Content Release Forms
When capturing photos and videos for print and online use, it is essential that you obtain permission from everyone that's featured in them.
This is true for both adults and children in your content. If a child is under 18 years of age, you must seek approval from their parent or guardian.
The easiest way to do this is by asking them to complete a content release form. Not only will this give you authorisation to use their image, but it also safeguards you from any complaints or compensation claims at a later date.
Using Images from the Internet
When searching for the perfect image to adorn your latest brochure, church service or webpage, it can be tempting to use one of the many photos available on Google. However, the vast majority of these images in search results are copyright protected, even though it may say otherwise.
To ensure you are using images that do not expose you to legal issues, you must choose from one of the following:
- Source your images for free from places like Canva, Unsplash and Pixabay (being careful to credit the photographer if required)
- Purchase photos from stock image websites, including Shutterstock or Adobe Stock.
- Use an original photo that you've taken yourself.
This way, you can be safe in the knowledge that you're not infringing upon someone else's copyright and be confident that the photographer is getting compensated fairly for their hard work.