There is a recent trend among agencies to shift the legality requirement to the copyright holder who is sending the work to the agent, aka the photographer.
A lot of this is practical. The agent cannot certify that a model/property release is legal since the agent was not a witness to the proceedings of how it was obtained (proper signature, compensation, etc). Then there are trademark issues (as products get super savvy to commercial licensing globally) for the items contained in the images. For example photographers licensing stock pictures, or any commercial photo, cannot use identifiable Le Corbusier designed furniture (such as knock-off Barcelona chairs) nor those funny little air freshener pine trees in rear view mirrors (the kind that read "road trip" Americana). That's...
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