Utah State University Logo

Public Relations and Marketing

Permission for Copyright and Model


When to Use Copyright Release

Always get written permission to use someone else’s photo or design, even when the circumstance does not require a signed copyright release form; e.g., on social media.

Get a signed copyright release whenever the photo/video will be:

  • Put to commercial use (defined as selling the photo or video such as in a calendar or on a T-shirt)
  • Made prominent on our USU website
  • Included on print materials we cannot recall back (DVDs, viewbook, marketing brochures)

When to Use Model Release

Get a signed model release whenever:

  • The model is under 18
  • The image is included in materials we cannot recall back (DVDs, viewbook, marketing brochures)
  • The image is attached to personal info about that model; e.g. name, major, year in school or hometown
  • The image is included in campaigns of a sensitive nature; e.g. sexual assault, addiction or mental health campaigns. Please also ensure models are informed if their images will be used in a subject-sensitive campaign such, and be as specific as possible.

For those under 18-years-old, use the release forms for minors, and save release forms with your project file so they can be recalled easily if a conflict arises.

Download Release Forms: