Sharing photos and videos from library events is a great way to show the success of programs, but it’s important to consider permissions before sharing them in print and online.
The Ohio Library Council has received questions from members regarding a library’s use of photographs/video of patrons in publications and on social media. The OLC staff has consulted with OLC’s legal counsel, and the law in this area has not changed. However, OLC’s legal counsel at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP has updated our Guidelines on Library Use of Photographs and Videos to provide examples of when written consent is required and when it is not. The updated document should help to put the law into context.
In addition, OLC’s legal counsel has updated the OLC’s sample photo release form. Both documents are available below:
- Guidelines on Library Use of Photographs and Videos (PDF)
- Sample Photo Release Form (PDF)
- Sample Photo Release Form (Word doc)
Any additional questions should be directed to OLC’s Director of Government and Legal Services Michelle Francis at firstname.lastname@example.org.