copyright free images

Discussion in 'Car Pictures' started by SuperSonic, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. when images are released by a car company are they copyrighted? or are they in the public domain? where can I find car images that have no copyright.

    for instance where does get its images from.

    thanks for any help.
  2. #2 Peloton25, Jun 13, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 25, 2016
    Every image is covered by copyright. It just depends on what the copyright holder chooses to allow. In the case of the press photos that car companies release, publishing them is certainly allowed but I suspect if you printed up t-shirts, posters or calendars using them and were trying to sell them for a profit you might run into trouble.

    Some manufacturers seem to care more about what happens with their press photos than others. A few years back Porsche sent a letter to and told them to remove all their images from the website. I believe they were upset about DS's practice of releasing the Media Resolutions images to everyone and anyone who wanted them.

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    03/15/2006 11:13 AM
    To: [email protected]
    Subject: Use of Porsche Photographs

    Dear Sir or Madam:

    It has been brought to our attention that you are displaying numerous photographs owned by Porsche Cars North America and Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG (collectively, Porsche ), on the website you maintain at for reproduction and distribution. As you are likely aware, Porsche is the owner of the copyrights in the photographs Porsche distributes including, all of the photographs contained on Porsche's website. The fact that you are not charging money and asking for donations is irrelevant to copyright infringement. Your unauthorized reproduction and distribution of Porsche's photographs is a clear violation of Porsche's exclusive rights under Section 106 of the U.S. Copyright Act and as such, constitutes copyright infringement under Section 501 of the Act. If a court were to find that your unauthorized reproduction and distribution of Porsche's photographs is a violation of Section 501 of the U.S. Copyright Act, Porsche is entitled to recover from you its actual damages as well as any profits that you have generated in connection with such infringing activities (i.e., paid advertisements on your website). Furthermore, the court may order the destruction of all copies that have been made in violation of Porsche's exclusive rights including all masters, tapes and other articles by which such copies may be reproduced.

    In addition, you are displaying photographs of automobiles in the top quarter of your website and the photograph changes to a PORSCHE® 911® automobile. Such use of our trade dress is a violation of our trademark rights. The shape of the PORSCHE® 911® automobile is a federally registered trademark with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Furthermore, the law is well settled that Porsche has protectable trade dress rights in the distinctive shapes of its automobiles. Liquid Glass Enterprises, Inc., v. Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America, Inc. 8 F.Supp. 2d 398 (D.N.J. 1998). In Liquid Glass, Judge Barry preliminarily enjoined Liquid Glass from using photographs of a PORSCHE 911 in its advertisements for car care products "because Liquid Glass wanted to usurp Porsche's reputation and strength and persuade consumers that Liquid Glass produces high quality products. Stated somewhat differently, Liquid Glass wanted to cash in on the good will that Porsche has worked hard to create and maintain by aligning itself with Porsche."

    Because it is possible that you were unaware of the significant liability you would incur as a result of your unauthorized reproduction and distribution of Porsche's photographs, Porsche is willing to forego any claim of damages if you provide us with written confirmation by April 15, 2006 that you have removed all of the Porsche photographs from your website (i.e., all photographs that originated from Porsche) and that you agree not to subsequently reproduce and/or distribute any photographs owned by Porsche without the express written permission of Porsche.

    However, if we do not receive a response from you or if you are unwilling to comply with our requests, Porsche will pursue all available legal remedies, including an award of damages. Therefore, if you wish to settle this matter amicably, please provide us with your written assurance, that you have complied with our requests.

    Laura Malone
    Trademark Paralegal

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    BASTARDS!!! <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/angry.gif"></A>

    Anyway - your mileage may vary.

  3. #$%#ing lol @ "damages" what damages Porsche? How is a website going to hurt your company AT ALL?
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  5. That's a nice e mail ... Do you think they will sue me for replacing porsche by jm imaging ? :D
  6. what

    damages include loss of revenue because they can't charge a licensing fee to use their images
  7. they own it!

    dont act like you wouldn't charge damages for america's dis-use of the word "cajun"
  8. this is an old thread. can anyone direct me to a site that has press images media pictures) I found a site before but have lost the link.


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