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Experienced stock photographers know to secure model and property releases when shooting recognizable people or locations. But there are some subjects which, for legal and intellectual property reasons, cannot be used in a commercial license without additional permission. For example, a crayon with a recognizable Crayola swirl may be covered by that company's trademark. Below, we're publishing a list of many known trademark, copyright and intellectually property issues, compiled by our colleagues at Shutterstock. (Please note that this list is not  all-inclusive.)

We are also taking steps to make sure every image in the Bigstock library is in compliance, which means some images we previously accepted are being pulled from the library. This is the right thing to do for our customers and for intellectual property holders, and it's a way to make sure all our contributors are held to the same rules.

If you have any questions or see an image that's an obvious violation of these rules, Contact Us. We'll do our best to remove or re-tag these images that violate these guidelines.

Note:For the most current version of this list, please visit Shutterbuzz.

Places & Landmarks:

30 St. Mary Axe (aka "The  Gherkin" and the "Swiss Re Building")

  • Located in London, UK
  • Designed by Lord Foster, Ken Shuttleworth, and Arup enqineers.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.
  • Cityscapes will be considered, as long as it is not the primary  subject of the image.  These images will be evaluated on a case by case  basis.

American Museum of Natural  History (AMNH)

  • Located in New York City.
  • Photography for personal use is allowed.
  • Tripods and lights may not be used.
  • Sale of photographs or reproductions are not allowed without Museum  permission.

Anton Gaudi Architecture including the Sagrada Familia

  • Located in Barcelona, Leon, and Cantabria.
  • Unacceptable for commercial or editorial use.

The Atomium

  • Located in Brussels, Belgium.
  • The building is a large model structure of an iron molecule.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.
  • Acceptable as editorial with a newsworthy caption.

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad  Museum

  • Professional photography is strictly prohibited without the written  permission of the Chief or Senior Curators.
  • Photographs are permitted for personal use only and are not to be  published anywhere (including personal web sites) without the expressed  written consent of the Museum.

Beijing National Stadium  (Bird's Nest Stadium)

  • Located in China.
  • The stadium is a large steel structure used throughout the 2008 Summer  Olympics.
  • Isolated images of the stadium are unacceptable for commercial use.
  • Images are acceptable as editorial with a newsworthy caption.

Beverly Hills Shield &  Sign

  • Unacceptable for commercial use.
  • Acceptable as editorial with a newsworthy caption.

Biltmore Estate

  • The logo, name, and image of Biltmore Estate are registered  trademarks.
  • They may not be used without permission from The Biltmore Company.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Blenheim Palace

  • Unacceptable for commercial & editorial use.

Boston Public Library

  • Library buildings may not be used as setting for photographs or as a  background for fashion models or advertisements which will be used for  commercial purposes.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

British Royal Residences

  • The royal residences include: Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, the  Palace of Holyrood, Kensington Palace and Clarence House.
  • Commercial photography is not allowed within the houses and grounds of  any of the royal residences without prior permission.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Busch Gardens

  • The name of two amusement parks located in Virginia and Florida.
  • Everything within the parks is protected and cannot be photographed  for commercial use.

Cadillac Ranch (art  installation)

  • Located in Amarillo, Texas
  • Created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Charging Bull (art  installation near Wall Street, NYC)

  • Located in Bowling Green Park near Wall Street in New York City.
  • Sculpture designed and owned by Arturo Di Modica.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Chrysler Building

  • Located on the east side of Manhattan in New York City.
  • Designed by architect William Van Alen for Walter P. Chrysler in 1928.
  • Unacceptable as an isolated standalone commercial use image.
  • Cityscapes will be considered, as long as the Chrysler Building is not  the primary subject of the image.  These images will be evaluated on a  case by case basis.

City of Arts and Sciences  (Ciudad De Las Artes Y Las Ciencias)

  • An entertainment based cultural and architectural complex located in  Valencia, Spain.
  • Designed by Santiago Calatrava & Felix Candela and inaugurated in  1998.
  • Unacceptable for commercial or editorial use.

Chatsworth House

  • A large country house located in Derbyshire, England.
  • A property release is required for the shooting of the interior of  Chatsworth House.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use without a property release.

Chicago Board of Trade

  • Established in 1848 and located in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Chicago Navy Pier

  • A long pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan with numerous  entertainment attractions.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

CN (Canadian National) Tower

  • Located in Toronto, Canada.
  • Owned by the Canada Lands Company.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.
  • Cityscapes will be considered, as long as the Tower is not the primary  subject of the image.  These images will be evaluated on a case by case  basis.

Crazy Horse Memorial

  • Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
  • The memorial is a monument in the form of a warrior, riding a horse  and pointing into the distance.
  • Unacceptable for commercial/editorial use.

"Cupid's Span" (art  installation)

  • Located in Rincon Park (The Embarcadero) in San Francisco, California.
  • Designed by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen in 2003.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Dartmouth College

  • Located in Hanover, New Hampshire.
  • The campus (including tower) are unacceptable for commercial use.

Dinosaur Museums

  • The term “dinosaur museums” pertains to types of museums that have  exhibits related to dinosaur fossils and models.
  • Photos for personal use are allowed.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Disneyland Resort

  • Theme Park & Resort complex located in Anaheim, California.
  • Unacceptable for commercial or editorial use.

Eiffel Tower

  • Located in Paris, France
  • Daytime shots are acceptable for commercial use.
  • Images depicting the Tower’s lighting design are unacceptable for  commercial use.

Empire State Building

  • Located in New York City.
  • Isolated images are unacceptable for commercial use.
  • Cityscapes will be considered, as long as the building is not the  primary subject of the image.  These images will be evaluated on a case  by case basis.

Flatiron Building

  • Located in New York City.
  • Isolated Images are unacceptable for commercial use.
  • Cityscape images will be considered, as long as the building is not  the primary subject of the image.  These images will be evaluated on a  case by case basis.

The Fremont Troll (aka 'The  Troll' or the 'Troll Under the Bridge')

  • Public art located in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington  in the United States.
  • The artists (Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter, and Ross  Whitehead) own the copyright and control commercial use of the Troll  images.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings

  • The architect Frank Lloyd Wright has designed numerous buildings in  the United States as well as a few in Japan.  Some of his most famous  buildings are:
    • Robbie House – located in Chicago, IL.
    • Fallingwater – located in Mill Run, PA.
    • Johnson Wax Headquarters – located in Racine, WI.
    • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – located in New York City.
    • Taliesin – located in Iowa County, WI.
    • Photography is only allowed for personal use.
    • Unacceptable for commercial use.

The Getty, The Getty Center,  & The J. Paul Getty Museum.

  • Getty prohibits commerical use of the Getty name and images of the  buildings and gardens.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Graceland

  • Home of Elvis Presley located in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Any commercial use must be cleared with Elvis Presley Enterprises,  Inc. in writing in advance.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use without written clearance.

Grand Ole Opry

  • Located in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Grauman’s Chinese Theater

  • Located in Los Angeles, California.
  • The theater is property of Weststar Real Estate.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Guggenheim Museum

  • Locations in New York City, Bilbao, Venice, Berlin, and Las Vegas.
  • Property of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
  • Unacceptable for editorial or commercial use.

Hearst Castle

  • Located in San Simeon, California
  • The Hearst Castle is property of the State of California.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Hollywood Sign

  • Located in Los Angeles, California.
  • The sign itself is trademarked.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • Located in Los Angeles, California.
  • The Walk of Fame is a Hollywood landmark protected by trademark.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

John Hancock Tower

  • Located in Boston, MA.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.
  • Cityscape images will be considered, as long as the building is not  the primary subject of the image.  These images will be evaluated on a  case by case basis.

Korean War Veterans Memorial  in Washington DC

  • Located in Washington DC.
  • Copyright owned by Cooper Lecky Architects & Louis Nelson.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Las Vegas Sign

  • Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO) currently owns the sign, and the  design itself is in the public domain.
  • Acceptable for commercial use.

The Little Mermaid Statue

  • Located in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Lincoln Memorial

  • The Lincoln Memorial is controlled by the National Park Service and  considered to be in the public domain for usage in royalty-free stock.
  • You do not obtain any rights to the Lincoln Memorial portion of any  image merely because it is included in your permitted derivative work.

London Underground  Symbols/Logo

  • Located in London, UK
  • The symbol & text are registered trademarks of Transport for  London.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

The "Lone Cypress"

  • Located in Pebble Beach, CA.
  • On property owned and managed by the Pebble Beach Company.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Longwood Gardens (DuPont  Gardens)

  • Longwood Gardens is located outside Philadelphia PA, and sometimes  referred to as the DuPont Gardens.
  • This garden offers 1,050 acres of gardens, meadows, and woodlands.  Only personal photography and video is permitted at Longwood Gardens.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Louisiana Superdome (aka  "Superdome", "The Dome", or the "New Orleans Superdome")

  • Located in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

The Louvre & IM Pei's  Pyramid

  • Located in Paris, France.
  • The largest museum in France and one of the largest museums in the  world.
  • Both the Louvre & IM Pei's Pyramid are trademarked designs.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Merlion of Singapore (Merlion  Park)

  • The Merlion of Singapore is protected by act of parliament and is a  registered trademark of the Singapore Tourism Board .
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Millennium Park (art  installations)

  • Located in Chicago, IL
  • The following art installations inside the park are trademarked  designs.
    • Cloud Gate aka "The Bean" (copyright owned by  Amish Kapoor)
    • The Crown Fountain (copyright owned by Jaume Plensa)
    • Lurie Gardens (copyright owned by Gustafson & Associates)
    • Jay Pritzker Pavilion (copyright owned by Frank Gehry)
    • BP Pedestrian Bridge (copyright owned by Frank Gehry)
    • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Millennium Wheel aka "London Eye"

  • Located in London, UK
  • The London Eye was designed by British Airways engineers.
  • Isolated images of the wheel are unacceptable for commercial use.
  • Cityscapes will be considered, as long as the Wheel is not the primary  subject of the image.  These images will be evaluated on a case by case  basis.

Milwaukee Art Museum

  • Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Images are only acceptable as editorial with appropriate editorial  captions.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

  • Located in Minneapolis, MN
  • Images taken in the sculpture garden are unacceptable for stock  (including editorial) due to copyright issues.

Modern Buildings

  • Images of isolated buildings with modern or recognizable architecture  are unacceptable for commercial use.
  • OK as part of a skyline.
  • Acceptable for editorial use with newsworthy caption.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

  • Located in Monterey, CA
  • Exterior & Interior shots (including animals in the exhibits) are  unacceptable for commercial use.

Mystic Aquarium &  Institute for Exploration

  • Located in Mystic, CT
  • The facility is an aquarium and oceanography institute that opened in  1973.
  • The aquarium is owned by the Sea Research Foundation.
  • Exterior & Interior shots (including animals in the exhibits) are  unacceptable for commercial use.

National Trust Properties, UK

  • The National Trust is an organization dedicated to the preservation of  historic monuments, buildings and places of historical interest or  natural beauty in the UK.
  • The National Trust does not permit photography or filming at its  properties for commercial use or for reproduction in any form without  prior written permission.

New York Stock Exchange aka  "NYSE" and American Stock Exchange

  • Stock exchanges located in lower Manhattan, New York
  • Exterior & Interior shots are unacceptable for commercial use.
  • Cityscapes will be considered, as long as the Exchange is not the  primary subject of the image.  These images will be evaluated on a case  by case basis.

Newport Mansions

  • A series of historical mansions located in Newport, Rhode Island.
  • Owned by The Preservation Society of Newport County.
  • Accredited by the American Association of Museums.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Oak Alley Plantation

  • This is a historic plantation located on the Mississippi River in  Louisiana.
  • Photographs are not allowed to be taken inside the home.
  • You are welcome to take any photography on the galleries or grounds  for personal use only.
  • Commercial use is permitted only with written permission from Oak  Alley Plantation.

The Pacific Exchange

  • Located in San Francisco, CA.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

The Peter the Great Statue

  • Located in Moscow, Russia.
  • Designed by Zurab Tsereteli & unveiled in 1997.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Pike Place Market

  • Located in Seattle, WA
  • "Public Market" & "Public Market Center" signage are trademarks of  the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Princeton University

  • Prior permission and arrangement is required for any Commercial  photography inside the Princeton grounds.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Rosslyn Chapel

  • Rosslyn Chapel near Edinburgh is famous for being mentioned in "The Da  Vinci Code" book and film.
  • Only personal photography on the premises is allowed.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame  and Museum

  • Located in Cleveland, OH
  • Exterior & Interior images (including exhibits) are unacceptable  for commercial use.

Rockefeller Center

  • Located in New York City.
  • All buildings, sculptures, and views (from "Top of the Rock") are  protected by license.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Sam Houston Statue

  • The Sam Houston Statue is a trademarked monument and requires a  property release for commercial photography. It is located on I-45 just  south of Huntsville, TX.
  • The statue stands as the world's tallest statue of an American hero at  67 feet tall.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

San Diego Zoo

  • Located in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
  • Images from the zoo (including animals, shows, and attractions) are  unacceptable for commercial use.

San Galgano Abbey

  • Abbey near Siena (Tuscany, Italy).
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Science World at Telus World  of Science

  • Located in Vancouver, BC  Canada
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Seattle International Fountain

  • The Seattle International Fountain is located in the middle of  “Seattle Center” located in Seattle, Washington.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use without property release.

SeaWorld

  • A chain of marine mammal parks with locations in Florida, California,  and Texas.
  • Owned by Busch Entertainment Corporation.
  • Images from the parks (including animals, shows, and attractions) are  unacceptable for commercial use.

Sistine Chapel

  • Located in Vatican City
  • Images (both interior & exterior) are unacceptable for commercial  and editorial use.

Shrine of Remembrance,  Melbourne

  • Located in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use without property release.

Smithsonian Institution

  • Located in Washington DC.
  • The world's largest museum complex with most of its facilities in  Washington, DC.
  • Shots of the Smithsonian building are unacceptable for commercial use.

Space Needle

  • Located in Seattle, WA.
  • Isolated images are unacceptable for commercial use.
  • Cityscapes will be considered, as long as it is not the primary  subject of the image.  These images will be evaluated on a case by case  basis.

Statue of Liberty

  • Located on Liberty Island in New York City.
  • The Statue of Liberty is controlled by the National Park Service and  is considered in the public domain for usage in royalty-free stock  imagery.

Swan Boats

  • The swan boats are located on the lake of the Boston Public Garden in  Boston, MA.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Sydney Opera House

  • A multi-venue performing arts center in Sydney, New South Wales,  Australia.
  • Conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jørn Utzon.
  • Isolated images are unacceptable for commercial use.
  • Cityscapes will be considered, as long as the Opera House is not the  primary subject of the image.  These images will be evaluated on a case  by case basis.

Taipei 101 (Taipei Financial  Center)

  • Located in Taiwan.
  • Isolated images are unacceptable for commercial use.
  • Cityscapes will be considered, as long as the building is not the  primary subject of the image.  These images will be evaluated on a case  by case basis.

Transamerica Pyramid

  • The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest and most recognizable  skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline.
  • Isolated images are unacceptable for commercial use.
  • Cityscapes will be considered, as long as the building is not the  primary subject of the image.  These images will be evaluated on a case  by case basis.

Tupperware Tower

  • The Tupperware Tower is a 100 foot tall tower made of plastic  Tupperware bowls.
  • It is located in Orlando, Florida at the corporate headquarters of the  Tupperware Company.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Universal Studios & Theme  Parks

  • A group of theme parks located in California, Florida, and Japan.
  • All logos, images, attractions, products, productions, movies,  characters and worldmarks are protected.
  • Images from the studios & theme parks are unacceptable for  commercial use.

University of Alabama

  • Photographing outside areas of the Campus does not require advance  permission,but photographers are expected to inform the office of  University Relations before taking photographs. Photographers are  required to get permission when photographing for commercial purposes.
  • Before photographing inside University Libraries buildings,  photographers must request permission from the Associate Dean for  Circulation and Information Services.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park  (including Ayer's Rock)

  • Located in the Northern Territory of Australia.
  • Unacceptable for commercial/editorial use.

Virginia House

  • Located in Richmond, VA.
  • The Virginia House requires a special property release from the  Virginia Historical Society.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use without a property release.

Walt Disney World Resort

  • The largest and most visited recreational resort in the world,  containing four theme parks, two water parks, 24 themed hotels, and  numerous shopping, dining, entertainment and recreational venues.
  • Located southwest of Orlando, FL.
  • Images from the entire resort are protected and are unacceptable for  commercial and editorial use.

Williamsburg (Colonial  Village)

  • Colonial Williamsburg is the historic district of Williamsburg, VA.
  • Images from the histroic district are protected (including  reenactments) and are unacceptable for commercial use.

Willis Tower (formerly  Sears Tower)

  • Located in Chicago, IL.
  • Isolated images are unacceptable for commercial use.
  • Cityscapes will be considered, as long as the Tower is not the primary  subject of the image.  These images will be evaluated on a case by case  basis.

Objects:

Airshows

  • Snowbirds (CAN), Blue Angels (US), Thunderbirds (US), The Red  Arrows(UK)
  • Images may be submitted as editorial.
  • Additional property release or credentials may be required.

Banknotes

  • Flat scans of banknotes (both U.S. & foreign) are unacceptable for  commercial use.

The British Concorde

  • Manufactured by the BAC (British Aircraft Corporation)
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Canadian Coins

  • The Royal Canadian Mint requires prior written permission for use of  its coin designs.
  • Unacceptable  for commercial use.

Cell Phones

  • Isolated images of cell phones are unacceptable for our  commercial/editorial collection.
  • Images are acceptable when the cell phone is not the main focus of the  image.  These images will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • Illustrations of cell phones must be submitted with a note explaining  that they are original designs.  These illustrations will be evaluated  on a case by case basis.

Devil Duckies

  • Devil duckies are copyrighted by Accoutrements, Inc.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

English Pound Banknotes

  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

English Pound Coins

  • Acceptable for commercial use as long as they are displayed in "good  taste".

Famous Trophies/Awards

  • Oscar award statue, Grammys, AMAs, Emmy etc.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Fonts

  • Isolated letterforms from commercial typefaces are unacceptable for  commercial use.
  • Images & vector designs incorporating fonts will be evaluated on a  case by case basis.

Game™ Brand Rubber Duckies

  • Rubber duckies and related products by the Game group have protected  product designs and cannot be resold in royalty-free stock imagery.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

The Green Dot (German  recycling symbol)

  • This symbol is controlled and operated by Duales System Deutschland  AG.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Indy 500 Race (logos)

  • Professional racing logos, locations and events are trademarked.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Marmalade Jar Shape (certain  jar labels & shapes)

  • Certain jar shapes & label designs are trademarked.
  • These images will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

McDonald's Arches

  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Mississippi, Delta Queen &  Natchez Paddle Steamers (Paddle Boats)

  • Some paddle steamers still operate on the Mississippi River.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Modern Maps

  • Maps should look as generic as possible.
  • Maps with distinguishable markers or symbols are unacceptable for  commercial use.

"Me to You Bears" (aka "Tatty  Teddy")

  • Bears are made by Carte Blanche Greetings Ltd.
  • A number of products are available including teddies, figurines,  cards, rugs, mugs and wedding accessories.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

NASA (including Visible Earth)

  • An online catalog of NASA images and animations (Visible Earth only).
  • Images obtained must be used in a creative manner & simple  isolations will not be accepted.
  • These will be reviewed & acceptance determined on a case by case  basis.

Olympics (Logo & Torch)

  • All Olympic logos and torches are trademarked designs.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police  (RCMP)

  • The letters "RCMP" and images of the uniform of Royal Canadian Mounted  Police (RCMP) are protected and cannot be used for commercial purposes  without the written authorization of the RCMP Intellectual Property  Office.
  • Unacceptable for commercial & editorial use.

Rubik's Cube

  • Protected by intellectual property laws throughout the world.
  • Protection includes any configuration, color, or shape even without a  logo.
  • Images (including derivative works) are unacceptable for commercial  use.

Samsung Phones

  • All Samsung cellular phones are protected by design patents.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Sheet Music

  • Unacceptable for commercial or editorial use.

Shinkansen (aka Japanese  Bullet Train)

  • A network of high-speed railway lines in Japan.
  • Operated by four Japan Railway Group companies.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Slinky

  • A metallic/plastic gravity toy.
  • Manufactured by the Poof company.
  • The Slinky design is protected.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Smiley Face

  • Smiley has been a registered trademark in some countries since 1971.
  • Smiley face submissions will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Stuffed Animals & Toys

  • The majority of stuffed animals & toys have copyright protection.
  • Isolated images are unacceptable for commercial use unless a property  release is obtained.
  • Images are acceptable where the toy is incidental to the composition.  These images will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse)

  • France's high-speed rail service.
  • Currently owned and operated by VFE.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Vehicles (Automobiles)

  • Isolated images of automobiles are unacceptable for commercial use.
  • Images are acceptable when the automobile is not the main focus of the  image.  These images will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Viewmaster

  • Viewmaster is trademark of Fisher-Price.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Brands:

Adidas

  • Logo, word, and 3-stripes design are all protected under trademark.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Airstream

  • The word "Airstream", as well as the design are registered trademarks  of Airstream, Inc.
  • Images will be considered where the vehicle is not the main focus of  the image.  These images will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
  • Isolated images are unacceptable for commercial use.

Apple

  • Apple designed products are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.
  • Vector designs & illustrations derivative of Apple products are  also unacceptable.

Boot Stitching

  • Certain manufacturers use elaborate and distinct stitching designs.
  • Isolated images featuring stitching are unacceptable for commercial  use.

Bluetooth

  • The Bluetooth word, mark, and logo are registered trademarks.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

“Little Trees” air freshener

  • These are disposable air fresheners in the shape on a stylized  evergreen tree.
  • The design is trademarked by the Car-Freshner Corporation.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.
  • Vector designs & illustrations derivative of the design are  unacceptable.

Caterpillar

  • Manufacturer of construction, mining equipment, diesel & natural  gas engines, and industrial gas turbines.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Coca-Cola products

  • Trademark & Patent belongs to The Coca-Cola Company.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Comics (DC and Marvel, etc.)

  • All characters, character names, logos, slogans, books, titles, and  related indicia are protected by trademark and copyright by DC Comics  and/or WildStorm Productions.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Crayola

  • Products, logo, name, and "crayon-swirl" are protected by copyright  and trademark.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Disney (logos and products)

  • Disney logos, products, characters, and word-marks cannot be used in  royalty-free images.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Department of Treasury Seal

  • The official seal, names and symbols of the US Department of Treasury  cannot be used.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

DVD Logo

  • The logo use is restricted to licensed manufacturers.
  • Images featuring the logo are unacceptable for commercial use.

FIFA World Cup Logo and  Trophies

  • The FIFA World Cup Trophy and logos are protected by copyright and  trademark of FIFA.
  • This includes the Official Emblem and the Official Mascots of the 2006  FIFA World Cup Germany.
  • May be used as editorial with an acceptable caption.
  • Additional property release or credentials may be required.

Firewire

  • Specific brand name of IEEE 1394 serial bus interface.
  • Symbol & logo is managed by Apple Inc.
  • Images featuring the logo are unacceptable for commercial use.

Garmin

  • Brand of international navigation and GPS equipment.
  • Images featuring Garmin equipment are unacceptable for commercial use.

Green Dot (Grüne Punkt)

  • The Green Dot consistes of  two green arrows forming a circle, one  lighter than the other.
  • This symbol is a recycling standard controlled and operated by Duales  System Deutschland AG (DSD).
  • Unacceptable for commercial use without a license from DSD.

Harley Davidson Motorcycles,  Logos and Products

  • Harley Davidson products, logos, insignias, names and/or keywords  cannot be used for Royalty-Free stock imagery.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Hershey Products (Hershey  Kiss)

  • Configuration of flag, shape, and foil wrap are registered trademarks.
  • Shots featuring it are unacceptable for commercial use.
  • Vector designs & illustrations derivative of the design are  unacceptable.

IBS Bibles

  • New International Version and NIV®, New International Reader's Version  and NIrV®, and Today's New International Version and TNIV® are  registered trademarks of IBS in the United States and other countries.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

John Deere Machinery (farming  equipment, unique green & yellow design)

  • Symbol, green & yellow color scheme are trademarks of Deere &  Company.
  • Shots featuring the machinery are unacceptable for commercial use.
  • Vector designs & illustrations derivative of the design are  unacceptable.

Las Vegas Skyline/Theme Hotels

  • All Las Vegas theme hotels and their recognizable buildings and parts  are strictly rights controlled and cannot be used in royalty-free stock  imagery.

Lego

  • Brand of construction toys.
  • Images featuring lego products (including bricks) are unacceptable for  commercial use.

LTI Black Taxi

  • The LTI Black Taxi design is protected by trademark by LTI Vehicles in  Coventry, England.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Mattel

  • Includes Barbies, Bratz, Fisher Price, and Hot Wheels.
  • Trademark & Patent belongs to the Mattel Corporation.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Major & Minor League  Sports Logo and Merchandise

  • No major or minor league logos, emblems, merchandise, colors, hats,  jerseys or even socks can be used for royalty-free imagery.
  • Major and minor league sport logos are protected by trademark.
  • MLB, NBA, NFL, PGA, MLS etc.
  • May be used as editorial with proper caption.
  • Proof of credential and/or property releases may be required.

Michelin

  • Brand of tires.
  • Images featuring Michelin tires are unacceptable for commercial use.

Peeps

  • Brand of marshmallow candies produced by the Just Born company.
  • Images featuring the Peeps brand of candies are unacceptable for  commercial use.
  • Vector designs & illustrations derivative of the design are  unacceptable for commercial use.

Pepsi

  • Carbonated soft drink produced and manufactured by PepsiCo.
  • All brands, designs, logos are protected by PepsiCo.
  • Images featuring the PepsiCo brand are unacceptable for commercial  use.

Polaroid

  • Brand of instant film cameras manufactured by the Polaroid  Corporation.
  • Shots featuring the camera are unacceptable for commercial use.
  • "Polaroid" cannot be used as a keyword or description for any image.

Red Cross & Red Crescent  Symbols

  • These symbols can only be used by the International Red Cross and Red  Crescent Movement.
  • They are internationally protected symbols.
  • Shots featuring the symbols are unacceptable for commercial use.
  • Vector designs & illustrations derivative of the symbols are  unacceptable.

Scrabble

  • SCRABBLE® is a registered trademark and all intellectual property  rights in and to the game are owned by Hasbro Inc. in the U.S.A and  Canada.
  • It is owned throughout the rest of the world by J.W. Spear & Sons  Limited of Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, a subsidiary of Mattel Inc.  Mattel and Spear are not affiliated with Hasbro.

US Military Service Badges

  • United States insignia of the military service are not allowed to be  used in royalty-free stock images.
  • This includes agency insignia, military decorations, golden eagles and  presidential seals. Other unit insignia in the form of patches, flags,  metal insignia, or other heraldric devices are also protected.

United States Playing Card  Company

  • Produces and distributes playing cards including: The BICYCLE®, BEE®,  AVIATOR®, HOYLE®, CLUB SPECIAL®
  • The Rider Back Design, the Diamond Back Design and the Goddess of  Liberty are registered trademarks of The United States Playing Card  Company in the United States and other countries.
  • Unacceptable for commercial use.

Events:

The Gates (art installation in  Central Park, NYC)

  • The Gates was an art exhibit that ran from February 12, 2005 through  February 27, 2005 in Central Park, New York City.
  • Images taken during this exhibit are unacceptable for commercial use.

Major League Sporting Events

  • Acceptable as editorial only, images cannot be used without proper  credentials/property releases.
  • Professional Racing logos, locations and events are trademarked.
  • Images are acceptable as editorial only with appropriate captions.

Pro Sports Teams &  Insignias

  • Images are acceptable as editorial only and cannot be used without  proper credentials/property release.

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AuthorAlexander Vijay Smith