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Know Your Rights

July 27, 2009

© Copyright Mike Saunders

When photographing in public, photographers may find themselves confronted by unwitting subjects who, for whatever reason, would clearly like to stay out of the picture, thank you very much.

This article on provides a good overview of your rights as a photographer and is a good resource for photographers who spend a significant amount of time snapping photos in public. The article contains informative links to detailed books and PDF documents about photographers’ rights in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

The most important points to remember are:

  1. You have the right to take a photograph anywhere in public, but it’s best to obtain permission in advance when photographing on private property, such as in a shopping mall.
  2. Nobody has the right to confiscate your camera or ask you to delete a photograph. Once you’ve taken the picture, it’s yours.
  3. You can take pictures of anyone in public. But as a matter of common courtesy, it’s important to remain polite and respectful of others by not engaging in outright harassment.

For more details regarding your rights as a photographer, review the following excellent resources, provided by the article on


The Photographer’s Right PDF
The Law, In Plain English, For Photographers


Photography Laws in Canada
Photographers Rights @ Photojunkie


Photographer’s Rights in the UK


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