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How Model Releases Protect Your Business


Savvy content creators always obtain video model release forms and release forms for other models. These can also include the necessary information for compliance with 18 USC 2257 if your are using models for adult material.

A standard model release form example is available for purchase here. An 18 USC 2257 compliance set of legal forms for adult content and models by the author is available for purchase here.



 

VIDEO MODEL RELEASES, PHOTOGRAPHY MODEL RELEASES, AND OTHERS

 


Model releases for video and other models ensure that the model states that:

 


  • She or he is aware of the nature of her employment

  • She or he waives all rights the materials and transfers all ownership to the producer

  • She or he consents to use of her name, image, voice

  • She or hehe is over 18 (be sure to get and retain proper proof of age)

  • She or he releases all claims against the producer/distributor

Without a model release, a model has a host of possible claims against the content creator and anyone distributing or using the content. These could include the following:

  • Violation of her rights of publicity, which cover the use of any person's image, voice, likeness or name in a commercial endeavor

  • Violation of his rights of privacy, which prohibit the use of private information or images of any person

  • Claims of being unaware of the age requirements or nature of the work, or use of the content

  • Claims of misuse of the content

  • Claims of libel or slander by the model regarding the content

  • Trademark claims if the model's name is famous enough to merit trademark status



  Conclusion
 


Model release forms are a good start in your business. It is equally important to use the correct contractor and/or service level agreements to be sure that you own the work product produced by any persons you hire as contractors.


Be smart and use model release forms. These can also include the necessary information for compliance with 18 USC 2257 if your are using models for adult material. A standard model release form example is available for purchase here. An 18 USC 2257 compliance set of legal forms for adult content and models by the author is available for purchase here.


Readers are cautioned not to rely on this article as legal advice as it is no substitution for a consultation with an attorney in your jurisdiction. Based on jurisdiction and time, the law varies and changes.

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