Model & Property Releases

Tuesday July 10, 2018

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 releases

Model Releases

Please use the model release checklist to learn how to complete your model releases.

Property Releases

Please use the property release checklist to learn how to complete your property releases.

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
NOTE: New MR version with notice of minor documentation requirement. See this article for full details.
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 (outside of France)
Property Release (standard-outside France)
Must Use for French Models or Property photographed in France:
Model Release (inside of 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 mobile applications.

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 ensuring 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):

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad:
Easy Release

Android
Easy Release
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