Certain ID card administrators have been known to secretely keep copies of pictures of people they take when they make photo ID cards. Some of these organizations are also involved in traffiking in such stolen property. (See Stealing your soul and selling it for a penny)

The best way to prevent soul theft and likeness piracy is to require anyone wanting to take your picture to sign an agreement that limits what they can do with your picture, and penalties involved should they be accomplices to theft or trafficking in stolen Humanistic Property.

Example of Humanistic Property License Agreement

Typical example of a Humanstic Property license agreement, signed by administrator of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) ID card office.

Improved version of Humanistic Property License Agreement

You may also want to join an agency that requires you to be bound by a Humanistic Property License Agreement. For example, by licensing your likeness to a modeling agency, or to your own collective Humanistic Property Organization, you do not have to be confrontational with those who might steal your Humanistic Property. Instead, you merely need to inform them that your are forbidden from having your picture taken until they agree to the terms of YOUR AGENCY's Humanistic Property License Agreement.

Download an improved example of a Humanistic Property License Agreement

This improved Humanistic Property License Agreement has been successfully used by people obtaining library cards at the Robarts library at the University of Toronto.

Humanistic Property manifesto

A humourous look at how to deal with people who ask to see your ID card (filed on the morning of April 1, 1999).