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Model release required?

Discussion in 'Help Team' started by tazio35, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. tazio35

    tazio35 Well-Known Member

    Bumbling about the web I've just come across a picture with a figure out of focus in the distance. The location appears to be public and it's unlikely the figure is a model, so, to sell such an image, is a release form required? The figure is too out of focus to be recognised.
     
  2. Barney

    Barney Well-Known Member

    It depends on how the image will be used and whether or not the figure can be recognised. If the picture is to be used for editorial purposes then no model release form is required irrespective of whether you can recognise the figure. If the picture is to be used for advertising or endorsement of a product thena model release form will only be required if the figure can be recognised.
     
  3. tazio35

    tazio35 Well-Known Member

    What about in a fine art / landscape print? Lone figure on the beach etc?
     
  4. T_Sargeant

    T_Sargeant Well-Known Member

    Should be no problem with that.
     
  5. Barney

    Barney Well-Known Member

    As Tom said, there should be no issues with that. The only issue you might have isn't related to the figure but where access to land is granted under certain conditions, one of which might be restrictions on use of photographs taken at the time. See various threads here on the National Trust for examples.
     
  6. ChrisBrookes

    ChrisBrookes Well-Known Member

    I just wondered exactly what "editorial" use is ? what does that mean exactly ?
     

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