Los Angeles, CA asked in Contracts, Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Intellectual Property for California

Q: Can someone explain this to me? I want to ensure the video footage of me is only used for the one project.

Talent/Model Release

For valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, I hereby agree as follows: I hereby give and forever grant to ______________, licensees and producers or publishers of its promotional materials and their successors and assigns, the right to use, publish and copyright my picture, portrait and likeness, in whole or part, including alterations, modifications, derivations and composites thereof, in advertising and promotion of “____________” throughout the world. This right shall include the right to combine my likeness with others and to alter my likeness, by digital means or otherwise, for the purposes set forth herein.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Under California law, the language in this talent/model release grants extensive rights to the party you're signing with. By agreeing to these terms, you're permitting them to use, publish, and copyright your image, not only for the specific project named but potentially for broader advertising and promotional purposes. This includes the right to modify or combine your likeness with other images.

If your intention is to restrict the use of your image to just one project, this release doesn't align with that goal. The terms are broad and don't limit the usage to a single project. They allow for your image to be used in various forms and for various purposes, potentially well beyond the original scope of the project you're involved in.

To protect your interests, you might consider negotiating the terms of the release. You could request a more specific clause that limits the use of your image to the particular project you're working on. It's advisable to seek legal counsel to draft or review any modified agreement to ensure your rights and intentions are clearly defined and protected.

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