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7.0 Legal Requirements

7.3 Architecture, Art & Performances

Architecture

Cityscapes and close-ups of generic-looking structures may be okay, depending on the situation. Unique or identifiable buildings/structures may not be acceptable as the main focus of an image, regardless of context. Museums, sporting and entertainment venues (both interior and exterior) are not acceptable without a release. As a general rule, places that charge admission fees usually require special permission and fees for commercial photography, which makes them problematic for RF licensing.

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Art (Paintings, Statues, Sculptures, etc.)

Any artwork – main focus or not – for which you are not the artist (creator) cannot appear in an image at iStock unless a property release from the artist (not the current owner) is included. Artwork located on public properties are not exempt from this rule.

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Performances, Shows & Plays

Commercial images of plays, ballets, operas, theatre, concerts, fashion shows, and similar performances may be prohibited or restricted. iStock can only accept generic images of performances of this kind, and requires property releases from the venue owners, the show creator(s) and model releases from the performers.

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Sports

We do not accept images of professional athletes, or athletes that appear to be professional, from any sporting events, such as games, races, practices, or promotional functions. Professional athletes are very protective of their likeness and the matter of recognizability becomes very important. For instance, individual pro baseball players all have their own particular way of positioning themselves to hit the ball, of running and standing, even of how they wear their uniform. Just because you are not showing a face or number does not mean the athlete is unrecognizable. Models wearing generic clothing playing sports may be acceptable.

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