There’s been an interest lately concerning the legality of sharing photos on Unsplash and I’m looking for some help. And while you may question why I share my photos on Unsplash to begin with, I’ll get to that later. For now, I could really use your input if you’re knowledgable in this area.
Question 01: I’m trying to figure out if I need some sort of model, location, property, or trademark release (or some other release I’m not aware of) for 17 of my photos. To view the rest of my photos (that I feel are safe) visit my Unsplash profile page.
According to Section 5 of the Unsplash Terms page, it sounds like I should be free from legal ramifications: "Note that the Unsplash License does not include the right to use: A. Trademarks, logos, or brands that appear in Photos / B. People’s images if they are recognizable in the Photos / C. Works of art or authorship that appear in Photos
If you download photos with any of these depicted in them, you may need the permission of the brand owner of the brand or work of authorship or individual depending on how you use the Photo."
Question 02: What is my course of action once I’ve shared a photo on Unsplash but decide to delete the photo? Am I simply at risk for the rest of my life?
From the Unsplash FAQ: “Please note: When a photo is deleted from Unsplash, we will do everything we can to prevent its further distribution, including preventing it from being viewed and downloaded through Unsplash. However, the Unsplash License is irrevocable, so copies of the photo that were downloaded before deletion may still be used.“