outlet has 40 stores. Then down the road a bit
    there is another one. On and on.
    Plus, I can see it now. You ask a manager at one of these stores and they
    say they don't have the authority to sign a release. You have to contact
    "corporate". Now imagine getting a release from each "corporation".

    I just always thought that if I could take a snap shot from outside, that I
    would be able to use it. But maybe that was wishful thinking.
    KM, Aug 14, 2003
  4. Mads Pedersen, Aug 16, 2003
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