This question came to mind in discussing another thread. Has anyone heard about anything substantially bad happening to a photographer because she or he worked with a model but failed to have the model sign a release? Or, have there been any cases where there were a release form and it saved the photographer's bacon? I'd like to hear more about experiences than theory. I get the theory. I did sufficient research on model release forms to convince myself they are a good idea - sort of an insurance policy. Please don't feel the need to talk me into using them. I already do. I can't imagine a judge or jury viewing a photograph of someone obviously posing in front of a camera and A) deciding that person was damaged against their will and B) that the photographer's right to expression should be violated. Yes, not all photos are going to be obvious poses. If it looked like I poked my lens through their bathroom window to get the shot... Or if the photograph ended up being used as part of a "I have herpes but my partner doesn't and we want to keep it that way" advertisement there could be issues.