New Stock Art Policy Jerome | March 3rd, 2010

The use of stock art has always been prohibited in crowdSPRING logo design projects.

Today we are announcing zero tolerance policy towards users who break this rule. Any creative who submits stock art to a logo project will have their account removed immediately and permanently along with all the work that s/he has submitted to any projects on cS.

Together with this policy change, we’ve revised the required disclosures in logo as well as logo/stationery projects to make this new policy crystal clear. The new disclosures are below (a designer is required to review and select one of the disclosures every time they upload a design in a logo and logo/stationery project).

If you want to report a stock art violation in a logo project, please use the violation report link located under any entries, or contact us please contact us.

We believe that this new policy will strengthen our community and help us to better serve buyers and their creative needs.

Thanks for your attention,

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  • o_O

    Heck yah!

    Good job crowdSPRING for eliminating any grey area between stock are and original. Buyers who don’t know better will especially benefit from this change.

  • o_O

    Heck yah!

    Good job crowdSPRING for eliminating any grey area between stock are and original. Buyers who don’t know better will especially benefit from this change.

  • rachelstene

    Niiice. Love it.

  • rachelstene

    Niiice. Love it.

  • Jeff Quigley

    Nice job guys. I love this incentive. You’ve managed to make Picky-Quig happy with this one. Just imagine the buyer who awards a project only to find out later that the logo contains clipart that’s been used a gazillion times – like that horrible parrot circa 1995 that showed up EVERYWHERE! I loathed that parrot…. :(

  • Jeff Quigley

    Nice job guys. I love this incentive. You’ve managed to make Picky-Quig happy with this one. Just imagine the buyer who awards a project only to find out later that the logo contains clipart that’s been used a gazillion times – like that horrible parrot circa 1995 that showed up EVERYWHERE! I loathed that parrot…. :(

  • sharon

    what is stock art?

  • sharon

    what is stock art?

  • Audree

    Sharon,

    Stock art is clip art that you can get from CD’s, software, and websites.

  • Audree

    Sharon,

    Stock art is clip art that you can get from CD’s, software, and websites.

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  • Grapherz

    good change but i have a question. if my design match with any stock image or i inspired with someone’s design and make my own with bit changes, so what is the rule for this situation??

  • Grapherz

    good change but i have a question. if my design match with any stock image or i inspired with someone’s design and make my own with bit changes, so what is the rule for this situation??

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  • http://sdhardie.tumblr.com Sheila

    How does this work when we design our own “stock art” and offer it on, for example, vectorstock.com? I can’t use my own “stock art” in my designs if it appears on my blog or another site? I am not referring to photographs here, but vector art, photoshop shapes & brushes, etc. Some clarification as to what you consider “stock art” would be helpful. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/rosskimbarovsky Ross Kimbarovsky

    If the design (or partial design) you use is offered for free or sale as stock, you cannot use it in a logo design, even if you designed the “stock”.

    The purpose of this policy is to promote originality in designs and to avoid situations of having identical and competing logo elements in the marketplace.

  • http://twitter.com/rosskimbarovsky Ross Kimbarovsky

    Many designers are inspired by other work, but inspiration is not the same as copying and if there’s a match to existing stock, even if you hand draw it, we’ll scrutinize it carefully but ultimately will disallow.

  • http://sdhardie.tumblr.com Sheila

    Thanks for the clarification. I’m still a little confused though…. Does this apply to brushes and shapes also? I mean the actual brush/shape files. If I make a particular shape myself, there is no guarantee that someone else hasn’t made something exactly like it. I just hope designers are given a chance to explain before being banned, because I have made some shapes that I use regularly, and I’m sure you could mistake some shapes for some found other websites, but I made these myself. Just hoping there is a bit of common sense prevailing. I really want to take part in these contests, but I can’t justify spending time drawing a circle or rounded rectangle point by point when I could just use a brush or shape to do it faster, you know? Thanks again for the info.

  • http://twitter.com/rosskimbarovsky Ross Kimbarovsky

    Sheila, we do our best to use common sense at all times. It’s tough to answer your question without more detail. Generally, brushes and shapes are small elements in a design and common shapes are natively available in most software – you typically don’t buy common shapes as stock. Ultimately, we focus on the originality of the design. As you no doubt understand, a design largely based on stock elements isn’t original. If you use brushes to create original work – we don’t have a problem with that. I hopt this helps.

  • http://sdhardie.tumblr.com Sheila

    It does. Thank you. :) Some other sites act as if we should be creating our own fonts, so I just wanted to be clear on the rules before I get started. Thanks again!

  • http://sdhardie.tumblr.com Sheila

    Just for one example, I have a thing for making silhouettes & illustrations out of my own photographs (interesting shapes, trees, flowers, kayaks, etc.) and, well, trees and plants look pretty similar to one another, as do kayaks, horses, etc. So I just want to be sure that I can use these, where appropriate, even though they may resemble another one like it elsewhere. Thanks for taking the time to explain. :)

  • Joannagrafic

    Hi
    Could you define what is the similarity?
    Where are the boundaries and how to identify?
    I cease to believe in zero tolerance Policy towards users who break this rule.

  • Binitnaulakhajain

    Dear Sir, I have not checked any stock Photograph just took an idea from my friend but i am not sure wether he had given me a stock idea. So, I would request you to kindly activate my account so that i may be able to post my own creatives

  • http://twitter.com/rosskimbarovsky Ross Kimbarovsky

    Please write to our support team (contact us in the top menu of any page on our site) if you have not done so already. 

  • Sewidy

     I do not understand why my acount inactive. explanation for me please?

  • http://twitter.com/rosskimbarovsky Ross Kimbarovsky

    We don’t discuss account issues publicly. If you have not already done so, please click “contact us” in the top menu of our site and our customer service team will be happy to help you.

  • rahul kumar

    Dear Sir, I have not checked any stock Photograph just took an idea. So, I would request you to Please kindly activate my account so that i may be able to post my own creatives.

  • http://twitter.com/rosskimbarovsky Ross Kimbarovsky

    Please click “contact us” on our site and work with our customer service team. We don’t discuss account issues publicly.

  • Rif_Joe

    if the buyer gives a picture of matter, can I trace them? ..
    and may I seek similar, then trace them?

  • http://twitter.com/crowdSPRING crowdSPRING

    You may not/should not use stock or clip art in a logo – whether you use as is, modify it slightly, or trace it.

  • elf

    yup… and these final case has happened to my design, so is there any solution please…?

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