I am a keen amateur and have been lucky enough to sell a few of my images through a couple of stock sites. I think I understand the difference between Editorial and Commercial license with regard to stock photography but I have a couple of specific issue which I am unclear about and wondered if anyone could enlighten me?
I am thinking of selling some of the images taken locally as framed prints at a local artesian market. These leaves the question as to what can I legally sell.
1) Shots of The City of Arts and Sciences building which were designed by Santiago Calatrava. These shots were taken from a public raod of a public building, but I'm still not sure?
2) Shots of at an airshow in Valencia, which takes place over the beach and is completely free.
3) Shots taken of the Formula 1 Grand Prix cars, taken at the practice sessions
4) Close up shots of Animals taken at the local Wildlife Park/Zoo
5) Shots of Classic cars parked on the public road.
6) Shots at a free open air concert.
Any help, or advice would be much appreciated.
The only thing I can say is that you should check with the zoo. My local zoo only allows shots for personal use, all commercial shots have to be approved and licensed or something.
As Silvia says, any shots taken on private land can be restricted in there use, but shots taken in a public place are OK even if of a building or private land as long as you where in a public place when taking the shot. Of course, taking pictures of people in a public place may need a model release before most commerical sites will accept them. So, to give an example taking pictures of the Bullring from a public road is OK but if you go onto their road/site it isn't. This might include a private road where the public have access like the Bullring, in that case it's a no no, as it still private land. :)
Thanks, thats helpful. Am I correct in thinking then that the shots taken at a free concert would still need authority even though it was free, because it was on private land, but shots taken at the airshow would be OK because they were taken from the beach, ie public land.
So would this rule also apply to shots taken inside public buildings?? Is that public land or private?
If it's on private land then you need a release even if entry is free. As to inside public buildings then it depends on bylaws governing that building, which can vary from place to place. You could always ask in these situations, which also apply to churches. If you are on public land when you take the shot you can do what you want with the image. :)
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