The Photographer’s DIY Legal Kit

A Downloadable Legal Kit for Photographers

Photography is a fine craft, a relaxing hobby, and of course – a business. However, the thing about taking photographs in any capacity is that we can be held responsible and liable for any number of infractions or infringements on copyrights, trademarks, privacy, and individuals’ rights to name a few. This applies to professionals, but are you aware that it equally applies to amateurs and hobbyists too?

For example, did you know that you can absolutely photograph the Eiffel Tower (Paris) during the day, and sell your photos through a stock or microstock website. However, you cannot do so at night! The lights on the Eiffel Tower are a protected design and cannot be used in commercial or stock photography without prior legal consent. It’s surprising the number of subjects which have protected and/or trademarked designs, and therefore cannot be photographed for sale (even private sales) without special permission.

Enter “The Photographer’s DIY (Do it Yourself) Legal Kit,” brought to us by Jason Anderson of CanonBlogger.com (and columnist for several years in our PhotographyBB Magazine). Jason has assembled this downloadable kit of legal forms with the assistance of a practicing copyright attorney. This kit covers the needs of most photographers (amateur and professionals), and includes the following forms:

  1. Event Contract
  2. Licensing Agreement
  3. Schedule A – items to be included in licensing
  4. Schedule B – licensing usage terms
  5. Adult Model Release form (accepted by iStock and Getty)
  6. Child Model Release form (also accepted by iStock and Getty)
  7. ReadMe Guide with professionally designed graphics and easy-to-understand explanations of what each form is and how to use it.

With 6 forms and a 2 page ReadMe Guide, this isn’t a typical length “ebook,” but after my own experiences with the costs of getting just a single form done (I believe I paid $90), this kit is perfect for standard events, licensing and model releases (both adult and child). This is the best part – you can customize it! Jason has made each form into a Word document so you can easily add your studio logo, graphic, letterhead, and even your studio name, to each form as you grow your own business.

The Real Value

Hiring a lawyer for even one single form can cost in the hundreds; a kit like this would be in the $300-$500 range. The least expensive legal kits I’ve seen are in the $50 range, and don’t usually offer the ability to customize the look and feel. Jason has a special offer for the release of this kit – Jason is offering it, right now at launch, for only $30! To protect yourself and your photography business time and time again, you simply can’t go wrong. But wait…. there’s more!

The first 200 people to buy this kit can use the discount code: DIY2011
and get this kit for only $15 – WOW!

At this price (and being able to print off as many of these forms as you will ever need), it’s an offer you can’t afford to miss out on. For me, the $30 price point is actually right on the money, but Jason wanted to take it a step further and give us a special for the first 200 people. With such a limited discount, these WILL run out so do make sure you head to CanonBlogger’s eBook Page and pick one up for yourself today!