Originally Posted by isaiahbrink
I have consulted with 3 attorney's on this very issue already, and gotten the information that I need to cover my butt, and Jimmy, I KNOW you have had yours covered for many moons, and really, what has really changed?
Don't know what the attorneys advised you and I'm sure they gave you good advice, but here's what people need to do to CYA themselves:
If you post images that fall under 2257 on a website, or you make them commercially available, or publish them elsewhere, there needs to be a notice on the website (or other media) stating who the custodian of records is--most likely you, the photographer, as you're the primary producer--and where the records are kept.
In a nutshell, you need to keep the following info and make it available for no-notice inspections. Remember, this is in addition to any model release you might have the model sign. BTW, if the images are captured in a work-for-hire situation, you (the photographer) are probably not the primary producer and the 2257 compliance is the responsibility of whoever hired you.
* Legible copy, e.g.,photo of model holding IDs up to her face, photo of IDs by themselves, copy machine copies, of model's identification: A drivers license, passport, or other government issued ID. (Better to have model provide two forms of ID)
* Model's name, address, DOB
* All model's aliases that he/she reveals
* Copy of each image that is pressed under 2257's thumb.
* Record of any and all websites, publications, etc where the images are published.
* All above info cross-referenced or indexed in almost every and any way you can think to cross-reference it.
Here's a great book that covers everything you want to know about 2257 (as it applies to photographers) but were afraid to ask.
A Photographers Guide to Section 2257