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My new business is as follows: We will be taking photos of

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My new business is as follows:
We will be taking photos of public beach goers without their knowledge or permission.
We will then post these photos online and sell them to any interested persons.
Is this legal or are we in legal trouble?

-Could you explain your situation a little more?
Will you be photographing from a public area?

Will all of the subjects be in a public area?

Will you be using anyone's names?

What is the purpose of this and why is there a market for photographs of strangers?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Photographing surfers using a high speed camera hoping they will want to purchase these photos as souvenirs.
Dear JACUSTOMER - There is no law against filming or photographing public areas. We are constantly being photographed in all sorts of places such as ATMs, grocery stores, on highway cameras etc. So the filming is certainly allowed and the selling is also allowed. News organizations pay money for footage of public events and individuals are shown without their consent, You can't watch a sporting event on TV without close ups of anonymous fans in the stands. so that part of it is all legal. The one thing you probably will need to do is get a vendor's license from the community where this activity is being conducted. if you are selling a product you are going to have to have a license in virtually every community in America so you need to check with the community involved to make certain your business is legal in that sense.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Thank you.
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