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Model Release Standards FAQ

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Posted Fri Sep 11, 2009 7:49AM
We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions since the release of our updated policy on model release standards for iStockphoto. Please read the iStockphoto Photography Standards: Model Releases article first as it has the most complete information on what is required.

In a nutshell:

Q: What is the change in policy that started on September 1?
A: Files needing a model release that have been created after September 1 need to specify a shoot date on the release. Files created before September 1 do not need to specify a shoot date. If you have older shots with older model releases that you haven't uploaded yet, you can still upload them after September 1st.

Q: Do I need to specify that they were shot prior to Sep 1?
A: Additional information entered into the Description field is helpful to the inspection team. Please check to make sure it is removed from that field after acceptance.

Q: Can I use a single release and just add new shoot dates to it each time?
A: You cannot add new dates to an old release. Not even if everyone signs it again. A new release should be created each shoot. You can use a small date range, so for example 'July 27-30th 2009' in the shoot description. However this has to be a small time frame, where 1 shoot extends over several days. You cannot use this to cover weeks or months of shooting.

Q: When can the contributor sign and date the release?
A: Any date before or after the model and witness sign and date.

Q: When does the model have to sign and date the release?
A: Any date before or after the shoot date.

Q: When does the witness have to sign and date the release?
A: At the same date as the model. The witness must witness the model signing and therefore the dates for the witness and model signatures must be the same. The witness does not have to witness the photographer or videographer signing.

Q: in case of group shots is there anything wrong with models witnessing releases of other models (not their own)?
A: No.

Q: Do I need a release for self-portraits?
A: Yes.

Q: Do self-portrait releases require a witness?
A: No, witness is not required for a self-portrait.

Q: Do self-portrait releases require a shoot date?
A: No, catch all releases for self-portraits of you (the contributor) are OK.

Q: So all new releases, even non-istock releases, must contain photographer signatures and shoot dates?
A: Yes.

Q: Is the date of birth field required?
A: Yes. For those models that are obviously over 18, a DOB such as 1956 or May 76 is acceptable.

Q: What are all the required fields?
A: The email, ethnicity and visual reference sections of the release are optional. Everything else is required.

Q: Can we use the Getty release?
A: Yes.

Q: I've replaced the istock info at the top of the form with my Studio's name and logo. No changes to the other wording on the release has been done - is this ok?
A: Yes.

(Edited on 2009-09-11 12:46:13 by sylvanworks)

(Edited on 2009-09-29 04:35:25 by sylvanworks)
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Posted Tue Sep 29, 2009 4:21AM
For Self Portraits

To help you help the inspection team realize they are looking at a model release of the actual contributor please enter:

Self portraits – catch all date release allowed

Into both the Shoot Date and Shoot Description fields.

Please resubmit the release if it gets rejected only for not having a shoot date. Reminder: Self portrait release do not require a witness either.

(Edited on 2009-09-29 04:22:42 by sylvanworks)
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