No announcement yet.

Copyright and Model Release

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Copyright and Model Release

    Can I use an image of unknown origin (off the internet) in proofing and Mock Up work to client without a Model Release? In what way would this be acceptable and not infringing?

  • #2
    Ethically, its not a good idea. The fact is that you're making a mock-up and the possible copyright owners will never see the use. The reason I suggest not to is because if a client does end up with a digital copy for proofing, they might end up distributing it among departments to get opinions. That might be the cause of a leak that could expose your illegal use of the photo. Of course you'd have a better chance of finding a needle in a haystack than being "busted" for using that photo, but why risk it?

    You have two options:

    1. Use a royalty-free image that is also free. Here is a link for 50 sites to find free stock images. Each site has different rules, read them.

    2. Use copyrighted images with a watermark. That's right, grab the ones right off of Shutterstock, Corbis or any other big site. Deal with the ugly watermark and tell your client it is only there until real images are put in.
    Broke or just cheap? Read my list of free open source alternatives to Adobe Creative Suite software.


    • #3
      Thanks SurfPark, unfortunately for me - it seems you are right as this is a real scenario im now dealing with.


      • #4
        You can mock with a watermarked royalty free image. Just swap it in for the real thing later. Seems legit to me. I do it all the time - don't want to purchase an image before the client has approved the purchase.

        Is there nothing in stock photo sites that are similar to what you have found on the net?
        It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" Winnie the Pooh


        • #5
          The problem with using images you "found on the net" for mock ups is that the client wants THAT ONE IMAGE and you're in a world of hurt trying to secure the rights or getting something with a printable resolution. Been there, done that.
          Use imagery that you know you can secure rights for.






          Latest Topics


          • WilliamBrown
            Reply to Job Search Resources
            I hear about it for the first time but it sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing!...
            Today, 09:07 AM
          • B
            Reply to Looking for mentor
            Gonro, what's being said, is here in the U.S., it's very difficult to get a graphic design job without a 4-year university/college degree in graphic design. It's not a field that one can expect to successfully...
            Today, 08:49 AM
          • HotButton
            Reply to Business card - need critiques
            I'm sorry Kelly, but "too amateurish" is exactly what your card looks like. The blobby fonts and dog/cat WP logo are dead giveaways that this is an amateur graphic design endeavor. I will say...
            Today, 08:08 AM
          • KitchWitch
            Reply to adobe photoshop 17.0
            Hi Sangbomb and Christadesigner and welcome to GDF.

            We ask all new members to read very important links here and here. These explain the rules, how the forum runs and a few inside jokes....
            Today, 07:49 AM
          • Gonro
            Comment on Looking for mentor
            Hey, not sure if this answer is going through but I'll give it a try anyway. I didn't study anything design related previously and I was unhappy with it.
            Today, 07:42 AM

          Incredible Stock
          GDF A division of Mediabistro Holdings Adweek | Mediabistro | Clio | Film Expo Group Contact Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy Copyright 2016 Mediabistro Holdings