Can you use clip art or stock art in your logos?

In short: NO.

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

crowdSPRING has a 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.

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 here

If you don't have rights to your design (because you are using stock and this is not legally allowed), you harm the client, yourself, crowdSPRING and our entire community. Such action not only violates crowdSPRING's Standards of Conduct for Creatives and User Agreement, but you also expose yourself to legal risk.

Many designers assume that they can freely use royalty-free images purchased on sites like in their designs. While it may be appropriate and lawful to use royalty-free images in most graphic design projects (please carefully read the license rights so that you understand whether you have the legal right to use the image), there are often specific restrictions on using royalty-free images for logo design.

For example, iStockphoto prohibits the use of any royalty-free images purchased from their site for logo designs. This is stated very clearly in section 4(a)(4) of the iStockphoto license: "You may not … use any of the Content as part of a trade-mark, design-mark, trade-name, business name, service mark, or logo."

Here at crowdSPRING we require all work in logo projects to be original. This means you have to create everything in your entry yourself. Tracing a photo you did not take is not allowed. Using a font with illustrations is not allowed. Many of these illustrations are also sold separately as stock images. 

Last updated: 8-Feb-16 7:34 p.m. GMT

Tags: art, clip, disclaimer, disclose, logo, original, photo, stock

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