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Friday March 29, 2013
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Getty Images Model and Property Releases

At Getty Images we have developed a range of model and property releases for our photographers and filmmakers to use when supplying their images to us. These are now available for all photographers to download and use. We currently have releases available in 23 languages, starting here.

At the end of this article we have also listed those release apps for mobile platforms (smartphones, tablets, etc.) that we have reviewed and approved. See Mobile Apps


Why use a release?
For any image to be available for commercial use a release is required for any recognizable people or property in the image.
A release is a written permission from an individual or property owner allowing the use of that person's likeness or property (for example, a private home, a place of business, a copyrighted work of art, or in some cases, an animal) in an image for commercial purposes. (Generally speaking, commercial use means a use that is intended to sell a product, raise money or promote or endorse something.) Right-to-privacy, right-to-publicity (in the case of celebrities), trademark, and copyright laws require that you have releases if the images are to be used for commercial purposes.

Benefits of using Model and Property Releases:
Getty Images model and property releases are designed to clearly indicate that the model or property representative grants his or her permission to use his or her likeness or property for commercial uses. This legally binding document helps models, photographers and the client or end user of the image by ensuring that each is aware of what has been agreed to.

Our releases are designed:
    - For ease of use with clear, everyday language
    - To be legally binding
    - To be irrevocable
    - Containing clear reference to pornographic and defamation exclusions
    - To include definitions for clarity
    - With a global standard for consistency, with the exception of France, which has specific requirements (see explanation on the French model and property release page)*
    - To relinquish further claims by a model/owner, including all claims to further payments

How to complete the releases
The Model release should include:

    - Model's name, contact details and signature: we strongly advise obtaining the model's phone number and e-mail address should contacting the model later becomes necessary
    - A Polaroid photo, spare transparency or print of the model attached to the Release
    - Name of photographer
    - Date
    - Consideration: while we do not provide for listing the specific consideration on the release, we highly recommend the photographer keep a receipt/record of whatever that valuable consideration was as proof of the exchange.
    - Minor Releases: information should be provided by the legal guardian of the minor model and must always be signed by the legal guardian, not the minor
    - Ethnicity: Presented as optional to the model, these fields capture information that if used as keywords associated with the images should add greater marketability to them
    - Shoot Ref: may be excluded if you don't use shoot references to organize and locate your original releases (all original releases should stay with the photographer, but be easily retrieved if necessary)
    - Witness: Optional but strongly recommended.


The Property release should include:
    - Information provided by the authorized signatory for that property. Information on what property is being released (i.e. the private home, the statue that is protected by copyright). Only one information box need be completed depending on whether the authorized signatory is an individual or a corporation
    - Witness: Optional but strongly recommended.
    - Any other relevant info as per the model release above

NB: The releases and the information provided on this page are consistent with Getty Images practices and policies, and in no way constitute legal advice.

English
Model Release
Property Release

Arabic
Model Release
Property Release

Brazilian Portuguese
Model Release
Property Release

Cambodian (Khmer)
Model Release
Property Release

Chinese (Simplified)
Model Release
Property Release

Chinese (Taiwan)
Model Release
Property Release

Danish
Model Release
Property Release

European Portuguese
Model Release
Property Release

Finnish
Model Release
Property Release

French
Model Release (standard-outside France)
Property Release (standard-outside France)
Must Use for French Models or Property photographed in France:
Model Release (Photographed in France)
Property Release (Photographed in France)

German
Model Release
Property Release

Hindi
Model Release
Property Release

Icelandic
Model Release
Property Release

Italian
Model Release
Property Release

Japanese
Model Release
Property Release

Korean
Model Release
Property Release

Malay
Model Release
Property Release

Norwegian
Model Release
Property Release

Polish
Model Release
Property Release

Russian
Model Release
Property Release

Spanish
Model Release
Property Release

Swedish
Model Release
Property Release

Tagalog
Model Release
Property Release

Thai
Model Release
Property Release

Vietnamese
Model Release
Property Release



Mobile Apps

We are happy to report that we will now accept model and property releases generated electronically by approved iPhone/iPad applications with one exception: we cannot accept app-generated releases from CHINA.

For clarity and provided you are using an approved app:
  • we will accept a valid Chinese language release generated and signed by models outside of China and,
  • an image with a valid model release generated outside of China can still be licensed in China.

We will continue to review apps as they become available, so please check back frequently as we update this page.

NOTE: As our form releases change from time to time, please be aware that you will continue to be responsible for insuring that the application you use to generate releases uses the correct release version in effect at the time of submission.

Currently, we will accept releases that are created using the following applications
(only the specified version of the applications have been approved for Getty Images submission purposes):

Update: Added new provider VMRelease.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad:
ASMP Releases App version 1.2
Easy Release version 3.0.130926
iD Release version 1.1.0
Top Model Release version 1.0.5
VMRelease version 1.2
LeaseMe version 2.2


Android
Easy Release version 1.8.130516

It is very important that you are open and clear in explaining that you would like the model or property owner to sign a release in order to make images depicting that person or property available for commercial uses. To help you understand and explain the releases in more detail, we've prepared a Release Tip Sheet to guide you in requesting releases.

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