Aerial Drone Photography& Videography

Forms

The following is for information purposes and for commercial release of pictures only. For editorial photographs, some exceptions apply. Contact us with any doubt.

Photographers are required by many websites such as Adobe, 123rf, Alamy, Corbis, Getty Images, iStockphoto, Shutterstock, and the likes, to attach special permissions called Model Release Form for people and Property Release Form for properties.

Model release form

WHEN IT IS REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A MODEL RELEASE

If the person is recognizable on both external and personal factors OR is depicted in a sexual way, a model release is required, even for close-ups, self-shots, and body art. The model release must include a copy of the model’s photo ID and a visual reference to verify that the model is an adult and how exactly looks like. The same rules apply for videos and voices. A model release is required for 1. any illustrations or vector artwork based on real people or body parts such as a photograph that includes a face printed on a t-shirt or a photo portrait on a wall; 2. for self-portraits; and, 3. when photographing one’s own child. Even when the photographer must print his name and sign twice: once as the artist and once as the parent or the model.

DOCUMENTS YOU HAVE TO PROVIDE US WITH

Mind that in some cases we may provide you with an online solution for you to digitally sign those papers. Contact us if unsure.

Make sure you have checked against the checklist before submission: Model Release Checklist [PDF, 106 KB]

  1. The release template from the Adobe Stock Contributor portal linked here: Model Release Form in English [PDF, 760 KB]
  2. A copy of the model’s ID on both sides (or the parent’s/guardian’s if it is the case).
  3. A visual reference (contact us if it is us to provide you with one).

HOW TO FILL IN THE MODEL RELEASE

  • Print all names in CAPITAL LETTERS.
  • The name of the photographer must be TREVOR JACKSON.
  • The company name LOST ART STUDIOS LLC must appear next to the photographer’s name.
  • If the model is under 18 years of age, the parent/legal guardian must sign, and in the best case—both parents: one as the parent or legal guardian and the other as the witness.
  • When photographing a group, we need the names and signatures of each person on a separate release.
  • The witness cannot be the model or the photographer. A signature from a witness is not required if you contact us so that we collect an electronic signature BEFORE the photo session.
  • All signatures must be dated and the dates must match.
  • Forms that are stitched together digitally are NOT acceptable.
  • Model Releases must be submitted as JPEGs and titles must be fewer than 30 characters long.

In some cases we are required to add additional details to our submissions, and may also need to amend the form with:

  • The ethnicity of the model.
  • Information about the date and location of the recording session.

The following is for information purposes and for commercial release of pictures only. For editorial photographs, some exceptions apply. Contact us with any doubt.

Property release form

WHEN IT IS REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A PROPERTY RELEASE

When we submit pictures containing recognizable places, buildings, or other property such as pets, automobiles, or artwork, we may be required to sign a legal form with the owner of the property or its legal representative that provides us with written permission to use them for commercial purposes. Without a release, photographs may be used for editorial purposes as previewed by the law.

Property types that may require a property release:

  • Famous landmarks, historic locations, and modern architecture
  • Copyrighted works like art, books, maps, fictional characters
  • Identifiable exterior or interior of private homes and buildings
  • Distinctive product shapes like toys, bottles, luxury furniture, vehicles, airplanes
  • Unique animals such as racehorses, famous pets, certain zoo animals
  • Properties with photography policies, which may include stadiums, museums, concert venues, amusement parks

DOCUMENTS YOU HAVE TO PROVIDE US WITH

Mind that in some cases we may provide you with an online solution for you to digitally sign those papers. Contact us if unsure.

Make sure you have checked against the checklist before submission: Property Release Checklist [PDF, 88 KB]

  1. Property Release form filled in and signed, downloadable here: Property Release Form in English [PDF, 840 KB]

HOW TO FILL IN THE PROPERTY RELEASE

  • Print all names in CAPITAL LETTERS.
  • The name of the photographer must be TREVOR JACKSON.
  • The company name LOST ART STUDIOS LLC must appear next to the photographer’s name.

SOME PROPERTY TYPES THAT NEED PROPERTY RELEASE

In the table below you will find some property types with their respective requirements for Property Release submission. For more information on subjects with intellectual property, privacy, and other photography restrictions, see Known image restrictions by Adobe Stock.

Photographing, filming, or illustrating a recognizable property, we may need a property release unless the property appears in a minor way and isn’t the main subject of the work. If we are to photograph in such a location, make sure we obtain that release first.

Some examples include:

  • A ticketed location (amusement park, museum, palace, theatre, or estate).
  • Distinctive homes or parts of homes (easily recognized by design or by the owner like Gaudi’s Casa Batlló in Barcelona).
  • Private property that is recognizable as a landmark or business (like the Burj Al Arab in Dubai).

When we don’t need a release
If we are to photograph generic houses and interiors that don’t have any identifiable features and generic street scenes and cityscapes without a single point of focus, we may not require such a release.

Famous buildings, landmarks, and historical monuments that are more than 120-years-old don’t require releases. However, if the structure has been modified, you must obtain one from the new architect. For example, the Eiffel Tower was built in 1889, but the light installation was added in 1985: daylight photography doesn’t require a release; nighttime photos do for it is recognized as an “artistic act.”

We need explicit permission from public transit systems to photograph or film on location. Also, like other products and services, most metro lines have trademarks and copyright protections on signage, maps, logos, route indicators, buildings, and more. To not remove all trademarks and copyright-protected items from the photos, videos, or illustrations before we submit them, we ask for a property release.

Any identifiable business or private property requires a property release. If we are to shoot in your restaurant for product photos, we require this release too. There are a few exceptions such as the New York Stock Exchange where only frontal depictions of NYSE are trademarked, so a building photograph from the side does not require a release.

We may not need a release for generic storefronts and signs that have been “scrubbed” (that is, recognizable names have been removed); a generic subway station with signs scrubbed; generic storefronts and signs scrubbed; a generic sign that has been scrubbed of identifying features.

Product designs are protected by various intellectual property laws. They include trademarks like logos and symbols as well as design elements like shapes, colors, and other identifiable characteristics. If your photo includes a logo or trademark you must scrub (remove) that object. Some products and identifiable packaging cannot be the main subject of a photograph OR cannot appear in our content at all (see Adobe’s Known image restrictions).

Examples of products that require a property release, even without logos, because they’re universally recognizable:

  • Rubik’s Cube
  • Red Cross
  • Christian Louboutin red-bottomed shoes
  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • Apple devices
  • Lego and Duplo building sets and figures
  • Crayola products
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Academy Award or “Oscar” statuette
  • UPS uniform (because even without logos, it’s still recognizable by its brown color)

For works of art and artifacts including those you’d find in a museum or a gallery, you need permission from the artist or the estate where the works are held and consult the entity’s rules about photography restrictions. Modern artwork, including murals and sculptures located in public spaces, must be accompanied by a property release: even when you are the artist submitting an image of your own artwork, a property release is required. If the art is not recognizable, no property release is required.

Graffiti and street art may be subject to copyright, so you need a release from the artist and/or building owner. If, however, the graffiti or street art is not used as a backdrop or main subject/foreground of the photo, then no release is required. If there are identifiable people posing on the graffiti and street art, individual model releases are necessary.

Tattoos are works of art, so you must consider the prominence of a tattoo’s display and the content of the tattoo itself. You don’t need a release if the tattoo isn’t the main focus of the photo. However, a property release is required in these cases:

  • The tattoo is close up and the primary focus.
  • The tattoo depicts celebrities.
  • The tattoo’s subject is trademarked or copyrighted (for example, a logo or character).
  • If a person is identifiable by their tattoos, any photo of a person with tattoos requires a model release of that person even if their face is not part of the image or it is the very tattoo artist: property release and model releases of both the artist and the customer are required.

Every country has its own stipulations when depicting currency. Adobe rejects any images containing reproductions of currency where more than 75% of banknotes are visible in the image.

Animals and pets don’t usually need property releases except for famous pets such as Grumpy Cat, Tyson the skateboarding bulldog, or Boo the Pomeranian. You also need property releases for zoo animals. No release is required for unidentifiable animals.

 

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