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A photograph or photo is an image created by light falling on a light-sensitive surface, usually photographic film or an electronic medium such as a CCD or a CMOS chip. Most photographs are created using a camera, which uses a lens to focus the scene's visible wavelengths of light into a reproduction of what the human eye would see. The process and practice of creating photographs is called photography. The word "photograph" was coined in 1839 by Sir John Herschel and is based on the Greek φῶς (phos), meaning "light", and γραφή (graphê), meaning "drawing, writing", together meaning "drawing with light".

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    VIC What Constitutes Trespass?

    I have a situation in which I have been accused of trespass on 2 occasions now by my ex-husband. The first situation involved a breach of court orders in which he had failed to provide 7 days notice that he had moved houses. I knew he had moved because the children (who are with him about 40%...
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    NSW Intellectual Property Law of Street Photographs?

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    VIC What are the laws around publishing and sharing my photography of other people?

    I am a portrait photographer in Australia. I want to publish and share images I have taken on ABC Open and other sites. Some of them show other people (mostly minors/children under 18) who have said yes to me taking their photo, but I have not received their parent\'s permission. Am I allowed to...
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    WA Taking a photo for evidence whilst driving

    Hi all i have a scenario that i find interesting and would love an opinion. A person driving a vehicle takes a photo on their mobile phone of a person who they think is commiting an offence. Can the defendent who has witnessed the plaintiff take the photo use the legal system to prosecute them...