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    Question Model release Question #2

    You have an image of a person and you want to use it as the BG for your website or as the main image on your home page/splash page. Do you need a model release?
    Last edited by sk66; 01-12-2013 at 11:01 PM. Reason: spelling

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    What, no one is even willing to guess?

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    I'm not sure what BG is but regardless if it's your site or not I think you would need a model release from the model in question just to cover your own a.. If you don't have a release from the model in the photograph do you own the copyright of said photo?
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    I'm pretty sure you need a model release if you are to release and shots of your model; yes you need a model release. Or you can personally ask them as verbal contract is true to law.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redartsjr View Post
    I'm not sure what BG is but regardless if it's your site or not I think you would need a model release from the model in question just to cover your own a.. If you don't have a release from the model in the photograph do you own the copyright of said photo?
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    Yes, you own the copyright of any photo "legally" obtained. See the first question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TylerRandall View Post
    I'm pretty sure you need a model release if you are to release and shots of your model; yes you need a model release. Or you can personally ask them as verbal contract is true to law.
    As the saying goes, verbal contracts are as good as the paper they are written on. But you are correct in a way. In over half of the states a model release does not have to written, nor does it even have to be agreed to verbally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk66 View Post
    Yes, you own the copyright of any photo "legally" obtained. See the first question.
    I vote yes
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    BTW, BG means the background image for your website design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk66 View Post
    BTW, BG means the background image for your website design.
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    Voted maybe.

    Not enough info - a person who's just shooting for fun, using an image as a BG or as one rotating image in a fullscreen BG layout is no different than someone putting an image in a Flickr album.

    Depends on who the person is and their relation to the photographer. Family/friend or random person?

    If the photographer is a working pro, or aiming to be and selling their service, it's another matter.
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