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11-14-12 Laws and Ethics Study Guide Questions:

1. Things to know for the test:

2. What is the difference between breaking photojournalist ethics and breaking the law?

Breaking photojournalist ethics is going against what is right, breaking the law is you doing something that your not supposed to and you could face jail time for it. 

3. What are some of the scenarios we discussed?

We discussed about a picture that was taken of a man that was shot and him falling to his death, we discussed that if it was right for a photographer to publish this.

4. What are the four things a photojournalists can be sued for?

A photojournalist can be sued for copyright infrigement, invasion of privacy, libel, obscenity.

5. What is libel?

Libel is when someone is exposed to hatred, ridicule, or has his/her reputation damaged as a result of false information that has been published.

6. What can you do to make sure you are not sued for libel?

Publish only true photographs and cutlines, dont use humor or words that have double meanings in cutlines. And dont manipulate photographs to make them false.

7. What is the best defense against libel?

That is if a person is a public figure.

8. What is invasion of privacy?

Invasion of privacy is intrusion, putting out private facts, false lights, appropriation, highly offensive info to reasonable person.

9. When does a private citizen lose the right to privacy?

A person loses their right to privacy is if theyre a public figure.

10. What is obscenity?

Obscenity is  something grotesque or something bad like a person holding up their middle finger.

11. What is the LAPS test?

A series of questions for the court to answer about the photo. to see if it is an obscenity

12. What is copyright?

Protects creative works.

13. What should you do to avoid being sued for copyright infringement?

Make sure the works arent similar, copyright it, register with the library of congress.

14. As a media representative, in which of these cases can you legally shoot a newsworthy event on private property? 

If theres a fire or someone is getting arrested, or someone got hit by a car. 

15. If someone threatens to sue your paper for libel for a picture that damaged their reputation, what could you do to avoid it? use only the photos and cutlines.

16. If you wanted to pursue photojournalism in college, which school should you attend? missouri

17. Standards that professional photojournalists strive to follow are called…


18. If you take pictures of someone in their home with a hidden camera, you can be sued for: Invasion of privacy

19. If you use a telephoto lens and photograph students drinking beer in their backyard, you could be sued for: Invasion of privacy, libel

20. If you use a non-celebrity’s photo in an advertisement without their permission, you could be sued for: Copyright infringment.

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