I have several sites that sell products but I am now creating a local website that will be used to spootlight local businesses. I want to be able to photograph locations and probably the business owners and staff so that they can be included on the site.
I know that you can run into problems with using images of people (groups or individuals) without some sort of release form saying they consented to be in the photo and do not require any compensation.
I am not sure of all the issues that may arise but can anyone point me to a standard release form used in this situation, and can anyone advise me on any other issue related to taking and using photographs on a website of people, places and things?
If you're providing a service for the businesses, I can't see that getting their permission for taking and using the photos would be a difficulty. Even within the U.S., privacy laws can vary in different states, so you might want to look locally for samples of release forms. If you're planning these to be objective articles or reviews (rather than simply positive ads), you could check with a local newspaper that has a website to see how they handle it. The possibility of posting negative comments about a business would be one problem that would come to mind. Another is that, if you take pictures of staff other than the owner, you'd need to get the business's permission and the permission of the individuals in the photograph (at least in my locality).
[edited by: Beagle at 4:52 pm (utc) on Aug. 13, 2006]