Model Release, MODEL RELEASES, yes you HAVE TO HAVE MODEL RELEASES!

Apologies in advance on the repetition here, but I seem to get this question ALL the time. People want to know if they have to HAVE  to get model releases from:

A. People in public

B. People who do not speak english (or your native tongue)

C. Remote people groups who are unfamiliar with technology etc.

In short the simple answer is Yes, Yes and Yes.  That is unless your image has some editorial value.  If it does have editorial value upload these images as editorial only!

OK, so what do you DO if you find yourself having a hard time getting a model release? Well, this is where you have to TRY the best you can.  Some thoughts are:

A. Don’t be afraid to ask, be bold and try your best

B. Use an interpreter

C. Use some body language tactics to explain in any way you can.

At any rate you want the person you are communicating with to UNDERSTAND what they are signing, we never want to deceive someone about using their likeness, esp. for profit.

Much Love!

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