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WA Company Using Our Photos on Facebook Without Permission

Discussion in 'Commercial Law Forum' started by aanon, 4 May 2015.

  1. aanon

    aanon Member

    4 May 2015
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    Hi, my family and I recently got some professional photos taken, and the business has used one of the pictures taken, of our 4 year old daughter and dogs, for an advert on Facebook without any verbal or written permission. I was just wondering what action, if any, we can take and are we entitled to any revenue or a payment?
  2. Rod

    Rod Well-Known Member

    27 May 2014
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    Unlikely. Most professional photographers have terms in their agreement that give them these rights.

    Check the fine print in your agreement.
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  3. Sophea

    Sophea Guest

    I agree, check your agreement that you signed with them. If there is no agreement I'm sure they would remove it if politely requested by you.

    In Australia, there is no specific law which prevents the unauthorised uses of your image or right to "privacy" per se. In addition, the photographer will likely be the owner of the copyright in the photo, and has the right to deal with it as he or she wishes because he or she created it.

    There are options to sue for defamation - if the photo pictured you or your family in a derogatory way and lowered you in the eyes of the public or alternatively, misleading and deceptive conduct if you are a celebrity or well known in the community and the commercial use of the photograph affiliates you with a particular brand that you do not in fact endorse. Its an action based on the misappropriation of your reputation.

    Apart from these things, which do not appear to apply to you, your best bet would be to politely request that they remove it.

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