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A while back some of us had images removed that were taken inside the Tate Modern.  I'm sure one of the reasons given was that there was a notice banning photography for commercial use at the entrance.

 

I was there yesterday and I searched all around the entry area and could not find any notice about photography.  The entry is free so no contract is entered into as far as I understand.

 

Any thoughts ?

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29 minutes ago, John Walker said:

A while back some of us had images removed that were taken inside the Tate Modern.  I'm sure one of the reasons given was that there was a notice banning photography for commercial use at the entrance.

 

I was there yesterday and I searched all around the entry area and could not find any notice about photography.  The entry is free so no contract is entered into as far as I understand.

 

Any thoughts ?

right on the website..no commercial use. http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-gallery-rules

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It’s an extremly complicated subject and not being a lawyer...

 

Precisely for the Tate I don’t know

 

But from what I understand you have a few things to take into consideration:

- the building was renovated/converted to a museum by Swiss architects Herzog & De Meuron - and they have intellectual rights on their design

- artwork inside the building can also be intellectual property

- the exhibition design can also...

- even graphic design in and outside the museum is copyrighted...

- photographing people can also be problematic

 

At best imho you can sell the pictures as editorial?

 

I got a mail a while from Alamy regarding photos I took from the grande arche de la defense in Paris. A company that owns the intellectual rights (the architect is deceased) asked to add to the caption the copyright of the architect. No problem with that, on the contrary!

 

Since then I decided to add the designer/architect... where relevant.

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On entering the Tate in St. Ives last week I was told (without even asking, and I wasn't carrying an obvious camera) that photography was OK in the first few galleries but not the later ones. No distinction on commercial versus non-commercial was made, and I didn't ask. But then I wasn't taking any pictures anyway.

 

There's also been recent some stuff in the media about Bradgate Park asking artists and photographers to buy a permit if they want to sell their pictures of "Old John". See article here.  Looks like there might be a legal challenge here.

 

I've been in touch with the Park's Trustees and they've told me that photographs of Old John I sell for editorial purposes aren't included. Plenty of scope for confusion methinks (photographer gets commercial gain, but usage is non-commercial). 

 

Mark

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