I believe in Aust; and stress "I believe", anyone can take photos of most people, places and things from a PUBLIC
place. That means I can photograph someones home from the street. I can walk in a street blazing away and everyone in that street is fair game
If someone "important" was prominently displayed in a photo it may make sense to contact that person before using that photo in a display/gallery. Sadly there seems to be too many hungry and greedy lawyers around these days.
I really believe the recent photography of Kate and William will have an impact on "street" photographers in the future.
There are lot of restriction of photography at beaches; schools, school sports and some buildings. Someone with a big white 500mm lens above the beach will get the move on order. Hopefully someone like me with a Panasonic 200 (from next week
) will not be so obvious.
So down here a model release should not be required for general street photography. And if someone did object, I'm sure if that photo was removed from display if requested all would be OK. LOL I would offer them the photo as a special price
I'm miles from any cities ATM but I would love to do that sort of street photography
Like most things; commonsense will keep most out of trouble.