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Every person has a right to his or her own image. Likenesses cannot be shown or disseminated except with the consent of the person depicted.

Our Recommendation

  • Consent to use the photos for reporting on work and events at Freie Universität should be obtained expressly, if at all possible, preferably in writing.
  • For advertising purposes – such as informational brochures, event posters, or online presentations – express consent, generally in writing, is always required from the person depicted. For example, if a researcher is photographed for an edited article such as the Tagesspiegel supplement, the picture may not be used in another context such as for a brochure, unless further arrangements are made.
  • Before taking the photograph(s), have the subject sign a broadly worded declaration of consent or ask the relevant person about further use at a later date. Otherwise, the subject of the picture can prohibit the publication of his or her picture in a brochure.

  • Children and adolescents under 18 may only be photographed if the legal guardian(s) have agreed.

For general information on the subject, please contact the Office of News and Public Affairs. For specific legal advice, please contact the Office of the General Counsel.