Model releases for people in a public place that can't be recognised?

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Jul 31, 2022 Jul 31, 2022

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Hi, just wondering if model releases are required for people in a public area that couldn't be recognized anyway. I'm attaching an example of what I mean.  

Thank you, very much

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Jul 31, 2022 Jul 31, 2022

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The answer is no. If they are not recognizable, you do not need a release.

Your photo is underexposed. If I lighten the photo, will the people still be unrecognizable?

If the answer is no, then you will need a release.  

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Jul 31, 2022 Jul 31, 2022

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The theory is - no, not if they are not recognisable. But that includes the question: could this person - the accidental model - recognise themselves? Perhaps from the combination of location, clothes, situation? For example people have submitted pictures of a fisherman by a river, from the back - but a fisherman will know every inch of the river, and will know themselves, will probably the remember the day and what they caught. Similarly, if it is 3 people walking in a recognisable place, the people in the group might remember the moment, and the outfits that day. In your picture, I think the main question would be about the person standing in the centre. They are in a recognisable place, with some kind of patterned outfit, doing something specific. Personally, I wouldn't take the chance.

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Jul 31, 2022 Jul 31, 2022

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I really think @Test Screen Name and @Ralph Lear really nailed it.  The only thing I'll add is that if I were in this photo, I'd recognize myself.  There are recognizable features to these people when zooming in


George F, Fine Art Landscape Photographer

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Get in the habit of carrying model & property release forms with you when you travel.  It's best to be prepared with forms when needed than not.  😉

 

 

Nancy O'Shea, Product User & Community Expert
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