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Model Releases

Releases generally permit the use of the image(s) for all purposes except for criminal or defamatory uses, and are given by the people photographed and the owners of non-public property being photographed.

Written releases are not required, as being unnecessary, in many circumstances. For instance, releases may not be needed for crowd scenes containing many (anonymous) people or where the photographs are being taken in a context where implied releases which are sufficiently broad are clearly given. And in general, public places don't require a property release.

In other cases releases are highly recommended. In case of doubt, e.g., a distinctive profile or silhouette which can be identified by a person knowing that person, get a release. You may wish to educate yourself more about the advisability of obtaining releases and the different wordings for releases by reading books for photographers.

Our systems leave the responsibilities of releases in your hands. We are merely a facilitator in the sale process. When uploading photos you will have to set release information accordingly by using the release function to post if you have the necessary unrestricted releases as shown below. I have the necessary unrestricted model releases for this photo:

MODEL RELEASE

This is a signed release from every person (or the parent or guardian of a minor) who can be identified in a photo, consenting to the use of his or her likeness for all purposes as described in the release. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have adequate model releases for the uses you are making the photo available for.

PROPERTY RELEASE

This is a signed release from the owner/s of identifiable property depicted in a photo, consenting for the image depicting property to be used for all purposes as described in the release. Property in this context usually refers to trademarks and works which are protected by copyright. Local laws may require that you have permission for photography of specific sites also. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct property releases in accordance with applicable law for the uses you are making the photo available for.