"Stock photography is a collection or archive of images that can be licensed for use. It's a way for companies or individuals to obtain photographs without having to hire a photographer for a specific shoot." - Gettyimages
Stock images can be presented in searchable online databases. They can be purchased and delivered online.
The photographs or video of you may be used in just about any potential media or context, including in magazines, textbooks, TV shows, movies, billboards, web sites, and social media. But there are limits - all media banks prohibit any use that is defamatory or pornographic.
"Commercial use is when content is used in a context to help sell a product, raise money or to promote something.
Content that does not require model or property releases, can be licensed for editorial use only. This is content used for non-commercial, non-promotional use only. This content is intended to be used only in connection with events that are newsworthy or of general interest (for example, in a blog, textbook, newspaper or magazine article)" - Gettyimages
"A release is a written permission from an individual or property owner allowing the use of that person's likeness or property (for example, a private home, a place of business, a copyrighted work of art, or in some cases, an animal) in an image for commercial purposes. (Generally speaking, commercial use means a use that is intended to sell a product, raise money or promote or endorse something.) Right-to-privacy, right-to-publicity (in the case of celebrities), trademark, and copyright laws require that you have releases if the images are to be used for commercial purposes." - Gettyimages
If you want to download and read the standard model release, please click here