I am about to shoot a musical group for their publicity photos and must finally address the issue of model releases. When do you need a release? What about minors? How are the models protected?
There are many articles and opinions that cover model releases along with forms and templates on the net. As I find them, I'll list articles with clear explainations and templates for generic forms here.
Understanding the Model Release Form
This "eHow" post describes some basics such as what a release is, what is does and when to use it. There are links to templates at the end of the article.
There are also a few tips on using the forms here and here.
Do you need a model release when selling pictures of yourself? Here is an intelligent discussion on the the subject:
More to come...