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    Re: FBI releases photos of Boston blast suspects

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Only one part, how is "public figure" defined by law? AND I will point to these being legislative restrictions not constitutional restrictions (in case Ikari wishes to ressurrect the busted identity argument).
    There is no hard and fast guidelines, it's handled on a case-by-case basis.

    But basically, if you're in the news or noteworthy, you're likely to be classified as a public figure.

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    Re: FBI releases photos of Boston blast suspects

    the left picture seems too blurry,the right picture the man definately looks middle eastern or from the mediterranian.
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    Re: FBI releases photos of Boston blast suspects

    Quote Originally Posted by Visbek View Post
    Sheryl Crow is a public figure. A photo of Ms Crow in a public place can be purchased and published by a media outlet.

    However, you cannot take a photograph of Ms Crow drinking a soda, and using that photo in an advertisement.

    You may not like the paparazzi, but they have the legal right to take photos of public figures when they are in public.
    I don't, but that wasn't my argument. So, you're saying the act of selling the photos wasn't a commercial act, it wasn't commerce? Of course it is. The reason you couldn't legally use the picture in an ad for soda is that it implies endorsement, a separate issue.

    Further, no matter how non-public a figure you are, if I take a photo of you in public I can freely SELL (commerce) that photo to any magazine or newspaper without your permission. They are also free to publish that photo (and SELL newspapers, again commerce) without your permission.
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    Re: FBI releases photos of Boston blast suspects

    Quote Originally Posted by Visbek View Post
    There is no hard and fast guidelines, it's handled on a case-by-case basis.

    But basically, if you're in the news or noteworthy, you're likely to be classified as a public figure.
    Seems to me that would be a clear case of unequal application of the law - especially if the law were protecting constitutional principle. I'll know it when I see it is hardly a good standard, nor do I think it is the standard to begin with.

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    Re: FBI releases photos of Boston blast suspects

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    So, you're saying the act of selling the photos wasn't a commercial act...
    Yep. The image is not being used for advertising purposes. It doesn't matter if the photographer is on a salary or is a freelancer, they obviously have the legal right to do what they do -- as long as they are not trespassing.


    The reason you couldn't legally use the picture in an ad for soda is that it implies endorsement, a separate issue.
    No, it's because using the image is a commercial act. I seriously doubt the statutes mention anything about "endorsements," which are contracts between private parties.

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    Re: FBI releases photos of Boston blast suspects

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Seems to me that would be a clear case of unequal application of the law....
    It isn't. The law simply can't require a Q Factor for individuals. Nor is there a government register of "public figures."

    More info: https://www.eff.org/issues/bloggers/...y/defamation#7

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    Re: FBI releases photos of Boston blast suspects

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    Re: FBI releases photos of Boston blast suspects

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    There are definitely more than a couple posters that re relieved as hell, excited even, that the suspects appear to be white boys.
    As opposed to what? Middle Eastern? Black? Hispanic?

    No one is "relieved" that the suspects appear white.

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    Re: FBI releases photos of Boston blast suspects

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    Re: FBI releases photos of Boston blast suspects

    Quote Originally Posted by Visbek View Post
    It isn't. The law simply can't require a Q Factor for individuals. Nor is there a government register of "public figures."

    More info: https://www.eff.org/issues/bloggers/...y/defamation#7
    That has to do with defamation - not photography. Very specific.

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