07/05/07 271 W - + 13 - 16 Photo Permissions


From time to time, we're asked if our photos can be used for this project or that purpose. We almost always agree, as we seek to serve those that we photograph. That's why we're here. Passing around personal copies are fine, as are public-facing projects such as presentations or web pages. Commercial use is a little trickier, but often okay. Below are some guidelines to when we want to be asked, or don't need to be asked for permission to use their photos:

NO NEED TO ASK: Distributing photos to friends, family, or other responders. Distributing photos within your responding agency. Using photos within your responding agency for reports, documentation, or other private-facing purposes.

NO NEED TO ASK, BUT*: Personal use of photos for non-commercial purposes, such as school papers or PowerPoint presentations. Responding agency use of photos for public-facing projects, such as event displays or web pages. *BUT, we like to hear how our photos are used. Let us know how they worked out. Snap a picture, even.

PLEASE ASK: Personal use for commercial purposes, such as articles for trade publications. Commercial use for commercial purposes, such, say, a fire safety insert in a newspaper. Or graphics for a fire-rescue web site.

THE ANSWER IS NO, UNLESS*: Commercial use for generic news reporting, such as local newspapers or television stations. We steer clear of those folks. *UNLESS, the lead agency seeks to release photos to the media and ours are the only images available and everybody down the chain is comfortable. We presume such occasions will be rare, if ever. There are lots of cameras on this planet.





  
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