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Would someone please post the list of metrics by which pictures are judged in order to be approved for stock?

I ask as I am seeing commercial logos on pictures with no specification of how it may be used.

Pictures taken at commercial sites that are very well known for not allowing these pictures to be sold.

There is even a picture of the Eiffel Tower at night!

This is stock photography 101 guys
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I'm also seeing a lot of well-known trademarks, logos and recognizable brand/logos in the stock photos. I'm not sure about the restrictions on easily recognizable symbols/mascots from companies that are no longer in business -- such as the "Goddess of Speed" hood ornament that was the mascot for Pachard (I LOVE that hood ornament!) -- or other brand names on antiques. But you cannot sell a stock photo containing any brand name of an existing company without that company's permission. Not a wine label, or a soft drink, or an automobile, or a toy, or even the classic "smiley face." You cannot even sell a photo of a Barbie Doll or other Mattel toy as a stock photo, even if you own it. You also cannot sell a stock photo that contains a shape that is recognizable in connection with a trademark/logo -- for example, a street scene that happens to contain the "golden arches." Interestingly, you can sell a photo of the Eiffel Tower as stock if it is shot during the day -- but you cannot sell a photo of the Eiffel Tower if it is shot at night, as Will pointed out above.

There are also LOADS of well-known landmarks, university campuses, public buildings, museums, gardens and even zoos that have restrictions on commercial photography. Stock photos are commercial photography. You can find a (not so) short list of some of the restricted subjects here:
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And also I'm amused to see photos for stock (selling) that are shot on the street, with planty of recognizable faces (like people walking by, or people riding a rollercoaster) and I'm quite sure the photographer doesn't have model release of every recognizable face :)

To tell you the truth, I expected from people who are going to aprove photos for selling on this site, to at least browse other similar stock sites so they can see what is acceptable for selling and what is not...and in what circumstances :)
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Thanks for pointing this out. Here's a summary of our process:
1) When we approve a contributor we look only at 5 images. Assuming all of those images are good and follow our guidelines (located at: then we will approve them
2) After a contributor is approved 100% of the images they submit are automatically approved. It is their responsibility to
3) We will quickly review all images submitted each day to assure that our guidelines are followed. If an approved contributor submits an image that does not fall into our guidelines then we will reject the image and issue the contributor a warning (you can read more about warnings on the document above).

Our stock offering is very new and we are not expecting many purchases until we have a large enough database to be attractive to buyers. It is growing very rapidly however and with the addition of stock search next week we will be in a position to begin to market the images. Over the next week we will be reviewing all submitted images and handing out warnings to those who have violated the guidelines.

I'm not overly concerned at the moment that we have images for sale that have trademarked logos for 2 reasons: 1) we will remove them in the coming weeks 2) it unlikely that any stock buyer would buy such an image. As you say - it's stock 101.

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