Important question - model releases

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To those who shoot youth or other non-professional sporting events, do you need to get model releases before you put the photos up for sale on the web, ie Smugmug, EM, Zenfolio, etc. I've been thinking of doing the web sales, but I never really thought about a model release since it's in a public environment where photography can be reasonably expected. Any help is appreciated.
 
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No, you don't need releases to do what you intend to do. Releases are only required for commercial use (advertisement and/or promotion of a product or service). What you are doing is considered editorial use.
Of course, if you intend to use a few of the images to promote or advertise your services or website you'll need a release for those shots.
 
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Is that a US-wide law?

Reason I ask, is that in Ontario, you don't need model releases for anything. In other provinces though, that's not always the case.
 
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Is that a US-wide law?

Reason I ask, is that in Ontario, you don't need model releases for anything. In other provinces though, that's not always the case.

Yes.
I've seen that it is different in Canada, but since the OP is from PA I didn't think to mention that.
 
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No, you don't need releases to do what you intend to do. Releases are only required for commercial use (advertisement and/or promotion of a product or service). What you are doing is considered editorial use.
Of course, if you intend to use a few of the images to promote or advertise your services or website you'll need a release for those shots.

Thanks, Dave. These are going just be for the family members and friends of the players I shoot at a particular game or match.
 

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