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    Photography Release Forms

    I have a dog forum. And each year I make a calendar for the members using photos they choose of their dogs in my cafepress store. They also know that the calendars will be for public sale. This has never been a problem until an ex member suddenly decided to make a complaint about their dog's picture being in the calendars. I know now that I need a realease form from each person. My question is this; will an electronic form with an electronic signature be ok? My members are from around the world. Thanks for any advice.

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    Re: Photography Release Forms

    Interesting question. It should perhaps be in the Law forum.

    You need a Property Release Form (a dog is not a person). There's an example here, with an interesting discussion higher up the site:

    http://www.asmp.org/tutorials/property-release.html

    A mail copy of a form is too easy to forge. I think you need a signed copy sent by fax, or possibly a PDF
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    Re: Photography Release Forms

    Thank you so much for your reply. Please forgive me if i posted in the wrong place. But I did not see the area you mentioned. Why would a PDF be different? Thank you for the link.

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    Re: Photography Release Forms

    By "PDF file" I mean a scanned, signed paper release form converted into a PDF by a scan-to-mail system (fairly widespread in large companies) and sent by mail automatically. It contains the signature

    I thought it would be a little bit difficult to falsify but I just checked up on one I have on my system and it's not clear that it's generated by a scan-to-mail rather than by an editor, for instance. FAX is safest.
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    Re: Photography Release Forms

    Ok, thank you.

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    Re: Photography Release Forms

    Quote Originally Posted by wheeliemama View Post
    I have a dog forum. And each year I make a calendar for the members using photos they choose of their dogs in my cafepress store. They also know that the calendars will be for public sale. This has never been a problem until an ex member suddenly decided to make a complaint about their dog's picture being in the calendars. I know now that I need a realease form from each person. My question is this; will an electronic form with an electronic signature be ok? My members are from around the world. Thanks for any advice.
    You may want to talk to a lawyer...

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