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Do I need a release for a photo of someone I took in public?
Should I get a release even if the person is unrecognizable?
Is a release necessary if I make a profit selling a photo of aperson?
Do I need releases for photos of buildings?
Are releases necessary for pictures of people from othercountries?
I took a lot of pictures as a hobby, and now I want to sellthem. Do I need releases for all my people pictures?
If I have no plans for a photo when I take it, should I get arelease anyway?
Does it make a difference if the subject was paid to be in thepicture?
Give yourself one point for "Yes," and two points for "No." Infact, make it three points. If you scored higher than zero, youhave a lot to learn about model releases, because you can't answerthese questions without more information. How will the photo beused? By whom? Can the subject be associated with an idea, product,or service? Until you know that, the question of releases can't beanswered.
As the photographer, you need to understand your buyer'sconcerns in order to make savvy decisions about how you market yourphotos and to whom. Here's how to make money from all your photos,whether or not they have releases, by understanding the businessaspects of the law.