I just want to share in this blog one way to shoot people oriented stock photo without needing a model release form. For those who are new to stock photography, any photo with recognizable persons in it must have an accompanying model release form or else it can be sold only for editorial use.
This should not be considered true in all cases. It is still prudent to look at each photo you take and decide if a release is needed. The key is not whether you can see the individual's face but rather if they are recognizable. For example, if you shoot someone's hands and they have a unique birthmark or feature that they could later claim makes them identifiable, ie. the hands in the photo are theirs and no one else then a release is needed. The same principle applies to property releases.
And for the record a model release has nothing to do with whether the model is paid or not.
well, actually, you are all wrong. For to take a picture of someone in public for commercial use (exception is newspapers - i.e. in the public interest) you are impinging their article 5 rights to Privacy upon which they can attatch a claim for negligence. Models receive payment for hand work; why should this person not as iullustrated in the above pic?
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