Posting your thesis online could have an impact on the permissions you need to obtain from the people appearing in your film. In general, if you're going to make your thesis publicly accessible online, you'll need to obtain a release that grants you the right to use the person's likeness and image not just in your film, but also in any online posting of the film.
Here are a few additional considerations to keep in mind when obtaining releases for an online thesis:
Worldwide distribution: When posting online, your thesis will likely be accessible to a global audience, so you'll want to make sure that your release form grants you the right to use the person's likeness and image for worldwide distribution.
Duration of rights: The duration of the rights granted in the release form should take into account the fact that your thesis will be online indefinitely. Consider obtaining a release that grants you the right to use the person's likeness and image for an unlimited period of time.
Use in other projects: If you plan to use the footage from your thesis in other projects in the future, you should consider obtaining a release that grants you the right to use the footage for these additional projects as well.
Social media: If you plan to post your thesis or any clips from it on social media or other online platforms, you should consider obtaining a release that specifically grants you the right to use the footage in this context.
As with any release form, it's important to consult with an attorney to ensure that your online thesis release form is legally valid and protects your interests.
Answer written by ChatGPT, a language model developed by OpenAI. Edited by Stephanie Towery, Copyright & Open Access Initiative Librarian.