If you want to upload content featuring your own family and photographed or filmed it yourself, you only need to provide model releases for visible people. However, if you want to submit content from an old family album or home movie and you are not the original creator, the situation is a little more complicated.
Imagine you have a family photo album from the 1970s; the original photographer was your father. In this case, your father must sign a property release as the owner, and you as the artist since you are uploading the images to Stocksy.
If the original photographer is deceased, the owner of the rights to the photographs would need to sign on behalf of the original photographer. Because this varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and because copyright does not necessarily pass under basic inheritance rules, we generally ask that all next of kin of the deceased sign the release. This ensures everyone knows and agrees you have permission to upload the photos to Stocksy.
Visual reference must also be provided on the property release so that we know exactly which images or clips are covered by the release.
The rules for model releases apply equally to old, vintage, or archival photos as to modern images.
Whoever created the original content must be named the photographer/artist on the model release form.
We ask that you provide as much information as possible on model releases. If some of the required information isn't available (for example, a model who has been deceased for 40 years might not have had an email address), you should leave a note in that field on the model release, and a member of the team will reach out to you.
You can look at our technical requirements for analog film scans here. Depending on the image or clip, damage such as scratches might add to the feel of the content. If you're unsure if you should remove it, don't hesitate to reach out to Support.