Who gave you permission to use my picture in the print and electronic media?

I’m confused about this. When I want to publish a photo on my blog, facebook page, or even submit for publication in the print and electronic media, I am required to state that I have the right to publish this photo, which I assume means the people I have photographed have agreed to as well. Yet every day we are presented with images of people who at times wouldn’t want their photo in the paper, and would no doubt have refused permission to do so.


Take this morning’s Cape Times for instance. They have taken and used a picture from the memorial service of the little girl who died tragically at a day-care centre last week. By all accounts the media were asked to respect the family’s distance as it was a private affair, yet photos were taken and the parents were highlighted in the caption. Now if the family had said they want distance, does this also not mean they don’t want photo’s or interviews at that time?


So again I have to ask two questions:


  1. who gave permission for this photo to be used?
  2. And more to the point, what are the rules and regulations surrounding such?

10 thoughts on “Who gave you permission to use my picture in the print and electronic media?

  1. bronnie.l

    depends on the country as well, they often have to blank out hte faces of children in the UK. but hten again, if someone pastes you on facebook and you don’t specifically untick your name, it may be up on the public domain and is fair grabs

  2. mamajen

    If something is taking place in a public space, it is permissable to take a pic without somone’s permission. This is long, but it is an extract from the Press Code: (http://www.presscouncil.org.za/pages/press-code.php)1.7 Reports, photographs or sketches relative to matters involving indecency or obscenity shall be presented with due sensitivity towards the prevailing moral climate.1.7.1 A visual presentation of sexual conduct may not be published, unless a legitimate public interest dictates otherwise.1.7.2 Child pornography shall not be published. 1.8 The identity of rape victims and victims of sexual violence shall not be published without the consent of the victim.1.9 News obtained by dishonest or unfair means, or the publication of which would involve a breach of confidence, should not be published unless a legitimate public interest dictates otherwise.1.10 In both news and comment the press shall exercise exceptional care and consideration in matters involving the private lives and concerns of individuals, bearing in mind that any right to privacy may be overridden only by a legitimate public interest.

  3. robinhawkins

    I wouldn’t worry too much. It’s just Media 24 being over-protective and ensuring that they have sufficient disclaimers in place to avoid legal scrutiny.

  4. lonely.at.home

    I can’t answer these questions, but I also often wonder about the right to publish photo’s!Hope you have a wonderful day 🙂

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