Model Release Form

Getting legal permission from subjects of your photographs

A Model Release Form is widely used in photography; professional photographers know that it’s important to obtain permission from their subjects so they know they’re legally free to use the images for their own purposes.

But it doesn’t matter if you’re a professional photographer or if you just take pictures for a hobby—any time you take a picture of another person, unless you have permission from your model or subject, your options of what you can later do with those photos are limited.

Of course, there are certain situations where permission from your subjects is not required: if you publish a picture in a newspaper, magazine, educational book, or exhibit, for example, a Model Release Form may not be necessary.

However, it’s generally a good idea to keep your options open—you never know what you might decide to do with your photos down the line, and it can be difficult to track down everyone appearing in your pictures should you decide to use them for commercial purposes.

Here’s an example. You take a picture of your college roommate for a school project. Years later, an administrator happens to see the photo, loves it, and approaches you about using your photo for a billboard to advertise the university. What if you aren’t able to locate your old roommate to ask her for permission?

A Model Release Form is your first line of defense to keep yourself free of legal entanglements with the subjects of your photographs. Protect your rights to your images today.

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Model Release Form
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Related Forms

A Copyright License Agreement is used to let someone use your photograph for a specified purpose, while you retain full ownership.

A Work For Hire Agreement can be used at the beginning of a shoot to ensure that the model owns the rights to any resulting images, not the photographer.

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