Can computer generated faces eliminate model release?

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Re: Can computer generated faces eliminate model release?

shutterhappens wrote:

rmexpress22 wrote:

This is coming off as "I am going to use someone's face but I am just going to say it's CGI even though it's not."

It's not really about the 'face' but about the 'likeness' a lot of times. Or it comes down whether you care and whether you get caught.

In that case I can rephrase my question:

If you use a person's photo in a commercial and you have the model release, could someone else who looks like the model (e.g. a twin), sue you for using his/her likeness without permission?

Basically I don't understand how "likeness" is protected because people can coincidentally look alike.

In that case, I would say that the model release of the person whose photograph you actually took would be an effective defense. That is the likeness that you actually used, despite there being a spurious doppelganger.

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