Consent to Film/Photography

Consent to Photograph or Record Electronically

When filming, videotaping, audio recording or photographing in a public space where people don't have a reasonable expectation of privacy there is no need to seek permission to capture images for news or archival purposes. As a courtesy, when filming, videotaping, audio recording or photographing for a commercial movie, marketing materials or photographs for sale in a public space, we recommend you let people know that they may be caught on film so they can choose to avoid the shot. This can be done with a sign or leaflet handed out.

When filming, videotaping, audio recording or photographing individuals for marketing purposes, a documentary-style production, an interview or a performance capture, we always should use a consent form. The consent form protects both the subject of the image/recording and the university, by spelling out the terms under which the image/recording is being taken. Signing the release ensures that the subject or “model” understands there is no monetary or other compensation coming from the university, and also that the subject or model can expect the university to use the media only in an appropriate manner.

As a rule, we don’t seek permission from faculty to film or videotape interviews, unless we are capturing a proprietary performance. It is assumed by virtue of their employment that we can capture comments about their work. We do seek permission from students when they are interviewed.

We generally don’t need a consent form for images shot for news purposes, unless minor children who are visiting the university or participating in one of its programs are involved. In those cases, most programs (or the schools from which the children come) may already have secured permission from the parents, but we should check this in advance.

The Filming Photography Consent Form is available for download here.