ChrisAdval wrote in post #15958433
is it possible to get a property release from public properties?
i.e. Eastern State Penn... is owned by the city, if I wanted one to cover my ass when, if ever, they sell the property to a private owner/entity, how can I get the release... Ask the current city mayor?
A property release --or any release-- is only good for the photographs it pertains to.
If you get a property release today for photographs you took today, that release will continue to be valid for those photographs in the future even if the property changes hands.
But you can't get a release today for pictures you might take some time in the future, unless, perhaps the release still identifies the date you intend to take those pictures. And even that kind of release won't be valid if the property has changed hands.
In the same way, a model release for photographs you took today will continue to be valid for those photographs into the future. In fact, if you take photographs of a child today and have a model release signed by her parents for those photographs, that release will continue to be valid for those photographs even after that child has reached the age of majority--and doesn't want you to use them anymore.
But you can't use that model release signed by the parents for future photographs of the child.
I can't imagine, though, that you actually need a property release for public property. There isn't actually any legislation in any state that requires a property release at all. The primary purpose of getting one is just to avoid the hassle and cost of dealing with a threat of a lawsuit. In cases that have actually gone to court, photographers have generally won...it's just a matter of whether you can afford to win.
But if the property is public, I can't imagine the city even threatening to take you to court over an issue that isn't supported by law. So why would they give you a release that does not have a purpose?
OTOH, if it's a small town like mine, I could easily catch the city manager at his desk and just ask him to sign it. He probably would without thinking too much about it.