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Jessica A. Eik
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/20/2006


Is having items in a shot with branding or trademarks against the rules? I'm doing a domestic series & of course there are lots of branded items in my shots. Just don't want to waste anyone's time here in case they aren't allowed, and am having a tough time trying to find something in the rules about this. They are not deliberate product placements, just things anyone might have in the kitchen or around the house that happen to be labeled (cans of food, teas, frozen dinners, etc.). Thanks in advance!

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3/20/2008 7:37:59 PM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  It depends on the usage of the photographs. Talk to a lawyer in your area who specializes in intellectual property and trademarks which are another way of write-protecting corporate property, trade and brand names, logos, designs, etc. The placement, whether deliberate or not, doesn't matter really. It's HOW the work depicting the mark is used.
Take it light ;>0.

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3/20/2008 8:43:40 PM

Michael Skelton  . 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/16/2006
  There is no law against taking shots of Logos or tradesmakes . What maybe against the law is how you intend on using the photograph. For more on this issue and the large gray area that goes with it , you can start at this website

Best of Light !!!

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3/21/2008 5:00:14 AM

Jessica A. Eik
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/20/2006
  Thanks. Actually, I was asking if it was against the rules of the BP contests. I know it's not against the law in general, and I'm am amateur with no plans right now to sell anything because I'm not at that stage yet. So, to rephrase my question - is it against BP's rules to have branded items appearing in their contests?

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3/21/2008 7:48:44 AM

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