North Yarmouth, ME asked in Civil Rights and Copyright for Maine

Q: Can you publish a picture of someone in a book without their consent or knowledge?

When I was a minor I had a photo shoot done for a photo that was to be put in a book that had a limited; exclusive release of only 200 copies. My parents, nor I never signed anything, and I was never given any credit or compensation. This year, the picture was published again in a different book, that was mass released. I was never even notified or asked for my consent, let alone given credit or compensation again. Is this allowed?

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William C. Head
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A: This all depends on the paperwork signed at the photo shoot. That will likely control your legal rights.

Here are 15 possible candidates that may be able to help you. I suspect most will tell you (by phone) if it is something they will consider handling. If the publisher of the mass produced publication has MONEY, the lawyers will be MORE interested.

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