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Hi. From what I’ve researched French law is crazily tight on model release, with each individual usage needing to be approved by the model.

So if, say, photographer shoots a fashion show in France – has releases for the show, but then the company who provided the lights for the show want to licence the images for their own promotional usage – would that legally be a no-no, as the models wont have approved that type of image usage? Any help/thoughts?

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A question for a French lawyer, probably, but it's only applicable to publication in France, of course. Not a problem for Alamy- a French publisher would just stay away.

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"it's only applicable to publication in France"

Which shows how much I know !  I thought it depended where the picture was taken... Doh!

Many Thanks !

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Ah the French! Drink their wine, eat their food, flirt with their jeune femme . . . but don't take any pictures. 

 

Rather odd that things have gone the way they have in France, since it was a Frenchman, Louis Daguerre, who introduced commercial photography to the world, and Paris was the early breeding ground for innovative camera work.  

Edited by Ed Rooney

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"it's only applicable to publication in France"

Which shows how much I know !  I thought it depended where the picture was taken... Doh!

Many Thanks !

Of course a given law can only apply within its jurisdiction, with very few examples which aren't relevant here- war crimes and so on. Presumably a non-resident could decide to litigate in France, but only over a publication in France. A resident could complain wherever it was taken- it's the publication that counts. You don't need a release until then.

Edited by spacecadet

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Ah the French! Drink their wine, eat their food, flirt with their jeune femme . . . but don't take any pictures. 

 

Rather odd that things have gone the way they have in France, since it was a Frenchman, Louis Daguerre, who introduced commercial photography to the world, and Paris was the early breeding ground for innovative camera work.  

And France has a long, fine tradition of photojournalism and street photography.

Edited by Martin P Wilson

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