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User_Removed 14 271 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 14 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.
User_Removed 14 271 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 10 2.7k 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.
User_Removed 14 271 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 6:41PM
Ok, Chris & Lemmy many thanks for your help on this, very much appreciated.
lemmy 10 2.7k 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 15 41.0k 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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