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#1 Phil Soheili

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 11:44 AM

Good day everybody,

 

I was wondering if there where any regulations on filming car licence plates.

We will be having at least 5 (practical) cars with licence plates in sight in the picture.

 

I was going to print them with random numbers.

Is this a good idea?

 

Can I use plates that are in my posession or could it be that these "numbers"

have been reused once the original cars where "trashed"?

 

Or is there a common "cinema plate" prefix as "555" for telephone numbers?

 

Is there a government agency dealing with this where I could get accurate answers?

(we would use Washington State plates)

 

Any experiences / help?

Thanks a lot

 

Phil


Edited by Phil Soheili, 23 June 2015 - 11:46 AM.

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#2 John E Clark

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 05:39 PM

These sorts of questions will put money in the lawyer's kids school funds...

 

If you get car owner's releases on the vehicle, I'm sure that is perfectly legal. If there is a passing car, and the license plate is somehow visible, there may be a 'fair use/public place' argument, but I'd probably use After Effects and blur/replace the plate with something else, say my own car's plate...

 

The only issue would be if there was some state law about creating detailed likeness of a plate.

 

In the case of US 'legal tender', I believe there are certain restrictions in regard to size, full vs. partial, and resolution. So if one just has a clenched fist full of dollars, that's one thing, if one has a 1920x1080 full frame image of a bill, that may be another thing.


Edited by John E Clark, 23 June 2015 - 05:39 PM.

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