Archive for category Models

Avoiding Grief, Aggravation and Litigation

One of the areas we get asked about the most concerns model releases. As a reminder to readers, model release laws are not national, but rather are specific to each state are usually referred to as “right of publicity”, “right of privacy” or mash up of both. Whatever they are called they cover the unauthorized […]

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Model And Model Behavior

As those of you who have read our book “The Copyright Zone” or seen our seminars on the subject of model releases well know, we strongly urge all photographers to get a signed, written model release all of the time, always if at all possible. We write for and speak to models (and model agencies) […]

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Svenson Again

As discussed in our prior articles (here, here, and yet again here) residents of an apartment building in the uber trendy Tribeca area of Manhattan, sued fine art photographer Arne Svenson for photographing them without obtaining their consent.  Svenson had photographed residents including partially unclothed children, while in their own apartments.  There was no dispute that […]

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Catch Us On The Grid

We did our live Grid gig with Scott Kelby and RC Concepcion yesterday and I must say, one of us was brilliant. The other one was, well…… ok. You can catch the episode at any time on http://kelbytv.com/thegrid/    We’re the current video, episode 181. Seriously, as you can see by Scott and RC’s expressions below, […]

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It’s Enough To Make a Photographer GAGA!

We’ve seen major advertising campaigns employ mediocre or even amateur photography. Such sourcing obviously affects the bottom line of professional photographers who pursue such prestigious clients and their lucrative accounts. Now comes news that Shiseido cosmetics has opted to employ images shot by a celebrity with a cell phone rather than those created by a professional […]

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Wolves In and Out of the Hen House

The press coverage of the accusations made against Bill Cosby and several other “sex in the news” stories, have resulted in our receiving some inquiries about certain people in the industry who just don’t get the attention they deserve – sexual predators. Regardless of gender, the sexual predators we refer to engage in activities ranging from harassment, intimidation, assault and worse.  The unauthorized creation and/or distribution […]

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Ed’s Case in the NY Post

Ed is mentioned in the NY Post today about one of his cases. Can’t talk about it because it’s a pending case. But still interesting. http://nypost.com/2014/11/26/suit-in-the-citi-after-bank-shortchanges-model-for-ad-gig/

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Please Release Me, But Not My Photos

“I like my relationships like I like my eggs. Over easy.” — Jarod Kintz, It Occurred to Me Well, we find relationships more likely to end up scrambled. The cliché is “50% of all marriages end in divorce”. If that stat is accurate then we guess that nearly twice as many “personal relationships” break up […]

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Does Your Cat Have His Papers?

“The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.” Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance We use this quote as it fits well to frame a recent law passed in New York State legislature, “A.9004/S.6903” which prohibits exhibitors of big cats, tigers, jaguars, panthers and cougars (a/k/a mountain lions) from allowing the public to have […]

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For the Want of a Model Release

For those readers who cling to the absurd notion spread by your comrades that written, signed model releases aren’t really that important, be warned that this article will upset you.  We hope it scares the heck out of you. Here are the relevant facts and portions of the March 6th decision of Justice A. Singh […]

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