Los Gatos, CA asked in Consumer Law, Copyright and Internet Law for California

Q: I'm compiling an ebook about the best photography locations in my area. Can I get sued for using public locations?

Can I use public locations in my ebook without permission? For example, state parks, building fronts, local parks, schools, etc. No people are shown in the photos I'm using from whom I haven't gotten permission, but I'm wondering if someone could sue me if they're an owner of the location and I'm charging for a book about locations.

1 Lawyer Answer
Benton R Patterson III
Benton R Patterson III
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Dallas, TX

A: You are free to describe and take photos of public locations (state parts, local schools, etc.). Ownership of real property does not include the right to exclude others from taking photos of the property.

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