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Old 07-29-2005, 10:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone have a simple photographer copyright release that I can give to a model after a TFP/TFCD shoot?

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Copyright release? Why are you giving up your copyright? Do you mean just a model release?

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Old 07-29-2005, 01:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Because I'm doing a TFCD shoot and I want the young lady to be able to use them elsewhere or get them printed herself. We are both just starting out and do not wish to incurr any MORE expenses (especially me) than I absolutely have to (such as printing costs).
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Then you use a model release that gives her the right to use the imagesfor self promotion. There is no reason to give up your copyright. I assume you are shooting digital...If you were shooting film would you give her the negatives? Use a standard tfcd model release and specify on it that she can print the images if she wants. No reason to give up your copyright.
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I guess that's what I'm asking for then. Most labs will not print the digital images unless there is a signed "release" from the photographer. Maybe I shouldn't have used the word copyright. That is what I've seen it referred to at some low end labs like wal-mart. I simply don't want her to have any issues getting her images printed wherever she chooses to get them printed.
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Don\'t confuse model and copyright
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Tony's asking for the right document. The model release is proably the WRONG place to do a copyright release / assignment. The model release allows you to use the model's likeness. You need to provide the model with the right to use the images you provide.

By giving a copyright release you're not selling or assigning the copyright away. You're just licensing it for a specific use. Just like you do in a commercial shoot when you license the client to use the images. Generally, the client doesn't own the copyright - unless that was agreed upon up front and part of the pricing.

Here's the simple statement I provide to the model with the CD:

"You are authorized to print images from the CD and use them for self promotion in a hard copy (print) book or electronically on web-based portfolios. You are not authorized to make copies for sale or to release the images for advertising."

This is provided in an e-mail with the model's name on it so that she can show this to a lab if she wants someone to print images. I've never had a complaint.

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Actually... If I give someone a copyright release, by definition I am turning over my copyright to them. He wants to give them a specific usage of these images. That is very different then releasing the copyright. My TFCD release gives the models the rights to use the images but in most cases I require that they get the prints from me at my cost so that I know they are printed properly. On the rare occassions that I send a file to a model to print it themselves, I include a statement about like yours so that they can print it. That is NOT a release of the copyright. It is a right to print the image for a specific purpose. There is a very big difference.

A license to use is very different then a copyright release as I understand it from my attorney.
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I e-mailed you the partial waiver of copyright form I use to allow the model to print photos and use them on her web site.
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Uh, any chance you could post that? I'd like a copy as well.

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"You are authorized to print images from the CD and use them for self promotion in a hard copy (print) book or electronically on web-based portfolios. You are not authorized to make copies for sale or to release the images for advertising."

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I like the way you phrased that, but I would add something about allowing usage on zed cards, OR remove the word "book", simply because by allowing "hard copy prints" you include Zed cards.

I have similar language on a form I use, but I also make the model sign it and keep a copy for myself, so I have her signature acknowleding her limited usage license. (When I do slides, I also include a time frame for them to return the slides to me, along with a count of how many slides they took).

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