Re: Publishing Dirty Pictures Without Permission
To the best of my knowledge, this is the way photographic copyright works.
A photographer owns all rights to an image. No-one can legally reproduce any photo taken — including those people pictured within it — without his permission. To do so is unethical and violates the intellectual property rights of the photographer.
As for the other side of the coin, if there are people whose faces are recognizable in a photo, the photographer MUST get a written release from each of them before publishing. Otherwise he's open to a lawsuit and can be liable for damages.
The exception here may be photos of famous persons whose images are readily regonizable, and would likely be considered to be in the public domain.
As for publishing your nudie photos, that was both unethical and immoral. You already know how dumb it was, so we won't add insult to injury. The truthier truth is that the guy is a low-life jerk. Unless you signed a release, get yourself a lawyer and sue his ass all the way to Cincinnati.
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