What is a model release?
A model release grants the right to a photographer to publish a picture of participants likeness. It is illegal to publish any portraits of recognizable people without a proper signed model release. Every Participant is required to sign a Model Release. Participants need to sign to have their pictures and/or video interviews published and used on any platform or media for the promotion of SignMyCar! and Severine Dehon Photography. A copy of the model release required to be signed can be found below.
Why do I have to sign a waiver?
Yes, you must. It is a necessity in the US. Many states and cities have strict photography rules that require the photographer to have written consent to publish pictures, even on social medias. Having a signed waiver ensures that SignMyCar! respects all federal, state and city laws.
All participants are required to sign the following permission for photography:
For valuable consideration received, I hereby grant the following rights and permissions to Séverine Dehon Photography, LLC ("Photographer"), his/her heirs, legal representatives, and assigns, those for whom Photographer is acting, and those acting with his/her authority and permission. They have the irrevocable, perpetual and unrestricted right and permission to take, use, re-use, publish, and republish photographic portraits or video recordings of me or in which I may be included, in whole or in part, or composite or distorted in character or form, without restriction as to changes or alterations, in conjunction with my own or a fictitious name, or reproductions thereof in color or otherwise, made through any medium at his/her studios or elsewhere, and in any and all media now or hereafter known, specifically including but not limited to print media and distribution over the internet for illustration, promotion, art, editorial, advertising, trade, or any other purpose whatsoever.
I specifically consent to the digital compositing or distortion of the portraits or pictures, including without restriction any changes or alterations as to color, size, shape, perspective, context, foreground or background. I also consent to the use of any published matter in conjunction with such photographs. I hereby waive any right that I may have to inspect or approve the finished product or products and the advertising copy or other matter that may be used in connection with them or the use to which they may be applied.
I hereby release, discharge, and agree to hold harmless Photographer, his/her heirs, legal representatives, and assigns, and all persons acting under his/her permission or authority or those for whom he/she is acting, from any liability by virtue of any blurring, distortion, alteration, optical illusion, or use in composite form, whether intentional or otherwise, that may occur or be produced in the taking of such photographs or in any subsequent processing of them, as well as any publication of them, including without limitation any claims for libel or violation of any right of publicity or privacy.
I hereby warrant that I am of full age and have the right to contract in my own name. I have read the above authorization, release, and agreement, prior to its execution, and I am fully familiar with the contents of this document. This document shall be binding upon me and my heirs, legal representatives, and assigns.
Descriptions of the photographs being used: portraits with the car-to-be-signed and pictures from photo essay.