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« on: March 10, 2008, 13:14 »
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Istockphoto deactivated two of my Canadian coin shots for copyright issues this morning. I thought coins were okay to shoot? Are they going to delete my US coin shots as well? Just curious.


« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2008, 13:15 »
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Just Canadian I believe.  I read about a lawsuit recently.

« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2008, 15:15 »
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They shouldn't have British coins and notes either.  SS deleted them a long time ago.

« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2008, 18:01 »
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Does it depend on how coins/banknotes are shown?  Like direct full view is not acceptable, but lateral, cropped and shallow DOF are acceptable?

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2008, 19:05 »
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I think you need ask the queen for a model release. 


« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2008, 14:58 »
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Bringing this post up back up because I just ran across this note on DT:  someone was asking why a photo was removed from their portfolio, this was part of Achillies' response (Jan 08): 

For example we were recently informed by the Royal Mint of Canada that we need to remove all canadian coins from the site.


digiology

« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2008, 16:24 »
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Certainly not surprising. Especially after claiming last fall they own the copyright to the phrase "one cent". Here is a snippet:

The Royal Canadian Mint, a corporation of the federal government, has now demanded that the City of Toronto pay $47,680 for the public education campaign. Included in this amount is a request for $10,000 for the use of the words "one cent" in the campaign website address (www.onecentnow.ca) and the campaign email address (onecentnow@toronto.ca), and an additional $10,000 for the use of the words "one cent" in the campaign phone number (416-ONECENT). The remaining $27,680 has been assessed against the City for the use of the image of the Canadian penny in printed materials such as pins and posters. (The Mint has come to this amount by taking the total number of materials printed divided by the approximate population of Toronto, and then using a percentage of that number to arrive at a dollar figure.)

« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2008, 16:39 »
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Total idiocy at work...perfect example.

« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2008, 18:53 »
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My understanding was that British notes were subject to copyright, whereas coins were not. I'm not aware that this had changed, but I can't seem to find it in writing anywhere.

By the way, I just had a picture of a medical bag with a red cross on a white background rejected for copyright violation on IS which seemed rather strange, they certainly appear to be very cautious at the moment.
« Last Edit: March 17, 2008, 18:56 by snoozle »

« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2008, 05:28 »
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The red cross is a registered trademark, not just a standard medical symbol.

RT


« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2008, 05:38 »
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My understanding was that British notes were subject to copyright, whereas coins were not. I'm not aware that this had changed, but I can't seem to find it in writing anywhere.


If you check the Royal Mint website you'll find the info about coins, they're not copyrighted and can be used in commercial adverts as long as they're represented in a way that doesn't inflict with the conditions as written on the site.

« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2008, 09:28 »
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When I looked about a year ago, The Royal Mint didn't allow coins or notes to be used for advertising purposes without their consent.  Have they changed this?  I can't find the page now, as the site has changed but it was there.
« Last Edit: March 18, 2008, 09:30 by sharpshot »

« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2008, 10:51 »
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The red cross is a registered trademark, not just a standard medical symbol.

Thanks for pointing this out, it was news to me,  but a quick search on google brought up a whole load of information including the case of Johnson & Johnson suing the American Red Cross society for using the Red Cross for commercial purposes.

« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2008, 14:37 »
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What about Canadian paper money? having mixed rejections/acceptance at SS


 

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