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Author Topic: Inconsistent rejections because of trademark - City shots  (Read 1898 times)

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« on: September 18, 2013, 06:15 »
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Hello everybody,

most of my stock photos are city ones (facades, skyscrapers, landmarks, holiday destinations...) and I often get very inconsistent rejections because of trademark reasons... For example a photo of a skyscraper will get accepted but a totally similar one of another skyscraper will get rejected, even if I cloned out all company names and stuff. Or the same photo gets accepted on one website but not on other ones...

How do I know if there is a trademark on a building I am photographing? And what about a statue or some kind of art work that is visible on a street?

And, even more important, what happens if a photo with a trademark on it does get sold? Can I get in trouble (eg. if the trademark owner sees that)?

Thanks a lot for your help, this issue is really confusing me!


Beppe Grillo

« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2013, 07:40 »
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They have rejected some of my architecture photos only because there was some conditioners, with the brand on it even if it was very little.

It could be a reason for you too [?]

« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2013, 07:50 »
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They have rejected some of my architecture photos only because there was some conditioners, with the brand on it even if it was very little.

It could be a reason for you too [?]

Although this was a reason at the very beginning, I now check carefully and remove any logos. Still I get some rejections for trademark reasons, I think it is because on some buildings there could be a trademark.
Actually what bothers me the most is what happens if a photo of a building (or a statue or similar) that does have a trademark on it gets accepted and sold. Can I get in trouble for trademark infringement or is the risk on the buyer? Or on the stock website?

ACS

« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2013, 08:30 »
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You can never know for sure. Even if you know that there is no problem about the building, it may not be possible to explain this to the reviewer.

Anyway, have a look at this list, if you haven't before;
http://www.shutterstock.com/buzz/legal/stock-photo-restrictions

Beppe Grillo

« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2013, 08:46 »
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http://www.shutterstock.com/buzz/legal/stock-photo-restrictions
^^^
"Acceptable if they are a part of a skyline."

From how many buildings a skyline is considered as a skyline?

ruxpriencdiam

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« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2013, 10:02 »
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Quote from: SS
Cityscapes will be considered, as long as the building is not the primary subject of the image. These images will be evaluated on a case by case basis.


 

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