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« on: March 07, 2011, 11:00 »
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saw this on the twitter last nite:

"shutterstock, fotolio, istock and others have a huge competitor coming in vettaimages.com.  were [sic] launching mobile and internet national adds [sic]"

anyone hear about this?  I wonder how well iStock will take this use of the term "vetta" -- do you think they have that copyrighted?

also.. I hope they use better grammar (spelling) when they do run their advertisements (or "adds"). :)


« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2011, 11:08 »
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Yes, IS does have it trademarked.

« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2011, 11:13 »
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I might be a iStock "new" site for their vetta images?

« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2011, 11:49 »
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I might be a iStock "new" site for their vetta images?


I don't think they are associated with istock -- if they were they would use better grammar like "we're" for "we are" instead of "were."  bad grammar just looks so amateurish to me.  If you want something to come across as professional, at least use the proper spelling and punctuation.

another tweet from them says that they are also using bellaimages.co --  I saw that and immediately thought of Todd and Renee Keith who have BellaOra Studios http://www.bellaora.com -- but i guess there are already a lot of photographers and studios using the word "bella" out there besides them. 

« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2011, 12:41 »
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Yes, IS does have it trademarked.

Do they? Vetta has also been a brand of cycling gear since the 80's;

"A leading brand in cycling computers, saddles, and other cycling accessories, VETTA has been in the forefront of the cycling community for over 20 years. The name comes from the Italian word for "peak", which perfectly describes what VETTA is all about. The VETTA brand in cycling was first established in the early 1980s by Mr. Michele Chiarella as a new line of saddle designs that was developed in close collaboration with Selle Italia. VETTA quickly became one of the up and coming brands in the cycling industry ..."

... and it is a brand of amplifier too;

"Vetta II is way more than just an amplifier; its a portal to that perfect sound.  With the push of a button, turn of a knob, and your endless creativity, the Vetta II delivers a monumental collection of sounds all in one place."

Vetta is also a hiking shoe, a model of settee and countless other things ... as well as being an Italian noun. I think Istock would struggle to claim ownership of the word wouldn't they? They've clearly just jumped on the same bandwagon as everyone else in their use of the word as a 'brand'.

« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2011, 12:47 »
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See the little TM here: http://www.istockphoto.com/photo

« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2011, 13:18 »
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They may sell images from Vetta Collection stolen during Christmas time.  :-\

« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2011, 13:36 »
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That web site is just a blank page - not going to sell much of anything that way :)

« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2011, 13:45 »
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They may sell images from Vetta Collection stolen during Christmas time.  :-\

LOL

« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2011, 14:08 »
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yep showing blank page to me too.

It has nothing to do with istock if you look at "Who is" information:
http://who.godaddy.com/whoischeck.aspx?Domain=VETTAIMAGES.COM

« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2011, 15:19 »
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I think their Twitter post is extremely premature.  I went to the other site mentioned and found this:
http://www.bellaimages.co/index.php?do=/about/

« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2011, 15:28 »
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Vetta has been a well known guitar amp for several years, produced by Line 6.  I have a smaller version.  It has been around much longer than iStock's program, and it is trademarked by Line 6.

jbarber873

« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2011, 15:41 »
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  Trademarks are specific to an industry. The test is whether a consumer would be confused by the trademark. For instance, there is a bicycle company with a vetta trademark for a handlebar design. Vetta is clearly trademarked on the istock website, so this new company either doesn't have a clue, or is a part of getty, which seems unlikely. No one can get a vetta trademark for photography now that getty has it, and is clearly using it in that industry.

« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2011, 15:53 »
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The Twitter post was unprofessional and suggested to me it was just a few contributors putting up an indie site.  If it was a legit company, then they need a better marketing program.  Either way that name is never going to fly.

I'm thinking of starting a site called iBigCanDreamstime. 
« Last Edit: March 07, 2011, 15:55 by djpadavona »

RT


« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2011, 16:09 »
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See the little TM here: http://www.istockphoto.com/photo


is the one to be concerned about, anybody can add TM to a mark.   

jbarber873

« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2011, 16:37 »
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See the little TM here: http://www.istockphoto.com/photo


is the one to be concerned about, anybody can add TM to a mark.   


That's true. Usually you use the tm while the application is being processed, which can take more than a year. I had something trademarked and it took so long I forgot about it, but one day it came through. Out of curiosity, I went to the trademark website http://www.uspto.gov/  and looked up vetta. Getty has a pending application which is actually in suspension now, awaiting a reply for technical reasons. It seems to have something to do with the apparent lack of a Canadian trademark in the application, due to the application being from a canadian company. ( at least thats' what I got from a quick look at the application. ) Wouldn't it be funny if istock loses the trademark because they never answered the email from the USPTO? ;D  Another epic fail?

« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2011, 15:26 »
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I'm thinking of starting a site called iBigCanDreamstime. 

Nan that won't work... Think big..!

I Can... Big Time!  iCanBigTime.com !

Who wants to register? :)


« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2011, 16:16 »
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well, I had responded via tweet to the original tweet with this:

@vettaimages so istock doesnt have a copyright on the term "vetta" or are you associated with @istock?

they didn't respond to me but @iStock (the guy who runs the iStock twitter account) replied to me with this tweet:

@JamiRae Yes, we do.  No, he isn't

so I guess it's a bunch of dreamers that will soon be either changing their name or abandoning the whole idea.  :)

RT


« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2011, 17:09 »
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the @istock guy thinks they've got a copyright on the term "vetta" !!!!

Maybe you should tweet him back and ask if he knows what copyright means  ;)

« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2011, 17:43 »
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I'm thinking of starting a site called iBigCanDreamstime. 

Nan that won't work... Think big..!

I Can... Big Time!  iCanBigTime.com !

Who wants to register? :)

How about iCanDreamBigTime.com? :D

« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2011, 18:16 »
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the @istock guy thinks they've got a copyright on the term "vetta" !!!!

Maybe you should tweet him back and ask if he knows what copyright means  ;)

Well the Tweeter is probably just a Lobo type employee who is hired to do nothing but Tweet/Post all day, but probably has little to no understanding of the company's actual trademarks.  So it seems we have two entities who could use a lesson in trademark vs copyright - the VettaImages.com dreamers, and the Tweeter.

RacePhoto

« Reply #21 on: March 09, 2011, 02:21 »
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I might be a iStock "new" site for their vetta images?

Might be someone starting a new KTools co-op site? :D

Poor choice of names legally or otherwise. They should create their own identity of they have any Uova.


 

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