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