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Old 19th of April 2012 (Thu)   #1
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Sorry if this has already been asked.

Our local AYSO (in Pennsylvania) posted on facebook last night: " Coaches and Parents, Any photos taken of your child which contain another child cannot be posted on any website, including facebook, without you and the parents of the other child signing a release form"

Do I really need a release form for every person visible in every photo on facebook?
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Legally? Only if used commercially. I'm assuming Pennsylvania does not have a law stating otherwise. But at the end of the day, I'd find out what is really going on here (why this 'rule') and go from there. Also, since it's there house they could limit picture taking all together to fix the problem. But once the images is captured there's not much they can do but escort you out. A no win for both parties.
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What the AYSO says and what is the law is, are two different things. They have no leg to stand on.
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Our local travel soccer club has the same policy but I believe it is not backed by any laws. Club members sign a form authorizing pictures to be published, sometimes there is a custody issue, kids are "hidden" from a parent or family, and parents don't want to have the kid's picture and possibly name posted on the internet. This makes it difficult because adults want to do what is best for the child's safety and that limits their exposure. AYSO is a youth organization. You never know...
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A school or organization may have such policies that images won't be posted on THEIR websites if you don't want them to be, but what a private individual does with images is outside of their control or jurisdiction.
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This looks like a local "CYA" type of statement. The AYSO registration form gives the organization permission to use photos of the participants, if I read it correctly.

Photos are usually allowed by law on public property in most places. As stated earlier: "What the AYSO says and what is the law is, are two different things."

I try to shoot only our 4 yr. old soccer player and crop out as many other children as possible, it does make for a better photo. I also introduce myself to parents of other children and give them a print including their child. I want them to know my intention is to photograph our child and not some creep photographing young children at random. That personal policy has been very well received.
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Sorry if this has already been asked.

Our local AYSO (in Pennsylvania) posted on facebook last night: " Coaches and Parents, Any photos taken of your child which contain another child cannot be posted on any website, including facebook, without you and the parents of the other child signing a release form"

Do I really need a release form for every person visible in every photo on facebook?
You need to contact the people or person that issued the statement.

Then ask them what type of release form they are talking about. One from the other parents or one from the AYSO. Take that information and go from there.

If the photos are not going to be used for commercial use then a release form from the other parents is not normally required in the USA.

If AYSO is wanting to honor parents requests for not posting photos of their children then something more than a statement on Facebook is going to be required. Not all posters of web photos may be a member of AYSO's Facebook page and therefore would never have gotten the message.

Even if it is a public park do not assume that AYSO cannot restrict who has access and what can be brought to the games. That includes everything from lawn chairs to cameras to coolers etc.

AYSO may have rented or leased the park and that then makes it a park where AYSO can or does have control of the park (no longer public).

The only way for AYSO to stop posting of photos of children at their events is to not allow any pictures to be taken at AYSO events. That means restricting all type of devices that can take a photo. It could be done but there will some very unhappy people if they cannot bring their phone with a camera to a AYSO event.
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Old 22nd of April 2012 (Sun)   #8
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Legally? Only if used commercially. I'm assuming Pennsylvania does not have a law stating otherwise. But at the end of the day, I'd find out what is really going on here (why this 'rule') and go from there. Also, since it's there house they could limit picture taking all together to fix the problem. But once the images is captured there's not much they can do but escort you out. A no win for both parties.
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Old 23rd of April 2012 (Mon)   #9
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Thanks everyone. I got the following message from the national AYSO office:

There is no AYSO National policy regarding how parents use or post AYSO photos on their personal Facebook pages. Unless there is negative, harassing, hateful, etc., use of a personal Facebook page regarding AYSO – which in that case we have suggestions for how to handle the situation – AYSO is not involved in how our members, players and parents utilize their personal social media.

We do not provide such release form, and have not seen one. I am not familiar with Regions requiring this of their parents. It is not a national policy.

Please let me know if you have any further questions – thanks.
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