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apletfx
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Posted Thu Jan 6, 2005 6:45PM
Not sure if this is new or if I have just been getting away with uploading my own model release this whole time.

In the old aggreement Photographers could supply a model release of thier own. And I have. Today I just got a rejection notice stating:

"Please supply an official istockphoto.com model release for this image so that we can process your image."

Do I have to get a model release specificly for istock now?
jamirae
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Posted Thu Jan 6, 2005 7:59PM
sounds like it.. but for the official word, you should email support.

here's the link to the iStock MR.

http://www.istockphoto.com/docs/modelrelease.pdf
dgilder
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Posted Thu Jan 6, 2005 9:09PM
I've been looking into the model release question recently, and there are few things that should be considered that most people probably don't. In a good model release, there is a section that states something along lines of the following excerpt from the iStockphoto model release:


For good and valuable consideration, the reciept and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged,



There is something critical (and often overlooked) that needs to be explained here. In most countries, in order for this model release to be valid legally, there must be some kind of valuable exchange. In the iStockphoto agreement, the model is acknowledging that they recieved something valuable at the time of signing (receipt) and that it was sufficient enough for the model to consider what they received as having value (sufficiency of the valuable concideration). This is in exchange for allowing you to photograph them. While many photographers currently offer models copies of the finished photos as valuable consideration, there is no way for the model to recieve those until after the shoot is finished and the photos have been processed. This opens the door for a challenge of the model release.

To properly cover yourself, you need to pay the model something at the time they sign the release, and the exchange should be witnessed by the person who signs the witness portion of the release. One possible way to do make your releases less challengeable is to do the following:


Pay the model a small amount in cash, and get a reciept from the model for the money.

Have them sign the release, acknowledging they recieved payment (the cash).

Have the release signed by a disinterested (won't gain anything valuable by the model participating in the photoshoot) witness.

Do the photoshoot, and then charge the model a fee in the same amount you previously paid them, in exchange for taking pictures of them.

Give the model a receipt for her payment (to you) for services rendered (taking the pictures of her).


This will make the model release much more difficult to challenge. While this is not as easy to explain when approaching strangers, it makes you much more secure against legal trouble.



To be even more secure, one additional step should be taken when a model signs a release. Have them hold up their drivers license ( or any kind of photo id), the signed release, and the copy of the reciept the model recieved, and then take a closeup photo that includes all the pieces. This will give you maximium protection, as you have a record of a) the model, b) proof of age, c) proof of identity, and d) proof of valuable exchange. Retain these photos with your collection of model releases, and you will be in very good shape should the photos ever be abused by someone you sold them to.

(Edited on 2005-01-06 09:24:29 by dgilder)
diane39
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Posted Thu Jan 6, 2005 9:25PM
I just got one too. Does this mean that all our old model releases are invalid now?
dgilder
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Posted Thu Jan 6, 2005 9:33PM
Bruce asked everyone to update their model releases awhile back. Its possible they have something that they definately need in the releases that wasn't in the prior version?
diane39
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Posted Thu Jan 6, 2005 9:36PM

Bruce asked everyone to update their model releases awhile back. Its possible they have something that they definately need in the releases that wasn't in the prior version?


I wish with something as important as this that we wouldn't have had to stumble over it in a forum thread. Maybe I missed an email?
dgilder
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Posted Thu Jan 6, 2005 9:44PM
I could be wrong on that, I'll see if I can find what I'm thinking I saw.
dgilder
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Posted Thu Jan 6, 2005 9:48PM
I believe this is the thread I was thinking of. It is from back in July, but I thought it was more recent for some reason.
apletfx
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Posted Fri Jan 7, 2005 12:07AM


Bruce asked everyone to update their model releases awhile back. Its possible they have something that they definately need in the releases that wasn't in the prior version?


I wish with something as important as this that we wouldn't have had to stumble over it in a forum thread. Maybe I missed an email?



I agree! The forum thing sux at times. I don't have all day to read the forums. and often times posts get burried very rapidly
absolut_100
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Posted Fri Jan 7, 2005 5:42AM
I believe this is the thread I was thinking of. It is from back in July, but I thought it was more recent for some reason.


There was another threat like one month ago or so in which Bruce announced new model release papers.
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