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FXNinja says

Does anybody know that if I should acquire model releases if I’m using silhouette figures in my project?

Here is the quote from Envato knowledge base :: “When uploading footage, audio, images or photographs that depict recognizable human beings or identifiable buildings you must acquire a signed release form”

So according to that and Wikipedia definition, I think its safe to use even the silhouette figure of Matte Damon without a model release since you can’t recognize it right?

Maybe this is a stupid question but its always safe to ask :)

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AndrVlad says

You definetely don’t need model release for silhoette.

if Matte Damon agree you can shot him and use his silhouette without any releases. But if you plan to use his picture/video taken somewhere to make silhouette it’s different. I guess you need to license this usage from rights owner.

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StencilMedia says

‘Recognizable’ is the keyword, so unless your model has three or more arms then it’s unlikely they’ll be recognised from their silhouette. I’m with AndrVlad… no release required.

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modeon says

you dont need model release for silhouettes. : )

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AndrVlad says

By the way, release forms are not needed for shadows too! That is why there are so many of them surrounding us in any sunny day. :-)

Best Regards, Andrey

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FXNinja says

Thank you very much guys … All cleared :)

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Panda-Bear says

did anyone see the Silhouette-themed in-joke:

‘Matte’ Damon

:)

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FXNinja says

did anyone see the Silhouette-themed in-joke:

‘Matte’ Damon

:)

Hoooo ha ha ha haaaaaa …. sorry man … my mistake !!

He is still Damon … but just the “Matte” ... so no model release requred !! :bigsmile:

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graphic4444 says

i wouldn’t do that since a famous hollywood actor may have an easily-identified profile, even in silhouette… and that would violate their rights. I’d check with an IP rights attorney to be safe

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