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Legal information for photographers

On this page we collected legal information that is important when you wish to publish and sell your photos on Photocase.

1. Disclaimer

When our photo editing team accepts one of your images, this does not necessarily mean that the photo can legally be published on our platform. The legal situation for photography is complex and differs from country to country. As we are a company based in Germany, we follow German law on this topic. As a photographer, you must be aware of the legal situation in the country in which you take your photographs. Legally, your photos remain your property, thus it is ultimately your decision whether you wish to publish your photos and take the risk of that you could receive warnings or be charged damage compensation.

2. Photos of people

If you wish to publish photos of a recognizable person, you will require what’s known as a Model Release. We consider “recognizable” to be when a person’s face, or part of their face is visible, or if a person can be recognized by personal characteristics on their body. This can include things like tattoos. You should keep a signed copy of the Model Release and be prepared to present it in the case that someone files a complaint or takes legal action against you.

3. Photos of things and places

In the case of photos of things or places, property and trademark law can play a role. In many cases a Property Release will be required prior to publishing the photo. The Property Release is a written agreement from the owner or party responsible for management of the rights of the thing or place depicted on the photo.

In general, we do not accept photos where the main subject of the photo is a protected place or thing unless there is a Property Release. You can choose at your own discretion whether you wish to publish a photo where a protected place or thing is not the main subject of the photo. In any case, you should consider the following questions before you decide. The more questions you can answer “No” to, the better:

If a photo is changed by a customer, for instance if a street scene is cropped so that a logo or other protected element becomes the sole subject of the photo, neither Photocase nor the photographer will be liable for any problems that may arise as a result of this change.

Otherwise, the following applies:

4. Other protected places or things

In the past, we have learned that some subjects cannot be published: