A release, also known as a Models Release, is a simple yet important document that gives the video producer and all involved in creating the video project the rights to use the video content without compensation, or no further compensation, if paid, to the people appearing the in the video or photo. A talent contract may also be used to show a one-time payment in a certain amount. Either document must be signed and dated by the participant. If under 18, then the parent or guardian must sign and date as the responsible party for the participant. The sample below taken from https://VideoUniversity.com.
Whereas, ______________ (the “Producer”) is engaged in a project (the “Video”), and
Whereas, I, the undersigned, have agreed to appear in the Video, and
Whereas, I understand that my voice, name, and image will be recorded by various mechanical and electrical means of all descriptions (such recordings, any piece thereof, the contents therein and all reproductions thereof, along with the utilization of my name, shall be collectively referred to herein as the “Released Subject Matter”),
Therefore, in exchange for $1.00, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged and whose sufficiency as consideration I affirm, I hereby freely and without restraint consent to and give unto the Producer and its agents or assigns or anyone authorized by the Producer, (collectively referred to herein as the “Releasers”) the unrestrained right in perpetuity to own, utilize, or alter the Released Subject Matter, in any manner the Releasers may see fit and for any purpose whatsoever, all of the foregoing to be without limitation of any kind. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, I hereby authorize the Releasers and grant unto them the unrestrained rights to utilize the Released Subject Matter in connection with the Video’s advertising, publicity, public displays, and exhibitions. I hereby stipulate that the Released Subject Matter is the property of the Producer to do with, as it will.
I hereby waive to the fullest extent that I may lawfully do so, any causes of action in law or equity I may have or may hereafter acquire against the Releasers or any of them for libel, slander, invasion of privacy, copyright or trademark violation, right of publicity, or false light arising out of or in connection with the utilization by the Releasers or another of the Released Subject Matter.
It is my intention that the above-mentioned consideration represents the sole compensation that I am entitled to receive in connection with any and all usages of the Released Subject Matter. I expressly stipulate that the Releasers may utilize the Released Subject Matter or not as they choose in their sole discretion without affecting the validity of this Release. This Release shall be governed by (Virginia) law. Use the appropriate or desired state for governance.
I hereby certify that I am over the age of eighteen, and that I have read, understood, and agreed to the foregoing.
The following attributes would be included at the end of the Release formatted to allow for the information to fit in a predetermined space.
Printed Name, Signature, Date, Street Address, City, State, Zip, and Phone Number.
NOTE that the “models or actors” in your video may have volunteered their time, so you would modify this Release to state so.