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A LegalZoom Model Release for Minors gives you:

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    A detailed release protects the photographer or filmmaker from all claims based on the use of the images.

  • Do's & Don'ts

    Learn what specific terms and conditions that relate to minors should be included in the release.

  • Detailed Instructions

    Learn how to understand the terms of your model release.

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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 child or teen 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 a minor (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.

If a photographer is planning to employ a child or teen model under the age of 21, a Model Release for Minors will need to be signed to protect the rights and interests of all parties involved regarding the terms of employment and use of the model's image.

The Model Release for Minors is intended to address the rights and interests of all parties: the "Photographer", the "Minor" (the model, who is under 21 years of age), and the "Guardian" (the parent or legal guardian of the model being employed). This Release also grants the "Guardian" the ability and authority to sign the release on behalf of the "Minor". In addition, a potential employer should always review specific state laws regarding contracting with a minor and parental consent. LegalZoom has created a straightforward Model Release for Minors, which will address the concerns of parties on both sides of the camera. Download and begin using it today.

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