Examples of tourist attractions on private property where the owners are quite happy for you to take photos without seeking permission:
Sculpture of William Orpen by Rowan Gillespie at The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin.
The people in the following two photos can expect ‘no right to privacy’ as they are in a public place or at a public event. However, some people are ignorant of the law and may harass you. If so, to keep the peace, offer to send them a low res copy via WhatsApp and you could brand it with “photo by …….”. This would prevent them from using the photo commercially.
St Stephen’s Green is a public park (Owned by The Office of Public Works). Again you require permission to take photos for commercial purposes (including weddings).
St Stephen’s Green, Dublin.
Dalkey Vintage Festival.
Don’t take photos of strangers dining in a restaurant. However, if they are sitting outside the restaurant and can be seen from a public place then they have no right to object.
While it may be legal to photograph children in public, this is best avoided unless you have consent from a parent or guardian.
The law states that the photographer, musician, artist, author etc. owns the copyright till 70 years after his or her death (link at end of post). In the case of photography, it does not mean photographers can do as they please with commissioned images. If I’m commissioned to photograph a wedding for example and I use or sell one of those images for any purpose other than what I was commissioned to do (supply a wedding album), without the consent of the bride & groom, they can sue me. Likewise, if the bride & groom use (paid or not) one of my images of their wedding commercially without my consent, I can sue them.
Just because you found it on the web, bought a book, a CD or a painting, does not mean you now own the copyright and can use it as you please. You are not exonerated just because the painting or photograph is of your face. If you use or copy what someone else created (whether you get paid or not) without the artists permission, you are in breach of copyright law. Saying you didn’t know who the creator was is a bit like saying “I didn’t realise there was a speed limit Your Honour”.
There are lots of court cases to prove this, a Copy Shop argued that they assumed they were exempt because their copy machine was self service so the staff didn’t see the photographers logo, they lost the case. Another photographer who was commissioned to do a shoot for a companies Annual Report subsequently saw one of his photographs reproduced on an advertising poster in an airport and he successfully sued the company.
Photo in an Art gallery. Painting of Capt. Woods by William Orpen.
Mexico for example make no secret about their corruption, they use any excuse to extort cash from tourists which is then divided out between the arresting police, the judge and your lawyer. They operate by a primitive law – ‘Guilty Until Proven Innocent’ and unless you pay cash now, they put you in a rat infested prison till your case is heard.
The locals in some Muslim countries can be quite paranoid about photography, they quote – ‘Security’, ‘Capturing their Sole’ or ‘that you have no right to reproduce what God created’. Oddly enough, many of them will be happy to let you take a photo if you pay them cash!
Link to Irish Copyright Act 2000: –