I am working on a video game, and I plan to go to a shopping center and look for about 20 people to snap a picture of, after they sign a kind of model release form stating how their face will be used on a 3d model, and give them my contact information to let them keep up with the progress along the way. In Texas, would I be in the legal right to sell my game using their faces with their written consent, or would they be able to sue me for defamation or something? I'd hate to end up with unimaginable debt from something that I want to make money from. If I swap their eyes in photoshop, would that be a way around it? I can't make sense of the articles from http://www.dmlp.org/legal-guide/using-name-or-likeness-another since it seems like the model would be able to find some kind of loophole if I didn't mention the exact extent of what animations they would do and how people would use the characters while playing them. I'm sure someone on this forum has went through this before.
>>649634Why not do the same but with your family or friend? I mean if you are going to change their eyes and face features in the 3d software no one will really recognize them. That way you wont have to worry about legal issues at least
What you need is a lawyer to draft up the release form, and make sure you're legally OK to do it.Practically speaking though, you should just credit the images under pseudonyms and be done with it.