Images such as photographs and graphics are widely used in communications materials to enhance a message or the ‘look and feel’ of a publication, report, video or website.
Legal requirements relating to ‘copyright’ and ‘moral rights’, and policy requirements relating to information privacy, must be considered when obtaining and using images. These are outlined below:
- Is this version of the image the highest resolution available?
- Was the image taken as part of a contract with the Crown?
- Has copyright for the images been given in full to the Crown?
- Have provisions for consent to infringement of moral rights been established between the photographer and the Crown?
- Has the image subject(s) given permission to use the image by signing an Acknowledgement of use of image form (adult and minor)?