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Author Topic: Standard IRS tax forms rejected for Intellectual Property?  (Read 1415 times)

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steheap

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« on: February 18, 2016, 19:45 »
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I have had a series of images of the current year IRS tax form 1040 rejected by both Shutterstock and Fotolia this week. No issues with previous years - anyone know if they have changed their rules - I always thought US government documents were not copyright by statute.

Steve
Here is an example - pretty boring, I know:


w7lwi

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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2016, 21:30 »
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I had the same problem last month with SS.  Simply resubmitted as illustrative editorial and all went through fine and have been selling.

steheap

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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2016, 17:22 »
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Nope - just rejected with the reason "Altered Editorial". Oh well, the agency sets the rules I guess!

« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2016, 21:51 »
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They have invented this one "illustrative editorial". Government documents are NOT copyrighted. I am a gov worker and everything I produce within the government is free for use, including photographs. I have thousands of photographs of insects out there free to use.

steheap

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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2016, 09:02 »
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Dreamstime just rejected the same images with a reason - could contain elements that are subject to copyright/trademark. I hope it isn't the pencils I used that they are complaining about!


 

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