My 23 year old son is looking into a modelling career and has just been accepted by an agency, we have tried to look in depth via many sources as to its legitimacy and it appears to be ok. However my concern now moves to his rights over photographs that may be taken, who owns the copyright?, what control can he have over where the photos are used?, what does he need to look for in model releases and contracts? The agency may provide me with this info, but I am concerned it may be biased. If the request is too in depth, can you signpost me to a helpful organization. Thank you for your time. H XXXXXXXX
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For now please let me know whether he has signed any form of contract?
Ok, he needs to sign one. If so then you can examine the contract. It will say who retains copyright of the images.
So you need to check the contract.
In the absence of a contract the photographer would retain the rights, so make sure its in the contract
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
The agency will be hiring a photographer, so it needs to be between your son and the agency
Usually the agency signs contracts with each client
Usually if more is paid then the client retains the photo
But your son needs to check
He cant. He needs to check the contract with the agency then
Sadly it may be that people dont pay, some companies are like that and the agency may need to take them to Court.
This is one
He needs to read the contract before its signed.
See what it says about the owner of the image etc
That is the key
Does that help?
Sadly unless there is a contract, I can't advise on it.
All he needs to be careful of is ownership.
As I read the question it was who owns copyright and use of photos
All this will be in the contract
But until you have a contract, its hard to say how it will benefit him
Its like asking to write a review of a car when you have not seen it
But the key features are:
1) Who owns copyright
2) What can be done with the images
3) Who retains title in the event of non payment
Can I clarify anything else about this for you?