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Model and Property ReleasesIf your photo contains recognizable images of people or property, you will need to have a model or property release forms in order to sell your photo for commercial use (editorial use does not require releases).
To learn more about releases and how to submit them, use links below:
OverviewModel and property releases are the written agreements signed by models and property owners that permit photographers to commercially exploit photos of people and their property. Properly completed release forms have to be signed, and include the model/property owner name, date, address, and preferably e-mail.
For more in-depth information about releases, please visit the Stanford University website: the section about releases describes all aspects and issues related to this subject.
Model ReleasesModel releases are required for any recognizable and uniquely identifiable people on your photos that you are selling for commercial use. These photos also include self-portraits, photos of relatives, spouses, children, friends, celebrities, politicians, shots on the street, photos made in another country, etc. If your photo contains images of minors, release should be completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian on behalf of the minor.
Property ReleasesProperty releases are required for any recognizable and uniquely identifiable property (including your own) on your photos that you are selling for commercial use. Usually a property is a building, but it can also be an automobile, boat, or any unique item in a private owner's possession. Some parks, national reserves, and landmarks can also require permits to take photos or use photos taken there on the commercial basis. Please refer to our submission guidelines for further examples of properties and landmarks that may require written permission for commercial use licensing.
Getting Official ShutterPoint Release FormsDownload ShutterPoint blank release forms below. You will need to use Adobe Reader to open files.
Submitting ReleasesIf you have submitted a photo that requires a model or property release, scan the release form(s) and submit the form(s) online using Manage Model Releases and/or Manage Property Releases links under My Account. Please note that we no longer accept release forms over e-mail or fax.
Each form must be attached as one of the following file formats: PDF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, BMP - no other formats are accepted. Each form is to be used for one model or one property. Submit multiple forms when your images contains several models and/or properties.
If you submit new photos of the same model/property you have previously submitted a release for, you do not need to resend the form again. Simply use Manage Model Releases and/or Manage Property Releases links under My Account and assign additional photos to the same release forms.
The following form fields are required in a model/property release form. If you choose to use your own form instead of template provided by ShutterPoint, use this as your submission checklist:
Assigning Release FormsAfter you submit a release form, you can assign it to photos of the model or property the release form covers. These assignments can be done two ways:
Release ProcessingAfter you submit a release form, we review it, and if it is properly filled out, it gets approved. We also review all photo assignments to each release form - once the photos are approved to be assigned to a release form, we change the license to Commercial Use.
We try to process most release forms as soon as possible, however please allow us up to 5 business days for review. You can view the status of approvals by checking Manage Model Releases and/or Manage Property Releases pages under My Account.
Common Reasons Releases Get RejectedIf your release form did not get approved, all photos you may have assigned to it become "unreleased" and may lose their Commercial Use License. The release form will be available under your account as being rejected for a short period of time; however it will get automatically deleted since it cannot be used. Make sure to make corrections or properly fill out another form and resubmit it.
Common reasons a release form is not getting approved: