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When to use a model release form
Don't be scared or put off by the release form rule. We ask for releases to protect you and ourselves, and it makes your pictures available to a wider and more commercial market if they are released. You still keep the copyright of your picture. The release form belongs to you. You keep it. We just need a copy.
If you take a picture of a person in a public place then you are legally entitled to sell that picture.
The picture can be used for editorial purposes, i.e. newspapers, education, etc. without a model release being needed.
If the image is to be used for commercial purposes, i.e. to sell a service or a product, then a Model Release form does need to be signed and 'consideration' given to the model, i.e. money ( can be 50P if agreeable ), or copies of the photograph for example, in exchange for the model's rights to the photograph being waived. If you take the photo the copyright belongs to you anyway. It is up to the buyer of the picture to know whether they will need a Model Release Form for it depending on how they want to use the picture.
If you want to reach a wider market then you should try and get Model Release forms filled in for all your people pictures, with the exception of crowd shots. If you think you have a cracking photo but can't get a Model release for it, send it to us anyway and we may upload it for just non-commercial use.
picturenation asks you to submit a Release Form for any and all uploaded images that feature -
WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR SIGNED RELEASE FORM:
DON'T SEND US YOUR RELEASE FORMS UNTIL WE'VE CLEARED YOUR IMAGE FOR USE. As soon as we tell you your image is OK'd and waiting to be published then send us your forms with the picturenation ID given to that image.
When you've downloaded and filled in your release form - you can either post us a copy or scan it and e-mail us a copy. Make sure you put the image ID of each picture on the forms - the ID is the number the image has when it has been uploaded onto picturenation and is awaiting clearance. Your picture may not be uploaded onto the live site until we have a copy of the release form.
PAYING A MODEL
Sometimes you may not be able to get a picture unless you part with some cash to the model. It's a perfectly reasonable request on their part. Whatever agreement you make is up to you and does not concern picturenation. We would suggest, however, that on your Release Form you add a note about the payment that has been made and obtain the model's signature by way of receipt.
ALREADY HAVE SIGNED RELEASE FORMS OF YOUR OWN?
That's great. If you have your own, or you're a professional or serious amateur photographer who has their own stash of Release Forms already signed then let us have a copy for any relevant pictures you wish to submit. Please just make sure that they have all the information our own forms ask for or they could be useless.
Download your release forms here:
Then either scan them and e-mail then to us at
Or post to
Or fax to
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