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Release question

M38A1M38A1 Registered Users Posts: 1,317 Major grins
edited March 17, 2013 in Mind Your Own Business
I've been securing model releases where the image of the person is clear, ie: recognizable face.

If one shoots, say a silhouette, where the person is unrecognizable, do you still need a release? This question is based on shooting three different situations to include a 1)model, 2)friend and 3)unknown/street shot.

Or does it not matter if you can't identify them?

Thx.

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    AngeloAngelo Super Moderators Posts: 8,937 moderator
    edited March 11, 2013
    I can't imagine what liability you might face with an unrecognizable person

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    M38A1M38A1 Registered Users Posts: 1,317 Major grins
    edited March 12, 2013
    Thanks Angelo.... That's sort of what I was thinking as well.
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    FergusonFerguson Registered Users Posts: 1,340 Major grins
    edited March 17, 2013
    M38A1 wrote: »
    ......three different situations to include a 1)model, 2)friend and 3)unknown/street shot.

    I am not a lawyer, but if you have a model for an event, and then use the photo without a release on an image where that person will know it is they (and perhaps can prove it), you might end up in trouble. If litigated who might win I do not know, but why antagonize a model over what they may view as unauthorized use or risk legal action even if you might win?

    The same might be said for the friend, though it's someone who uses their image for a living that I would think the most likely to take offense.
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