Photo Copyright Release

A photo copyright release grants permission to a third party to reproduce (reprint) photos taken by the photographer who owns the copyright.

photo copyright release

This release of liability may typically be required by a photo store or lab before they will make copies of wedding photographs, event photos etc.

Note: Strictly speaking, the photographer does not release copyright in the photos. The photographer retains ownership of the copyright, but license or authorize the client - and thereby the photo lab - the right to copy the photographs.

sample photo release forms

Photo Copyright Release

Photographer's Name: ________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________

Telephone and Email: ________________________________

The above named Photographer hereby warrants being the legal copyright owner in the Work described below:

The Photographer hereby grants permission to _________________________ and his/her/their Photo Laboratory of choice to make reproductions of the Work in any size or quantity for the following use:

Signed at _______________ on this___day of ______________20__

Photographer's Signature: _______________________________

* * *


The form above may be suitable for reproductions done for personal use but for commercial use such as brochures, calendars, websites, newsletters etc, you may want to use a more detailed license agreement that will stipulate usage and payment terms. Consult with a copyright attorney for advice.

Print your photo copyright release on your business letterhead for a professional look and credibility.

Visit our main page on Photography Contracts for the following photo related free legal forms:

  • Wedding Photography Contract
  • Adult Model Release Form - Covers still photographs as well as video with voice recording.
  • Photo Release Forms - Specifically for Minors
  • Sample Model Release - Shortened Version
  • Model Release Forms - For Group Photographs
  • Free Model Release Form - For Nude Photographs
  • Photo Release - For Property

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