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Is it ok to use Stock Images in your Logo?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by R3negade, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. R3negade

    R3negade Registered Member

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    Hey guys,

    I'm making a simple logo for my web business. I've been looking at multiple stock imagery websites like shutterstock and found some images I really like that I want to merge together and then use photoshop/text editing software to put the name of my business on it.

    Are there any legal problems doing this or any downside? I do plan on keeping this temporarily since down the road it would be strange to see other business owners with a very similar logo :dontknow:.

    Once my business takes off, I'll hire someone to make the logo professionally.

    Any personal experience/advice you guys have will be much appreciated.
     
  2. stretch361

    stretch361 Junior Member

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    Assuming you are buying the images, yeah, you can do whatever you want.

    You could always just have someone off fiverr make you a logo. Some of the designers actually make pretty good logos for $5.
     
  3. manking

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    There's always a small chance of legal action taken against you(if you are not buying images), but you could buy a logo from fiverr for five bucks
     
  4. sitestem

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    Agree with the fiverr, although you've still got to be careful as a lot of the vector images used aren't always licensed.
     
  5. Beven

    Beven Elite Member

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    In the past I've purchased many logo design services on Fiverr and I've never been happy with the results.
     
  6. growbrew

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    You should secure a license for any 3rd party material you use. Unless it has a Creative Commons license without a non-commercial and non-derivative clause, you'll have to pay for it. That is the legal side of it, and I usually play this way. But in practice, you'll get away with using unlicensed material while your business is small. Just check that what you're using is not super-popular material distributed by a super-popular licensor (such as Getty Images, these guys can actually take legal actions against you).
     
  7. sitestem

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    Depends what you're looking for. It's clear that most of them haven't taken much time to produce, but they're much better than anything I could make and for the purpose I need them for they're ideal. Certainly not corporate-standard, but good enough for small sites. Of course, it's not impossible to come across a poor design, it's Fiverr after all...
     
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    I've used images from google with no bad effects. One could argue that they are in the Public Domain.
     
  9. Asif WILSON Khan

    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Premium Member

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    One would be incorrect but is is unlikely (but still possible) that action would be taken.
     
  10. igniteimages

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    As mentioned above complete rubbish - there isn't such a concept.

    The absolutely worst type of organisation to 'steal' an image from is a stock site.

    They do everything in their power to look for copyright infringement.
     
  11. StuartWalker

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    If you BUY the stock image then it's OK to use for your logo. If you steal them then it's not OK.

    Using Fiverr is all well and good BUT often Fiverr sellers use copyright images themselves so be careful of that.

    With a lot of stock images there are conditions such as image can only be used in free publications etc so make sure you check the rules first.

    I use PhotoDune and get images for $1.
     
  12. mickyfu

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    If you copy a stock image from Google, how do they actually know you copied it and did not pay for it?
     
  13. nethead01

    nethead01 Regular Member

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    exactly, what if your logo designer used a stock photo, how the hell they gonna know?
     
  14. igniteimages

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    best place to buy logo is on fiverr
     
  16. Numbuh362

    Numbuh362 Elite Member

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    Yes you can be sued. It's best to spend $5 on fiverr. I got a decent logo made that I'm very happy with, looks great.
     
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    If you use an image for a logo then pay for it and check for any licensing restrictions as well associated with the image.
     
  18. rabbitking

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    I never had an issue using stock images for my business. If you are really worried about it then just pay
    for the stock images and you are good to go.

    -RK
     
  19. neuroplastic

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    Yea...check out fiverr if youre on a budget. You would be surprised what they can do for $5
     
  20. smartalex

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    Nah, as long as you purchase it legally.

    But remember though, that stock photos can be big turnoffs for your prospective customers.