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In photography or filmmaking, there are two distinct parties: those who work in front of the camera and those who work behind it. Those who work behind the camera-typically a photographer or filmmaker-need to know that they have permission to use the images they capture. At the same time, those who spend their time in front of the camera-such as models-need assurances that images of them are not used in ways for which they were not intended. Having a model release will clarify each party's rights and will list all permitted (and prohibited) uses of the images. From the photographer's perspective, a model release allows one to take and use images of someone (or of his or her property) for business purposes that range from publication in a magazine to use in advertisement, promotions, or film. A good release will include many stipulations, chief among them a description of the image, limits on how the image can be used, and payments for the use. The release should also include the model's release of claims against the photographer for the photographer's use of the image. LegalZoom has created a straightforward Model Release for adults, which will address the concerns of parties on both sides of the camera. Download and begin using the Model Release today.
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