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

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Model Releases
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 1999 22:53:25 -0600

>For my two pennies, get a release if you are going to show the picture out
>side your darkroom.  If you make any gain from the photograph then it is a
>commercial useage and someone may take objection to their image being used
>to inrich solely your purse.  But remember it is not just people but
>property and in the case of Houston, TX., fireworks promoter their fireworks
>display( they lost but next time they may not).

That is not correct. I make money every day from the pictures I take, and
I've never done a release for a picture I've put in the paper. I have for
freelance jobs. The law is very clear, that you do not need releases for
editorial use. But then, you better be careful that that is all you're ever
going to use your pictures for. If not, get the release. Same with
fireworks. If you are on public land when you take the picture, and you
don't use it for commercial purposes (that does not mean if you make money
from it) then you are safe.

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

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