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What is a Video Release?

A Video Release document will be useful when obtaining permission to use people's likenesses in a video project. Having all your participants sign this release will help you safeguard your rights and clarify your obligations.

When to use a Video Release:

  • You wish to use video or audio footage of people in various settings for a website, publication, or other use.

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Effective as of the date shown below, approval for past use and permission for present and future use is being granted to of , , , , to use a picture or voice recording of . Permission is being given by the undersigned, , of , , , (the "Recorded Party"), as more fully explained in this Consent and Release. The undersigned is an adult and fully authorized to sign this Consent and Release.


receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the undersigned hereby grants to its agents, employees, licensees, and successors in interest (collectively, the "Released Party") all ownership rights and the absolute and irrevocable right and permission to copyright, use and publish the recorded image and/or voice of (the "Image and/or Voice") that has been (or is being) obtained pursuant to this Consent and Release.


The Image and/or Voice may be copyrighted, used and/or published individually or in conjunction with other photography, video works, and recordings, and in any medium (including without limitation, print publications, public broadcast, CD-ROM format) and for any lawful purpose, including without limitation, trade, exhibition, illustration, promotion, publicity, advertising and electronic publication.


The undersigned represents and warrants that (i) no other party has been granted an exclusive license with respect to the Image and/or Voice, and (ii) no other party's authorization or consent is required with respect to the permission granted to the Released Party under this Consent and Release.


The undersigned waives any right that the undersigned may have to inspect or approve the Released Party's use of the Image and/or Voice, or the advertising copy or printed matter that may be used in connection with the use and/or publication of the Image and/or Voice. The undersigned releases the Released Party (and all persons acting under its permission or authority) from all claims for libel, slander, invasion of privacy, infringement of copyright or right of publicity, or any other claim related to the Image and/or Voice (collectively, "Claims"). This release includes without limitation any Claims related to blurring, distortion, alteration, optical illusion, digital alteration, use in composite form, whether intentional or otherwise, or use of a fictitious name, that may occur or be produced in the processing or publication of the Image and/or Voice.






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  • What is a Video Release Form?

    A Video Release will help you get written permission to use video and audio clips of the people featured in your production (for example, a website, movie, or other publication). Video Release documents will typically include the name and contact information of the person whose picture or voice will be used, the name of the party who has permission to use the footage, and what amount, if any, will be paid for the release.

  • How do I fill out a Video Release Form?

    Making a Video Release document online is simple. Once you answer a few questions, Rocket Lawyer will build your document for you. The Video Release document is relatively short, with few details needed to complete it. However, if you don't have time to complete the document in one sitting, you can always save your document and finish it later.

  • Do you need a Video Release for YouTube videos?

    You may want to get a release from all of the actors in your YouTube videos. If they don't sign a Video Release, you don't necessarily have their written permission to use their image and likeness in your published video.

  • What is a Photo Consent Form?

    A Photo Consent Form, also called a Photo Release , is much like a Video Release in that it is a way for the subjects in the photograph to give their permission to the photographer to have their image and likeness used in whatever way is allowed under the release. It is signed by an individual whose photo was taken.

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