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Legal Rights of Freelance Photojournalists -- Cameras to Images

  • Wednesday, December 14, 2011
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • SPECIAL OFF-SITE LOCATION: RayKo Photo Center, 428 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
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Legal Rights of Freelance Photojournalists -- Cameras to Images

With M.J. Bogatin, Esq. & Kiffanie Stahle, Esq.

SPECIAL OFF-SITE LOCATION:  RayKo Photo Center, 428 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107.  Seating is limited.  Please register early! 

This workshop will discuss the following topics:

1. Photography in public spaces, protests, and marches; specifically targeted toward people who do not have a press pass.

2. What to do if the police approach, try to grab a camera, delete images, confiscate equipment.  If confiscated, if/how you can get your equipment and/or content returned. The rights surrounding such situation.  Does one need an attorney, or should the photographer approach the police department themselves?

3. When does a photographer need a model release?  

4. What is a model release?  Or can photographers snap photos of anyone/everyone at an event and publish them?  (For example, Michael Moore speaking at the Occupy Oakland event last week.) Including buildings and iconic spaces.  What one can, or cannot, do with the photos?  Sell them to someone else? A newspaper? Sell them to an individual? Display in a gallery? Put them on a t-shirt?

5. How websites like Flickr play in to this scenario.  What responsibility a photographer has in how the photos are posted (Creative Commons, Private vs. Public, etc. Discussion of Flickr Guidelines.


M.J. Bogatin, Esq. is a founding member of Bogatin, Corman & Gold, and has practiced law in the Bay Area for over 20 years. Mr. Bogatin is recognized as an arts and entertainment attorney, emphasizing art, entertainment and intellectual property law matters. He is also trained as a mediator, and serves on the Arts Arbitration and Mediation panel of California Lawyers for the Arts. Mr. Bogatin is President of the Board of Directors of California Lawyers for the Arts.

Kiffanie Stahle is the founder of Stahle Law, a San Francisco-based law firm. Her practice focuses on arts and entertainment law and crafting solutions that fit the needs of her creative clients. Ms. Stahle is also a fine arts photographer.


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