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Photography - Do I need permission to photograph a random person on the street?




Copyright does not protect people. There may be a general law of privacy developed by case law in New Zealand which prevents people being photographed without their permission. However, the exact scope and application of such law is unclear. It may be that the law only applies in circumstances where
  • there is a reasonable expectation of privacy; and
  • publicity in such circumstances would be considered highly offensive to any reasonable person.
    This may not prevent photographing a random passer-by on the street.



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