Art

Icons, Brand Names & Logos

Icons, brand names and logos must always be tagged as “editorial” on Colourbox. Examples: Vector of Amazon’s logo as an icon, photo of a woman holding a coffee mug with the Starbucks logo, a bag with the name “Chanel” clearly visible and in focus, a child wearing sneakers with Addidas stripes etc. = always editorial. 

Paintings & Other Works of Art

Works of art (paintings, statues etc) are copyright/trademark-protected by the original artist. Any content featuring underlying artwork subject to copyright cannot be categorised as royalty-free material. If it is pictured in a larger context, it can be used as editorial content. Please note that some art is illegal to shoot, e.g. the Sistine Chapel at […]

Books, Music Sheets & Other Items

Images/footage taken of books, maps/globes and music sheets have specific policies and you should always do your research. Images/footage taken of books are editorial if the cover or pages are visible. However, if taken from afar or if the cover art or pages are not visible, the images/footage can then be used as royalty-free content. […]

Museums

As museums usually contain valuable and famous pieces of art, they have their own policies when it comes to photos and copyright protection. Some images taken at or in museums may not be sold as neither royalty-free nor editorial:  City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad De Las Artes Y Las Ciencias) Interior and exterior images/footage […]

Cartoons & Figurines

Photos of unique and original figurines are not to be used as royalty-free content. Many figurines are rights-protected and only suitable for sale on Colourbox as editorial material – excepting copyrighted work. Due to their copyrights, some images of figurines are only allowed to be used as editorial content and must always be tagged as editorial, e.g. the following […]

Statues & Sculptures

Many statues are famous landmarks and therefore under copyright protection. Photos of such statues cannot be defined as royalty-free material, but they might be used as editorial content. You should always do your research before sharing photos of statues and sculptures as some of them have very strict rules.  The Little Mermaid The Little Mermaid […]

Designer Clothing

Photos featuring recognizable brands, patterns or colors cannot be catagorized as royalty-free material. They can, however, be defined as editorial content. Some brands are not allowed for sale, royalty-free and editorial, on Colourbox, e.g. Burberry products.  Burberry Images of Burberry products (the black, tan, and red pattern) are unacceptable on Colourbox as both commercial and editorial material.

Graffiti

Street art is protected under the same laws as other artwork and therefore it is copyright/trademark protected by the original artist. Any content featuring underlying artwork subject to copyright cannot be categorised as royalty-free material. If it is pictured in a larger context, it can be used as editorial content.

Maps, Globes & Atlases

Any photo, vector or video featuring a map or globe is subject to copyright protection and is therefore not to be used on our site. Maps or globes that are in the public domain (overviews, city guides etc.) can be used as both royalty-free or editorial material, depending on the individual map.  Maps and globes created […]