Given iStock’s size in the marketplace, I imagine there’ll be thousands of uploads. Wouldn’t that need a boat-load of copyright policing?
“We are placing the burden of checking for trademark-ability on the client.”
Oh. I see.
That’s a big burden. And while many designers won’t do a trademark search (that’s where trademark lawyers come in) what they will do is conduct weeks, possibly months, of research into the client’s market, competitors, history, goals etc. So if there’s a decent chance of copyright infringement, it can be picked up early.
One thing I’ve learned during my years as a designer is that a logo in isolation is like lipstick on a pig. It needs to be treated as part of an overall identity strategy, not picked off a shelf. This is no different from the “make your own logo” websites out there, or the logo contest spec work sites that harbour an equal amount of “design” nastiness.
iStock’s actions shouldn’t make designers worry
Many a professional photographer succeeds despite stock photography, but I am concerned for those small business owners who will undoubtedly find themselves in the middle of a legal battle, and for those professional designers who will undoubtedly find their work copied time and again by hacks looking for a quick five bucks.
Good time to be a trademark lawyer.
- AIGA President Debbie Millman, “What iStock is doing to designers is deplorable. Truly heinous.” Via Twitter
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- iStockphoto to sell stock logos
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- $5 Reward for Stock Logos
- iStockphoto to begin selling stock logos
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- If you find yourself uncontrollably compelled to upload a logo, go for it