[Osmf-talk] OpenStreetMap in UK's New Scientist

Richard Fairhurst richard at systemeD.net
Thu Dec 10 09:03:51 UTC 2009

Gervase Markham wrote:
> If they are part of a press pack or similar, then others might use them
> in that way. After all, publishing in a paper is commercial use - the
> paper is sold for money.

We publish a 160-page magazine every month and in 35 years have never 
obtained model release, never been advised to, nor received any 
complaints from the thousands of people pictured in the magazine.

"Commercial use" is a red herring and not enshrined anywhere in UK law. 
The issues are, rather, that of privacy and endorsement. If the 
photograph is taken in a public place, and is not used to endorse a 
particular product or viewpoint, then you are absolutely in the clear in 
the UK. If the photograph is of a private place or is used in a way 
which implies endorsement, then things are a little trickier.


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