If I sign a video release form but then do not wish for the footage to be used, do I have any legal recourse to either gain the rights to the footage or to stop it from being used?

Asked on September 28, 2014 under Business Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

You would only be able to prevent the use of the footage if:

1) you can show that you were induced to sign the form by fraud (a material, or important, lie about what they were going to do with it, etc.);

2) they are violating the terms of the release (e.g. using the footage in a way or showing it someplace you did not agree to); 

3) you did not have capacity to sign when you did (underage; can show you were mentally incompetent at the time); or

4) the usage is illegal (to commit a crime, for example).

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