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« on: July 31, 2006, 06:39 »
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I went on a holiday to Valencia and found some great graffiti work there in the narrow smelly streets that run through the city. My question is, can i sell these as stock or not? I think that since they are illegal works they can't really belong to anyone so i don't need a property release. Or do i have to remove the artists mark or something, i really don't know.


« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2006, 09:04 »
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They are artwork, so even though illegal, you still need a model release.

« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2006, 10:27 »
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that is of course if they are identifiable.  if they are scribbly letters, i don't think there would be a problem.  Actual nice images, or words.. yeah, i guess a property release.

« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2006, 16:39 »
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I'm sure I had a rejection from iStock of a semi derelict house in Glasgow that had been tagged to death as they considered the tags to be identifiable marls (like signatures).

Might be easy to draw your own graffiti and sign the form yourself ;D
« Last Edit: August 10, 2006, 01:42 by fintastique »

« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2006, 14:00 »
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Too bad, i gues i still got some nice desktop images out of them for my personal viewing pleasure.

Thanks for the replies

« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2006, 18:41 »
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i mailed lucky oliver about this and they said "we do take graffiti shots as long as they don't
contain any copyrighted logos or the artists name".

I've also noticed that dreamstime accepts graffiti pics.

Does this mean that it is legal and i won't get sewed(don't know the correct spelling), or just that they take the risk because the chance of getting sewed is minimal?

Quevaal

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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2006, 20:04 »
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What's legal and not depends on the country.
But I think the chance of getting sued because of grafitti is minimal - unless - it's paid for, something which is sometimes the case.

I have a few graffiti shots myself, but they're not identifiable:
http://www.heyheydecay.net/thumbs/concretetextures.htm


« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2006, 13:15 »
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Mine are more of an overal shot of the entire "design". I'll submit them and trust that when an agency accepts i'm alright legally wise.
Thanks for the reply

« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2006, 13:21 »
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They are artwork, so even though illegal, you still need a model release.

It's a strange world we live in when the rights of criminals are above the rights of the rest of the folk.

Fotolia takes grafitti, iStock doesn't (stupid Canadian Walmart of microstocks), Dreamstime and Shutterstock sometimes.

Quevaal

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« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2006, 13:07 »
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They are artwork, so even though illegal, you still need a model release.

It's a strange world we live in when the rights of criminals are above the rights of the rest of the folk.

Fotolia takes grafitti, iStock doesn't (stupid Canadian Walmart of microstocks), Dreamstime and Shutterstock sometimes.

I agree about the stuff with criminals, but I also think that the bigger you are, the bigger the chance of getting sued. Neither sxc.hu takes graffiti btw. In my opinion, they should have different attitude to clearly illegal graffiti and legal pieces.



 

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