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Author Topic: Rental car in photos? Can I still put them on stock for commercial purposes?  (Read 1847 times)

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« on: September 08, 2018, 17:47 »
Hello all, I took a few shots of my friend while we were traveling and some of them would make fantastic shots for stock.
However the car, as we were on holiday was a rental and although it does not identifiably appear in the shots (Maybe just like the top of the steering wheel etc) no logos and whatnot.

Am I still allowed to publish them or would I need a property release from the rental company for the car?

Thanks alot in advance.


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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2018, 18:48 »
Possibly not if the car is totally unidentifiable as you say.
But in any case, it wouldn't be the rental company, it would be the car manufacturer, just as if you'd used your own car.

« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2018, 18:49 »
The car being a rental is irrelevant. You'd have the same issues if you or your friend owned the car. The intellectual property issues with protected designs don't go away if you paid for one of the items (like iPhones)

If there's a very small amount (and nothing identifiable; not just logos, but known style elements - like the Jeep front grill) you are probably fine. Upload one or two as a test before you process the rest


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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2018, 19:05 »
If not possible for commercial stock, you could still consider them as editorial stock.

« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2018, 19:57 »
Thank you all kindly for your responses.


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