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Photographers’ rights: an image problem

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The idea of content being king on the Internet is not a new one. If some of that content consists of photos, there are some rules that need to be followed. One of my blog readers took me to task over a photo I took of "The Bean" in Chicago. The bean-shaped metal sculpture -- its real title is "Cloud Gate" -- is a public work of art, located in a public park and it is photographed so many times a day that I am surprised it has not faded. People come from all over the world to worship the bean. The reader commented that I had no right to post a photo of someone else's work of art on my blog. I am not a lawyer and have read several articles on the subject and they don't seem to be in agreement, at least where The Bean is concerned. Articles about it can be found all over the Internet, dating back to when the sculpture was first placed in Millennium Park. There have been incidents over The Bean and photographers who take photos of it. The legalities of ...

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