Posts Tagged model releases

PG to X to XXX Rated Photography

Using our powers of mentalism we know exactly what you are thinking at this moment – “What does this topic have to do with me? I don’t shoot or appear in that kind of stuff”. Now, now don’t get ahead of your skis grasshopper. The laws regarding risqué, controversial, or even sexual or simply implied […]

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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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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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Photos Are Forever, If You Have the Paperwork

A long retired successful photographer called Ed the other day for some advice. He/she has been out of touch with the business (by choice) and enjoys life pretty much doing nothing. Out of the blue photographer gets a phone call from Giant Ad Age Agency, “Hey remember that super ad campaign you did for (Major […]

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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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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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Revenge By The Goose Can Be Revenge By The Gander

No topic we discuss attracts more attention than that of the need to obtain written, signed model releases. Broadly speaking, the need is motivated by the desire or need to employ the photographs in connection with the sale or promotion of any product, service, company or organization (whether a for profit enterprise or otherwise).  In […]

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Back To The Future

Clichés like, “Dance with the person who brung ya’” or “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” speak to the wisdom of doing that which has worked well in years passed. We have all become eager participants in the digital age and the instant communications it affords us. We are now all tied 24/7 to […]

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Woman Wrongly Depicted as HIV Positive in AD – Whoops

Those of you who attended our recent seminar at PhotoShop World in Las Vegas on Model Releases may recall our example of using a person in an ad or article dealing with AIDS who did not provide written consent for such use.  Notwithstanding that we have had similar cases, there were more than a few […]

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One Size Does Not Fit All

We have both been getting questions from photographers looking for a one-size fit all answer to questions. Many people quote a specific case to support their flawed business practice or disregard of the law. We have always tried to emphasize that many examples and many situations are very much case dependent, meaning the answers are […]

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