Joi Ito’s Model Release

For his book Freesouls

Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab and chairman of Creative Commons

has written a sort of “Creative Commons Model Release” or a “Creative Commons Friendly” Model Release.

Bad Avatar from here forward will license our work Creative Commons Attribution, and we will use Joi Ito’s model release for actors and others appearing in work we create.

Creative Commons License
Avatars Illustrated by Bad Avatar is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at BadAvatar.TV.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at


Model Release
The following is a copy of a Model Release Form signed by all of the generous people who appear in this book by name. This form gives Joi Ito, the photographer, the right use the images in this book in any media and for any good purpose.* By licensing this work under Creative Commons Attribution, Joi is giving this right to you.

We encourage other photographers to use this license. We also encourage you to make use of Joi’s photos.

Please create!

* other than advertising or anything defamatory!


I hereby give Photographer permission to use and license the Images for use in any Media for all purposes other than the advertising, promotion, commercial endorsement or packaging of any product or service, so long as that purpose is not pornographic or defamatory, with the exception that I expressly give Photographer permission to use the Images in advertising and promotion in connection with any publication of the Images by Photographer. I understand that the Images may be modified or altered in any way, and may be combined with other images, audio, text, graphics or other material. I understand that my name and identity may be associated with the Images.

I agree that all copyright in the Images belong to Photographer. This Release is given for good and valuable Consideration that I acknowledge I have received. I acknowledge that I have no right to any additional consideration or accounting, and agree that I will make no claim upon Photographer with respect to the Images for any reason. I agree that this Release is binding upon my heirs and upon anyone to whom I may assign any other rights that I may have.

I agree that this Release is irrevocable, perpetual and worldwide. I represent and warrant that I am at least 18 years of age and have the full legal capacity to execute this Release.


“Model” or “I” means the person who participated in the Shoot described in this Release. If the Model is not at least 18 years of age or lacks legal capacity in the jurisdiction of the Model’s residence, “I” includes the parent and/or legal guardian of the Model.
“Photographer” means the photographer, videographer, filmmaker or any other person photographing or recording the Model during the Shoot, including an entity, as well as any person or entity to whom Photographer has assigned or licensed rights under this Release and any licensees of any such person or entity.
“Images” means all photographs, video, film, audio, sound or other recordings taken of the Model as part of the Shoot, including the Model’s appearance, likeness, form and/or voice.
“Shoot” means the photographic, filmic or other recording session identified in this Release.
“Media” means all media and formats including print, film, electronic, digital, broadcast television, Internet, podcast and any other media and formats known now or invented in the future.
“Consideration” means something of value received in exchange for this Release.
MODEL Name (print):
Date of Birth:
Legal Residence:
Postal Code:



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Shoot Description:


Drawing Robot

A father. A daughter. A robot. As “Sol” the drawing robot marches through his journey, encountering obstacles, resolving them, most of the time, and completing his drawing, so too father and daughter march through the phases and complexities of their lives. We feel so alive and even if adorable, little robots seem so shallow and brittle. Still, Sol has his moment. Is our moment really so much brighter as it seems? Or perhaps we simply endure for a few moments longer than Sol. Perhaps we simply sleep for somewhat shorter nights… at least until the big sleep…

Leaky Batteries

As a production company we mostly focus on art, culture, and ideas. But to express those ideas we, like so many peeps, use a lot of expensive audio and video equipment. And every now and then we’ll pull a piece of gear off the back of the rack only to find it filled with nasty, corroded, often AA batteries.

So, as a public service to our own staff, and anyone else in this boat… why do batteries leak?

We’ve combined a little web research with a lot of personal experience and here’s what we think the story is. If you have different or better information, please drop a comment on this post and share the knowledge.

You’ll pretty much never find leaky batteries in gear you use regularly. But production habits can vary and sometimes expensive and valuable gear can fall out of the production loop for a while. When you reach down and open the battery compartments of expensive gear, cheap toys, flashlights, and all sorts of things, you’ll find half the stuff messed up with battery leakage and corrosion and half not. With no obvious pattern as to which gear this happens to. Sometimes your most expensive gear will the highest end batteries will be corroded, and your kid’s stupid talking plush toy with the cheapest batteries will be fine.

Modern batteries will keep on your shelf or in your fridge for a very long time. They’re sealed much better that the batteries of yore, and not likely ever to leak. Until… well… the batteries that leak, seemingly regardless of how “high end” or expensive they are, are batteries that are “deeply discharged,” far beyond normal useful range. So any gear, toys, flashlights, or anything else you use regularly will probably never have leaky batteries. Apparently some devices just have the tiniest resistance in them and cause batteries to very slowly discharge. Sometimes this is true on expensive gear. Perhaps more often than your kids’ cheap toys. So if a piece of gear falls out of use for a few months, your batteries can discharge… then deep discharge… then leak. Other gear that has no load whatsoever can have batteries in it for years with no leakage. Aside from learning the hard way, it seems difficult to predict what gear has a tiny load and what doesn’t.

You often see warnings to remove batteries for long storage, but we find that, sort of like that ex-partner of yours, you often don’t know at the time of the last kiss. that this is the last kiss. You only realize that later. So it’s hard to say, “Oh, this light meter or this wireless mic won’t be used for a few months now.” So even though it’s a pain, it’s a good idea to try to take cells out of all gear when returning it to the rack. This also puts you in the habit of putting fresh cells in gear before you use it.

Some rechargeables, like these "Hybro" NiMH cells are designed to have slower discharge when not in use.

Rechargeables have two great features: higher capacity than disposables, and no leakage even when deeply discharged for a long time. And though they have higher initial cost they cost less over time. And they’re probably better for the environment. In spite of all these advantages, most production companies are wary of rechargeables because you’re often uncertain of their charge status. You can be diligent about this. But it’s somehow easy to get it wrong. And most rechargeables discharge pretty fast when not in use. Just as non-rechargeables won’t leak if you use them regularly, rechargeables will be charged if you use them regularly. But once again it’s the gear and batteries that you don’t use as often that cause all the problems.

Our advice then is to take cells out of gear when you return it to the rack. And if possible, to keep your production kit smaller and more regularly used. Yes, you often do need something different, but the more standard your production gear can be, the more familiar you’ll be with its operation and the more likely it will be to be properly maintained with fresh power cells in it.

Happy Production and may you never open a battery door to find leaky cells again! 🙂

— Bad Avatar TV

Video! Video!

Just a video test. Uploaded Lauren Ditsky’s vlog to YouTube, Vimeo, Daily Motion & Blip TV. Here’s how they look on the blog:



Daily Motion:

Blip TV:
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