Photo rejected because it has brand in main focus

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TheShihan
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Posted Sat Sep 28, 2013 1:22AM

I've submitted a photo of a search engine in a browser window with the URL also visible in the top left corner:


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It got rejected yesterday with the following reason:


"This file includes, as the main focus, content that may be subject to copyright protection. We regret that it cannot be licensed in our Editorial collection."


And they said I should read: http://www.istockphoto.com/article_view.php?ID=939&sp_rid=&sp_mid=4538780#11


And when I read that page it says: "We will not accept images of protected logos and corporate branding where the logo is the sole content of the image. Images where the logo is included in a larger context are acceptable."


So now I'm thinking if I should open a scout ticket because the logo is not the sole content of the image and also it is in a wider context (with the search field and button also present and even the address bar of the browser).


What do you think?


 
dorioconnell
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Posted Sat Sep 28, 2013 4:55AM
Sorry, this type of files are not acceptable into our editorial collection for some time now. The logo is the main focus here.
photogearch
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Posted Sat Oct 26, 2013 5:00PM
Posted By dorioconnell:
Sorry, this type of files are not acceptable into our editorial collection for some time now. The logo is the main focus here.



However, if searching iStock collection for any well-known firm name - there certainly will be numerous images showing nothing except a logo of that firm (leaving aside the fragment of the wall holding that logo or something like that).

What about other than logos copyrighted content as the main focus? Such explanation of the reason of rejection tells me that not only logos but any copyrighted content cannot be the main subject of an editorial image. However, I believe, that the "Mountain Dew Bottle Isolated" example presented at http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=352137 which iStock sent to me as the reference for writing editorial captions correctly when rejecting a file for the incorrect caption reason, is nothing else than an ultimate example of an image, which "has as the main focus, content that may be subject to copyright protection" and even with absolutely no "traditional editorial" sense/value - it is not related to any event, news, etc.

The situation looks to be confusing to me: observation shows that such images are allowed, experience (caused by that obsevation) tells that it is not true. I suppose there could be some policy changes and now I know that there is a special explanation about logos, thank you.

I am uncertain about the policy related to other other than logos copyrighted content: the formulation of that rejection reason looks to be generic and makes me thinking that any copyrighted content is not allowed as the main focus of an editorial image. Which contradics with the isolated bottle example, while the mentioned explanation is devoted practically exclusively to the logos matter.
In other words: will a photograph of such a bottle be currently accepted or rejected? If such an image has to be rejected - one should remove that example as confusing, I believe. If such an image (copyrighted bottle as the main focus, isolated) can be accepted - the formulation about "copyrighted subject as the main focus" is confusing, I believe.

(Edited on 2013-10-27 03:30:38 by photogearch)
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