Redford, MI asked in Civil Rights and Contracts for Michigan

Q: Hello, Does my spouse and I have to sign a liability release form to allows photos to be taken and used ANY way/ forever

We are going on a 5 day trip to Jamaica. My sister in law invited us as tag a longs via HER church. We paid for the air fare on our own. However, the church secured block rooms price. We paid that directly to Liberty Travel agency. We paid for travel and flight insurance directly to the travel agency and airlines. There are NO excursions/ group activities planned. 1 time dinner ( optional) Except dinner/ photo ops. Our issue with this is that they waited a year before/ a couple of days before the trip to spring this on us. They are presenting it LIKE ts mandatory. We do not have social media accounts ; Facebook. Instagram etc. and do not want to have our pictures pasted all over a social media for a group we are not affiliated with.

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: If the dinner is optional - and I can't think of anyway they could make it mandatory even if they wanted to - then I think you have a choice to make: either go to the dinner and have a conversation about pictures before or during the dinner, or don't go to the dinner.

I would first contact the trip organizer and express your concerns about pictures. Perhaps the solution is as easy as them designating a spot for pictures and if you don't want your picture taken, you stay out of that spot.

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