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cmawson 11 271 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 6:00PM
A question has been put to me by one of my wife's friends.

If one was to take a photograph of a named product, e.g. Apple, Samsung, etc, is permission required from the manufacturer/trademark holder in order to sell the photo for gain, for example for stock photography?


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User_Removed 11 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 6:25PM
If their logo or other trademarks constitute a significant part of the image then it can be an infringement. In a lot of stock photos of people with phones, laptops etc the gadgets look generic or are just one small part of the picture and that's why.
cmawson 11 271 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 6:28PM
Thanks Chris, what if the name, logo, & product constitutes the main bulk of the picture? I take it that would be infringement.
lemmy 7 2.2k United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 6:29PM
Micro-stock agencies won't accept anything with a logo showing.

Alamy will accept such pictures provided the device is not the point of the picture. For example, a model laughing with friends and holding an iPhone to her ear would be fine for editorial use. It would not be OK for commercial use and you would require a release. I have sold pix featuring my iPad hitched up to a DSLR. No problem for editorial use but for commercial use, say an ad or a poster, it's no.

The whole area is a bit fuzzy but agencies will always err on the side of caution. In general, don't show logos.
cmawson 11 271 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 6:41PM
Ok, Chris & Lemmy many thanks for your help on this, very much appreciated.
lemmy 7 2.2k United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 8:34PM
Sorry Chris_L I must have been writing my post while your post was appearing. I had nothing to add to yours but hadn't seen it at before I posted.
Carabosse Plus
12 39.7k 269 England
8 Oct 2012 9:04PM
Largely to echo what has already been said. Some stock libraries are very fussy. If at all possible, i.e. without ruining the photo, carefully remove any manufacturer logos/badges and you shouldn't have any issues.

"If in doubt leave it out!" Smile

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