A fellow blogger has published a photo of a lady in Iran whilst admitting to the fact that he had to take the picture covertly as she would not have given him permission to take it and certainly will not have given him permission to post it on the internet. So when I asked th photographer if he had a problem with this- his reply was that:
'You need to look at each society's local laws and regulations. While in U.S. if you take someone's picture for financial gains you need to get a release from them for publications or material gains, yet even in US you do not need any legal release if the photograph that you have taken is in a completely public domain from someone that is not the owner of that domain and your intention is not for financial gains or malicious consequences or publications. On the other hand, in Iran, a nation that has very little protection and law and order about copyrights or disclosure of names or information about a published photograph, there is absolutely no need for such thing as getting a permission. You need to follow the rules and regulations in each country. Good that you asked'.
Feeling that he had missed my point,my reply was that:
'the local laws of Iran probably allow a lot of stuff that a lot of people find distasteful. We do have our official high unpopularity ranking to vouch for it.By your own admission, the fact of the matter is the subject of the picture that you have posted here will not have given you permission to take the picture or to post it here- But who gives a damn right, you took the picture and then posted it because you think your legally in the clear. Hell it was fun too was not it--like taking candy from a baby right?'
This entire exchange has been deleted by the blogger, so as I feel there was a genuine point to be made and in the interest of freedom of speech I have reposted here.
Now It would be of interest to know the opinion of the readership. Should we be looking at pictures of others here if we know for sure they did not want them taken and they did not want them published- even though it may be legal?