Las Vegas, NV asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Copyright and Intellectual Property for Nevada

Q: I asked a friend to participate in a professional glamor shoot which I booked and paid for. Who owns the prints ?

Also what rights do I have to use the photos ?


1 Lawyer Answer
Will Blackton
Will Blackton
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Raleigh, NC

A: If you took the photos, you own the rights to the photographs. If someone else took the photographs, look at your contract with the photographer.

Generally, a model release will specify the scope of what you can and cannot do with the photographs.

Did your friend sign a model release specifying what you can and cannot do with the photographs? If so, that model release would determine the scope of what you can do with the photographs. If your friend has not signed a model release in relation to those photographers, you should get them to sign one, and agree with you as to what you can do with the photographs.

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