OT: Legalese, Canadian Style

Paul Crovella paul at beingeaten.com
Wed Dec 5 17:03:43 EST 2007

In the US you can exhibit photos of people all you want without proving anything. The 
problems typically come up when you use a photo in a way that may endorse something. See 

Igor Roshchin wrote:
> Bill,
> I am not sure about Canadian laws. At some point I looked into the
> issues of a "universal" model release form, and found that laws
> vary widely, even between different states in the US.
> I vaguely remember that just recently, a decision of some court 
> (probably in the US) that it was ok to display as a part of an art 
> exhibition a photo of a person in a public place without a model release, 
> but it had to be proven that it was art.
> I am not sure if something similar applies in your case.
> You may want to consider checking with the Regina Shutterbugs camera
> club, and see what their position on this is, and whether they
> had any releases or agreements signed by the model.
> If they have one, it may (or may not) help you, depending on the
> document.
> ann sanfedele wrote:
>> Especially since she was naked.
> IMHO, whether she was naked or not may charge it emotionally,
> but should not matter in the legalese.
> Igor

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