The Use Of Models’ Photographs On The Internet Under French Law

Due to the specificities of models’ job, the use of photographs of models on the Internet is highly regulated under French law. These photographs might only be used for commercial purposes with the models’ fully informed agreement, and subject to certain restrictions.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How is a model defined under French law?
What legal rights do the photographer and the model respectively own?
Do special requirement apply to photographs of nude models?
What rules apply to the commercial use of photographs of models on the Internet?
When the use of the photograph of a model is authorized, what guidelines should be followed when displaying this photograph on a website?

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