Scarsdale, NY asked in Copyright, Business Law and Communications Law for New York

Q: I want to publish a book showing the work of tattooists. They provide the picss. Do I need model releases. Many are old.

3 Lawyer Answers
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
Answered
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Yes, you absolutely need to see the releases.

Barry Eran Janay and Will Blackton agree with this answer

Donovan A Rodriques
Donovan A Rodriques
Answered
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Not only should you obtain model releases, you ought to also obtain license from the photographer(s) and clearance for the artwork depicted in the pics.

Barry Eran Janay and Will Blackton agree with this answer

Jonathan R. Roth
Jonathan R. Roth
Answered

A: Yes, as well as releases from the photographer. The tattoo artist may have a written consent from the customer if he has the pictures, ask them if they do and get a copy.

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