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photo release form

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ThriceNightly, 7 Jun 2010.

  1. ThriceNightly

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 30 Nov 2003

    Posts: 2,284

    I recently attended a group physio/ rehabilitation session (to do with a chronic knee condition) This is at a private physio company at the cost of my employer.

    This time, I noticed a photographer was taking close-up pictures of the session. Being a shy type of individual I would have preferred not to have my photo taken but the physios asked if we minded and at the time I said along with other members of the group that it was ok.

    I noticed as the session went along that I appeared to be the photogs main subject along with the female physio I was working with. When I questioned at the end of the session I was advised that the photo's are for a "company brochure".

    Have now received a photo release form from the company which states

    I grant ******** the right to take photograps of me, and to copyright, use and publish the same in print and/ or electronically.

    I agree that ********* may use such photographs of me with or without my name and for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising and website content.


    To sign or not to sign...that is the question?
     
    Last edited: 7 Jun 2010
  2. Longbow

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 15 Jan 2004

    Posts: 9,532

    You mean use you as a model without paying?
     
  3. JBuk

    Capodecina

    Joined: 28 Nov 2002

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    Location: Cumbria

    Sign if you want to, or don't sign if you don't want to

    simple enough tbh
     
  4. Lydzor

    Hitman

    Joined: 19 Apr 2007

    Posts: 781

    I'd rather know what the photos were being used for, especially if I wasn't being paid for their use.
     
  5. Amp34

    Caporegime

    Joined: 25 Jul 2005

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    Location: Canada

    Either way it's technically not remotely legal. The photographer can do whatever the hell he likes with the image under UK law... ;)

    It's essentially him being courteous, or him not understanding the law properly...
     
  6. ThriceNightly

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 30 Nov 2003

    Posts: 2,284

    Part of me says whats the harm.......

    However the images are for commercial use and if I sign release I have no personal control over where they will end up......especially if they end up on the companies web site which I would imagine is quite likely.
     
  7. JBuk

    Capodecina

    Joined: 28 Nov 2002

    Posts: 11,069

    Location: Cumbria

    THEY'RE GOING TO USE THEM AS THE FACE OF THE BNP
     
  8. Hotwired

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 17 Aug 2009

    Posts: 8,511

    I had to sign a few of those before and after jaw surgery with the NHS.

    Different wording though, was more of a release for possible educational/reference publishing. Didn't mind, the pictures were close ups of my mouth.


    Oh hang on, yours had nothing to do with the treatment. Um... up to you?
     
  9. ThriceNightly

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 30 Nov 2003

    Posts: 2,284

    :eek: exactly my concern...once they end up on the net, sold off as library pictures etc etc.....who knows where they will end up.

    i'm leaning towards not signing at the moment though need to make decision tommorrow
     
  10. Amp34

    Caporegime

    Joined: 25 Jul 2005

    Posts: 28,867

    Location: Canada

    As I said before, even if you don't sign there is no law stopping him just sticking it up on a stock library if he wanted to. You have no control over it in British Law.

    If the photo is used in an inapropriate way (say it was an advertisement for aids) then you could probably get a lot of recompence from the advertising company that used it.
     
  11. jas72

    Capodecina

    Joined: 31 Jul 2006

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    Location: Belgium land of chocolate

    I thought it was only if you were photographed in a public place that there were no issues. If your in a private physio session and choose to say no hmm.

    :confused:
     
  12. TheBigCheese

    Mobster

    Joined: 6 Sep 2005

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    I can't say it's definitely law but it's generally considered that if a person is shown to be doing something in a photograph that promotes a product or service then the company wanting to use the picture will require a model release from those in the photo.

    That dodges the bullet of any potential lawsuits down the line where someone can say they have been misrepresented.
     
  13. growse

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Ironing

    Not quite true. Photographer can't necessarily use photos of people for commercial purposes without their permission. Just because you own the copyright of an image doesn't give you a carte blanch to publish it for any purpose.