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Model Releases and other documents

Summary of documents
» Download your universal Model Release document:
Model Release
» Download your universal Property Release document: Property Release
» Download your universal Property Release document: Talent Release

Model Releases
All images containing recognizable people require a model release. There are no exceptions. Look at the image and ask yourself “Could any of these people depicted recognize themselves in this picture?

If so, you will need a model release. Sometimes the context of an image is enough to make a person recognizable, even if their face is not visible.

The most important things to remember are:
» If the main subject of the image is a person - even if the person's face is not visible - it will require a model release. Images of people photographed from behind or without their permission or awareness will generally not be acceptable.
» If the photograph is of a minor (a child under the age of 18), a model release must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.
» A complete model release must be uploaded with each file that requires one. If you're uploading successive shots of the same model, the model release must be included with each image.
» A model release must include the date the shoot took place.
» A valid witness signature must appear on the model release. It must be from a third part - someone other than the photographer or the model/parent.
» If the photo is of the photographer (a self portrait), a model release is still required. A model release for self portraits does not expire; you can have an unlimited date range on your self-portrait model release.

Lifeographies does not accept digitally created or digitally signed model releases. This includes using script fonts as signatures, e-signatures, or scanning signatures and then pasting them into the release.

Download your universal Model Release document : Model Release

Property Releases

Sometimes we will need to see a signed and witnessed property release indicating you have obtained permission to photograph a particular location, building, or object.

The requirements for a property release isn't as clear-cut as for a model release, because there is no specific right of privacy that attaches to property, as it does to people. Having said that, there are at least two reasons for obtaining property releases: a) on the theory that a person's identity might be connected to the property in question (such as where a person's property is used in a manner that might defame the person as owner); and b) on the basis that to use someone's property for commercial gain without their consent may amount to an offence called "conversion". Also, if you go on someone's property to take a picture of them or their property, it could amount to trespass.

Lifeographies recommends that a Property Release be obtained when the image contains identifiable property wherever possible (this isn't just for houses, it could apply to pets, cars and other personal property. The more recognizable and unique the property (and the more the owner's identity might be connected to or determined from the property) the greater the need for a property release.

The Property Release needs to signed by the legal and beneficial owner(s) of the property or their authorized agent. Many of the same formalities apply as for Model Releases.

Download your universal Property Release document: Property Release

Editorial Use Only Images

Many of the restrictions on which images Lifeographies accepts have to do with the usages allowed by our standard content agreement. For example, we do not allow visible logos or trademarked items in our images because they will be used in commercial and advertising applications down the road.

Lifeographies also offers content under an Editorial Use Only license. Editorial Use" means that an image will be used as a descriptive visual reference. An Editorial image shows a specific person, place, thing, or event - people use them to give examples of those specific people, places, things, or events.

Technically, every image at Lifeographies right now is already 'editorial', in that the standard content license agreement allows for editorial use. The Editorial Use Only license means that the image can only be used this way, and cannot be used for commercial advertising purposes.

An Editorial Use Only image can be used:
» In a newspaper or magazine article
» On a blog or website for descriptive purposes
» In a non-commercial presentation

An Editorial Use Only image cannot be used:
» In any kind of advertising or promotional material
» For any 'advertorial' purposes, ie: in sections or supplements in relation to which you receive a fee from a third part advisor or sponsor

Audio performer release document

This document is used only for video and audio files

Download your universal Property Release document: Talent Release

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