ERIC Number: ED192368
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Let's Keep Photographers Out of Court: A Legal Primer for Photographers.
Huttenstine, Marian L.; Reddin, Debra D.
Photojournalists who sometimes do freelance work should have an awareness of the legal issues relating to their work. The history of litigation involving photographers is clouded by misapplication of existing law, ambiguity in applicable law, and lack of knowledge on the part of all parties. Nonetheless, certain basic principles, if followed, provide a measure of guidance for photographers who sincerely wish to keep themselves out of costly legal battles. Four areas of mass communication law that bear particular relevance to the photographer are invasion of privacy, libel, contracts, and copyrights. A number of court cases involving photographers illustrate several tenets that photographers should try to follow, including the needs to understand privacy law, to know how captions under photographs can make them libelous, to use consent forms in all photographic work, to register photographic copyright, and to occasionally talk to local attorneys about current issues in media law. (A list of 13 principles/suggestions for photographers to follow is offered.) (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (63rd, Boston, MA, August 9-l3, 1980).