Model & Property Releases

Thursday March 30, 2017

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

Required fields for property releases are:
  • Description of what property is being released, either the physical or intellectual property (i.e. the private home, the artwork that is protected by copyright).
  • Address of property being released.
  • Property Owner/Authorized Signatory printed name, authorization details where applicable (Only one information box needs to be completed depending on whether the authorized signatory is an individual or a corporation).
  • Property Owner/Authorized Signatory signature.
  • Date Signed.
  • Property Owner/Authorized Signatory contact information: phone number and email address.
    Witness: Optional but strongly recommended.
  • Contributor's printed name and dated signature.
  • Shoot date.
  • Shoot description.

    Optional, but strongly recommended fields for property releases are:
  • Witness: Optional but strongly recommended.

    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 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 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 version 3.2.161114 - for purchase

    Android
    Easy Release version 3.2.161114 - for purchase
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