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Are photos free to be used without release?

I purchased accident photos from State Police. I wish to include them in literature I wish to self publish. Photos were taken by the State Police on a major interstate highway.  Can I use them without a release?

Asked on June 6, 2009 under Business Law, Michigan

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

It depends on what your purchase agreement states, and whether they claim any copyright.   Further, did you purchase copies or the originals?

You need to delve into this a bit more.


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