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Jul 22, 2016 12:51 |  #1

Hi, I take a lot of photos from my seat at a college hockey arena. There is a camera policy against video or bringing in a camera with a lens over 4 inches. Well, I have a really good ultra zoom pocket camera that shoots manual/raw. I am able to occasionally get some pretty good shots. I am just starting to sell prints at local art shows. I was just wondering if I'm allowed to sell photos I have taken at the hockey games?




  
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Jul 22, 2016 14:32 |  #2

Check the back of your ticket, and the university/teams website for any policies regarding images taken at their games. They probably have terms that state any images are for personal use only.




  
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Jul 22, 2016 14:33 |  #3

Houston1852 wrote in post #18074551 (external link)
Hi, I take a lot of photos from my seat at a college hockey arena. There is a camera policy against video or bringing in a camera with a lens over 4 inches. Well, I have a really good ultra zoom pocket camera that shoots manual/raw. I am able to occasionally get some pretty good shots. I am just starting to sell prints at local art shows. I was just wondering if I'm allowed to sell photos I have taken at the hockey games?

You own the photos you have already taken and can sell prints to individuals as fine art. Since there is a formal camera policy and your photos contain the trademark logos of sports teams and show clearly recognizable people, you will not be able to sell them for commercial use. If you start selling prints, especially anything that mentions the key words of the college or team name-you will be contacted by the college and asked to stop. If they feel you are not complying with their request properly, you will probably be banned from arena and possibly the entire campus as well.

Many sports teams and local newspapers/magazine have approved sports photographers. Why not try to do it right?




  
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Jul 22, 2016 22:22 as a reply to  @ Scott Spellman's post |  #4

I would love to "do it right". I'm not a "professional" photographer so I don't know how I would get credentials.




  
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Jul 23, 2016 19:10 as a reply to  @ Houston1852's post |  #5

The usual process is to start shooting sports for younger or amateur teams by approaching a coach, then use your portfolio to work up to better and more professional teams, newspapers, and magazines.




  
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Jul 23, 2016 23:10 |  #6

Scott Spellman wrote in post #18074632 (external link)
You own the photos you have already taken and can sell prints to individuals as fine art. Since there is a formal camera policy ......

This may not be entirely correct.
As copyright owner the OP may sell art print.... provided they have not entered into a contractual agreement not to do so.

As Keith pointed out in his earlier post the venue may have a restriction on any sale of images as part of the agreement allowing entry to the venue.


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