What is a model release and where can I learn more about it.

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In the United States, a model release is a written document a model gives to a photographer which waives certain rights the model already holds without a release. A model's position is generally stronger without a model release. The purpose of a model release is to protect the photographer against future lawsuits a model might file for claims such as invasion of privacy or defamation. A model release does not protect the model. A model release does not address things such as payment or when a model should get images. Those things are best addressed in a separate shooting agreement. For more information:

What is a model release

http://www.asmp.org/commerce/legal/releases/

Adult Model Release
http://www.asmp.org/commerce/legal/releases/custom_forms/customize.php?fname=AdultModelRel

Model Release for minors
http://www.asmp.org/commerce/legal/releases/custom_forms/customize.php?fname=MinorModelRel

Property Release
http://www.asmp.org/commerce/legal/releases/custom_forms/customize.php?fname=PropRel