Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/01/12

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Model Releases
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 1999 08:54:33 -0800

Model releases are needed if you are using the recognizable photograph
commercially, as in advertising. The photograph of the person is associated
with a product or service. If you use the photographs personally, or for
editorial use, as in text books, coffee table books, magazine articles,
gallery show, and the like, no release is needed. You are not associating
the person (or property) with an endorsement.

Having said that, it is not always as cut and dried as I stated. As with
anything, there are gray areas. When in doubt, get a release. Generally,
artistic and editorial use does not need a release. Unless the photograph
is derogatory in nature.


At 08:10 AM 1/12/99 -0600, you wrote:
>I'm new to the group and have enjoyed the lively discussion for the past few 
>days. I don't currently own any Leica gear but will as soon as finances
>I have a question for the group. Do you regularly obtain model releases when 
>your photographs include recognizable people? If so, what is your style for 
>approaching potential subjects either before or after you make the photo?
>Lawyers and Professionals, please feel free to comment on the legal aspects 
>especially with regard to "Artistic" publications.