Question About Model Release Forms

Discussion in 'Photography' started by tehawk, Aug 31, 2006.

  1. tehawk

    tehawk Guest

    I was asked to take pictures of various staff members at my agency for
    use in some posters our graphics department was setting up.
    Since the pictures are only going to be used by my agency and they are
    of employees, would a model release form be needed?
    Of course I'm asking them for their permission verbally, but do they
    need to sign a release form as well?
    tehawk, Aug 31, 2006
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  2. tehawk

    Rob Novak Guest

    Yes. Though their terms of employement may already have a photo/media
    release built in. Be safe - have a separate release signed by every
    model in every frame submitted to the art dept. Better to be safe
    than sorry.
    Yes. Any time you are using photos of people to promote any third
    party, concept, product, or idea, you need to have a release. Period.
    Using images on promotional posters is not editorial use - they're
    being used to promote someone else's concept, and that's commercial
    use, whether or not money changes hands.
    Rob Novak, Aug 31, 2006
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    Alex Guest

    Alex, Aug 31, 2006
  4. tehawk

    bugbear Guest

    I'd have thought so, unless their contract of
    employment is more like slavery, removing
    ALL their independent rights!

    bugbear, Sep 1, 2006
  5. tehawk

    Shawn Hirn Guest

    Probably, but free legal advise is worth exactly what you pay for it.
    See an attorney for real legal advise.
    Shawn Hirn, Sep 1, 2006
  6. And note that it only matters if you can identify the model personally ... if
    you are just taking a picture of their backside [assuming it is not a
    personally identifiable backside] or in sillouette, then you wouldn't need a
    Thomas T. Veldhouse, Sep 1, 2006
  7. tehawk

    Rob Novak Guest

    I'd still get one. Two minutes worth of paperwork could head off a
    lot of BS down the line. My rule of thumb is: if you ever think "Do I
    need a release for this?" you need a release for that.
    Rob Novak, Sep 1, 2006
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