can someone review this release form?

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  1. EASmithV

    EASmithV Member

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    A friend of mine sent me his model release form so that I can use it for my own use. It looks great to me, however, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions or comments on it before I went ahead and used it. I might also document the model holding their ID on digital as well to add to my record of them, but some situations may not make that possible...

    Let me know what you think!

     
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    I wouldn't sign it!

    It gives rights to the photographer for any pictures that they might take in the future and to use them in any way they whatsoever. If I was a professional model I would want some protection of my reputation.
     
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    I agree. I think that there should be a line that says something like "photograph(s) taken on [such a date]" or "photograph(s)taken between [such a date] and [such a date]."
    (Leaving a large enough blank like to write in whatever dates are needed.)

    I would also put down how much the photographer paid the person.

    The point for any contract should be to make a document that both parties can use as a reference so that they know "who" is responsible for "what" and "when."
    Should either party have a question, they have something to refer to.

    Contracts are meant to keep people OUT OF trouble but so many people seem to use contracts as if they were setting a trap for somebody. :sad:
     
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    Plus, extremely one sided contract doesn't always stand up in court either.... (if it gets that far)
     
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    I always get stuck on this topic, which seems standard in these kinds of agreements: "...and for other good and valuable consideration herein
    acknowledged as received,..." Where does the agreement specifiy any good and valuable consideration that was received?
     
  8. MattKing

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    This is designed to create an estoppel argument - so that people cannot later come back with the argument that is essentially: "I didn't get anything for this, so the release isn't binding".

    If there is any benefit to the model (including publicity) that is probably enough.
     
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    If it important to you, pay a lawyer to review or revise it. You usually get your moneys worth with free legal advise. JMHO
     
  10. Steve Smith

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    If I was a model (which thankfully for everyone else, I am not) I would want to review all of the images and only sign a release for those which I was happy with.


    Steve.
     
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    Absolutely...don't dabble in important legal stuff, it's a recipe for disaster. Leave it to the professionals. (No, I'm not a lawyer,
    nor connected with the legal profession. :smile: )