Learn about some known properties that are not acceptable in images or videos submitted to Adobe Stock.

This resource is designed to inform and educate our contributors about common subjects whose image may not be acceptable due to intellectual property, privacy, and/or private property rights. The information presented here is updated periodically, not all-inclusive, and not intended to be a complete nor accurate understanding of all applicable IP issues, which may differ depending on how a subject is depicted (e.g., incidental inclusion, context, location of shoot). Please consult your legal counsel on specific legal questions.

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The table below is color coded. Refer to the table key for details of color coding.

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NO The named subject is protected under standard copyright, trademark, and/or privacy & publicity laws and is unacceptable for commercial use.
CITYSCAPE Photos of the named subject are unacceptable for commercial use. Cityscape, skyline, or vista photos may be acceptable if no single building is the primary subject.
EXTERIOR Photos of the building exterior may be acceptable if taken from public property. Photos taken on private property, including the interior, are restricted.
PERMISSION Special permission is required to take any photos of this subject or their standard photography license is limited (and standard property releases are therefore unacceptable). Additional documentation is required for commercial use. Refer to the notes for known details.
YES A rare case where the named subject is unrestricted and acceptable for commercial use. Refer to the notes for known details.
See notes For any keys not captured in the rows above, see the notes corresponding to the individual entries.

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Amusement Park

Name City State/Province Country Rights Holder Commercial Notes
Busch Gardens Tampa Tampa Florida USA   NO  
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg Virginia USA   NO  
Disney Theme Parks     World   NO  
Edo Wonderland Nikko Tochigi Japan   NO Photography for personal use only.
SeaWorld     USA   NO  
Universal Studios     USA   NO  

 

Architecture

Name City State/Province Country Rights Holder Commercial Notes
30 St. Mary Axe London England United Kingdom Lord Foster, Ken Shuttleworth, and Arup engineers NO aka “The Gherkin” and “Swiss Re Building”
Antoni Gaudí buildings   Catalonia Spain Antoni Gaudí NO  
Atomium Brussels   Belgium SABAM & Atomium asbl NO Protected by Belgian copyright law.
Bahrain World Trade Center Manama Capital Governorate Bahrain   CITYSCAPE  
Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest) Beijing   China Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Mueron CITYSCAPE 2008 Summer Olympics
Burj Al Arab Hotel Dubai   United Arab Emirates Tom Wright CITYSCAPE  
Burj Khalifa Dubai   United Arab Emirates Adrian Smith CITYSCAPE The tallest skyscraper in the world since 2010. Photographs of the interior require property release.
Canton Tower Guangzhou Guangdong China   CITYSCAPE Tallest tower in the world from 2009 to 2011
Casa Milà (aka "La Pedrera") Barcelona Catalonia Spain Antoni Gaudí NO Protected by trademarks.
Cathedral of Brasília   Brasília Brazil Oscar Niemeyer NO  
Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista Mongo Ticino Switzerland Mario Botta NO The mountain church of Saint John the Baptist
Chrysler Building New York City New York USA William Van Alen CITYSCAPE  
City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) Valencia   Spain Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela NO Includes L'Hemisfèric and El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, among others.
City of Science and Industry (Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie) Paris   France   CITYSCAPE Includes La Géode, among others.
CN (Canadian National) Tower Toronto Ontario Canada   CITYSCAPE Tallest tower in the world from 1975 to 2007
Eiffel Tower Paris Île-de-France France SETE - illuminations Pierre Bideau DAYTIME Images depicting the illuminations and lighting designs are protected by copyright. Only daytime photos without lighting are acceptable for commercial use.
Elbe Philharmonic Hall (Elbphilharmonie) Hamburg Germany Herzog & de Meuron CITYSCAPE
Empire State Building New York City New York USA   CITYSCAPE  
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay Marina Bay   Singapore   CITYSCAPE  
Fallingwater Mill Run Pennsylvania USA Frank Lloyd Wright NO Private property and photography for personal use only.
Frank Lloyd Wright works     World Frank Lloyd Wright NO All architectural works by Frank Lloyd Wright are protected.
Hallgrímskirkja Hallgrimur Reykjavik Iceland Guðjón Samúelsson NO  
Hundertwasserhaus Vienna   Austria Friedensrech Hundertwasser & Josef Krawina NO  
InterActiveCorp (IAC) New York City New York USA Frank Gehry NO  
John Hancock Tower Boston Massachusetts USA   CITYSCAPE  
Johnson Wax Headquarters Racine Wisconsin USA Frank Lloyd Wright NO Photography for personal use only.
KölnTurm (Cologne Tower) Cologne   Germany   CITYSCAPE  
La Géode Paris Île-de-France France Adrien Fainsilber and Gérard Chamayou CITYSCAPE A mirror-finished geodesic dome at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie (City of Science and Industry)
La Grande Arche de la Defense Puteauz Île-de-France France   CITYSCAPE  
Las Vegas skyline and theme hotels Las Vegas Nevada USA   NO The rights to all Las Vegas hotels and interiors are controlled. Cityscapes of the Las Vegas strip are unacceptable.
Le Corbusier     France Le Corbusier NO Architecture and product designs by Le Corbusier are protected.
Lincoln Center New York City New York USA LCPA NO  
London Eye London England United Kingdom   CITYSCAPE aka "Millennium Wheel"
London Heathrow Airport London England United Kingdom   NO  
Mannesmann-Hochhaus Düsseldorf   Germany Paul Schneider-Esleben NO Formerly the Vodafone-Hochhaus building.
Millau Viaduct Millau-Creissels Midi-Pyrénées France Norman Foster NO Tallest bridge in the world since 2004
Montgomery Plaza Fort Worth Texas USA   NO  
National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) Beijing Xicheng China Paul Andreu CITYSCAPE  
Nationale-Nederlanden Prague   Czech Republic Frank Gehry &Vlado Milunić CITYSCAPE aka "The Dancing House"
Oral Roberts Prayer Tower Tulsa Oklahoma USA Frank Wallace NO  
Oscar Niemeyer architecture     Brazil Oscar Niemeyer NO  
Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur   Malaysia César Pelli and Djay Carico CITYSCAPE  
Pont de Normandie Le Havre-Honfleur Normandy France Michel Virlogeux NO Copyrighted under French law.
Reichstag dome Berlin   Germany Norman Foster NO  
Robie House Chicago Illinois USA Frank Lloyd Wright NO Photography for personal use only.
Rosslyn Chapel Roslin Scotland United Kingdom   NO Photography for personal use only. This is the chapel from "The Da Vinci Code"
Sagrada Família Barcelona Catalonia Spain Antoni Gaudí NO The structure is trademarked.
Shanghai Tower Lujiazui Pudong China   NO Tallest building in China since 2013
Shard of Glass London England United Kingdom Renzo Piano CITYSCAPE Tallest skyscraper in the EU since 2013. Photos from The View require permission.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York City New York USA Frank Lloyd Wright NO Photography for personal use only.
Sony Center in Potsdamer Platz Berlin   Germany   CITYSCAPE  
Space Needle Seattle Washington USA Edward E. Carlson and John Graham, Jr. CITYSCAPE  
Spinnaker Tower Portsmouth England United Kingdom   CITYSCAPE  
Sydney Opera House Sydney   Australia Jørn Utzon CITYSCAPE  
Taipei 101 Taipei   Taiwan C.Y. Lee CITYSCAPE  
Taliesin Iowa County Wisconsin USA Frank Lloyd Wright NO Photography for personal use only.
TCL Chinese Theatre Hollywood California USA TCL Corporation NO fka Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Tokyo Skytree Sumida Tokyo Japan   CITYSCAPE Tallest tower in the world since 2011
Tokyo Tower Minato Tokyo Japan Nippon Denpato CITYSCAPE Tokyo Tower is protected by several trademarks.
Torre Agbar Barcelona Catalonia Spain Jean Nouvel CITYSCAPE  
Torre Europa Madrid   Spain   CITYSCAPE  
Torre Picasso Madrid   Spain   CITYSCAPE  
Transamerica Pyramid San Francisco California USA   CITYSCAPE  
Tsutenkaku Tower   Osaka Japan Tsutenkaku Kanko CITYSCAPE The tower is protected by trademarks.
Velodrom cycling arena Berlin   Germany   CITYSCAPE  
Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles California USA Music Center NO  
Wrigley Building Chicago Illinois USA   CITYSCAPE  

 

Art

Name City State/Province Country Rights Holder Commercial Notes
Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red London England United Kingdom Paul Cummins & Tom Piper NO Art installation consisting of 888,246 ceramic red poppies in the moat of the Tower of London
BP Pedestrian Bridge Chicago Illinois USA Frank Gehry NO  
Bruce Lee Statue Tsim Sha Tsui   Hong Kong   NO  
Cadillac Ranch (art) Amarillo Texas USA Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez, and Doug Michels NO  
Charging Bull New York City New York USA Arturo Di Modica NO Located in Bowling Green Park near Wall Street in New York City
Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) Rio Rio de Janeiro Brazil Paul Landowski CITYSCAPE  
Cloud Gate Chicago Illinois USA Amish Kapoor NO aka "The Bean"
Crazy Horse Memorial Black Hills South Dakota USA Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation NO Protected by copyright and located on private property.
Crown Fountain Chicago Illinois USA Juame Plensa NO  
Cupid's Span San Francisco California USA Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen NO A sculpture on the Rincon Park (The Embarcadero)
Fremont Troll Seattle Washington USA Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter, & Ross Whitehead NO aka "The Troll" or "Troll Under the Bridge"
Grand Central Terminal - 42nd Street clock New York City New York USA Jules-Felix Coutan NO The 42nd Street clock and Main Concourse clock are unacceptable for commercial use.
Grand Central Terminal - Main Concourse clock New York City New York USA Henry Edward Bedford NO The 42nd Street clock and Main Concourse clock are unacceptable for commercial use.
Jay Pritzker Pavilion Chicago Illinois USA Frank Gehry NO  
Kobe Luminarie Kobe Hyogo Japan   NO  
Little Mermaid (statue) Copenhagen   Denmark Edvard Eriksen NO  
Lurie Garden Chicago Illinois USA Gustafson & Associates NO  
Manneken Pis statue Brussels   Belgium   NO  
Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) Arlington Virginia USA Felix de Weldon NO  
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Washington D.C. USA   NO  
Millennium Park art Chicago Illinois USA   NO  
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Minneapolis Minnesota USA   NO  
Peter the Great Statue Moscow   Russia Zurab Tsereteli NO  
Spiral Jetty Rozel Point Utah USA Robert Smithson NO  
Spoonbridge and Cherry Minneapolis Minnesota USA Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen NO  
Standing Glass Fish Minneapolis Minnesota USA Frank Gehry NO  
Statue of Liberty Liberty Island New York USA Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi YES Only the original statue is acceptable for commercial use. Replicas may be copyrighted.
Statue of Liberty replica Las Vegas Nevada USA Robert Davidson NO The "Western Lady Liberty" is a half-size replica at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino. The design of the face and body was modified and therefore an original work, protected by copyright.
Swan Boats at Boston Public Garden Boston Massachusetts USA Robert Paget NO  
Tower of the Sun     Japan   NO  
Weltzeiter world clock Berlin Mitte Germany Hans-Juoachim Kunsch NO  
Worker and Kolkhoz Woman Moscow   Russia Vera Mukhina NO  

 

Design IP

Name City State/Province Country Rights Holder Commercial Notes
Absolut Vodka bottle     Sweden Pernod Ricard NO The Absolut bottle design is the trademark of Pernod Ricard, even without logos.
Airstream Trailers     USA Airstream NO  
Apple Cupertino California USA Apple, Inc. NO Apple logos and product designs are protected. Vectors and illustrations are also unacceptable.
Batmobile     World Warner Bros. / DC Comics NO The Batmobile is a character and any representations of a bat-like vehicle are unacceptable for commercial use.
Brigade Fire Helmet     USA MSA Safety Inc. NO The design of the Gallet F1-XF and other helmets used in European brigades are protected by trademark.
Christian Louboutin shoes     France Christian Louboutin SA NO Shoes with red-lacquered soles ("sammy red-bottoms") are the signature and exclusive trademark of Christian Louboutin.
Crayola     World Crayola NO Crayola crayon designs, including crayon serpentine and crayon box chevrons, are trademarks.
Crystal Head Vodka East Kingston Ontario Canada Globefill Inc NO The Crystal Head Vodka bottle is a trademarked design.
Duplo     World The Lego Group NO Images featuring Lego (including Duplo) figurines or building sets are unacceptable for commercial use. Building blocks without visible marks are acceptable.
Duracell batteries Wilmington Delaware USA Duracell NO Duracell batteries copper top is trademark protected.
Hershey's Kisses     USA The Hershey Company NO The distinctive shape, foil wrap and flag designs are trademarks of The Hershey Company, even without logos.
John Deere machinery     USA Deere & Company NO The green & yellow color scheme in association with machinery are trademarks of Deere & Company, even without logos.
Kikkoman soy sauce     Japan Kikkoman Corporation NO Kikkoman soy sauce bottle and cap designs are trademarks of Kikkoman Corporation,even without logos.
Lego     Denmark The Lego Group NO Images featuring Lego (including Duplo) figurines or building sets are unacceptable for commercial use. Building blocks without visible marks are acceptable.
Little Trees air freshener     USA Car-Freshener Corporation NO The tree design is trademarked by the Car-Freshener Corporation, even without logos.
London Black Cab Coventry England United Kingdom The London Taxi Company (fka LTI Vehicles) NO While a yellow cab may be generic, the "black cab" or "Hackney cab" vehicles are protected by copyright and trademark.
Peeps Bethlehem Pennsylvania USA Just Born NO Marshmallow candy designs by Just Born company are protected.
Red Cross & Red Crescent symbols Geneva   Switzerland IFRC NO The symbols of a red cross on a white background are internationally protected and unacceptable in photographs as the main subject.
Rubik's Cube     Hungary Ernő Rubik & Ideal Toy Company NO Protection includes design, color, or shape, even without a logo. We may accept illustrations of a cube with colors that are different than the original Rubik's Cube colors.
Tiffany Blue     World Tiffany & Co. NO The robin egg blue color is protected by trademark, even without logos.
UPS (United Parcel Service)     USA UPS NO The brown color in association with parcel or package delivery, including trucks and uniforms, is protected by trademark, even without logos.
Volkswagen     World Volkswagen NO The classic VW Beetle or "Bug" (aka Type 1) and VW Camper Bus (aka Type 2 T1) are trademarked designs, even without visible logos.
Weber barbecues     World Weber-Stephen Products NO The barbecue design is trademarked, even without visible logos.
Zippo Bradford Pennsylvania USA Zippmark NO The Zippo lighter, both open and closed, is a trademarked design.

 

Facility

Name City State/Province Country Rights Holder Commercial Notes
Boston Public Library Boston Massachusetts USA   NO  
Chicago Board of Trade Chicago Illinois USA   NO  
Chicago Navy Pier Chicago Illinois USA   NO  
Dallas Baptist University Dallas Texas USA   NO  
Dartmouth College Hanover California USA   NO  
European Council Strasbourg Alsace France   CITYSCAPE The Palace of Europe in Strasbourg, France, is protected. All marks of the Council of Europe are protected.
First National Bank of Nebraska and subsidiaries     USA   NO  
Grand Ole Opry Nashville Tennessee USA   NO  
Minnesota State Capitol Saint Paul Minnesota USA   NO  
National Library of France Paris Île-de-France France   NO  
New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) New York City New York USA   CITYSCAPE  
New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) New York City New York USA   CITYSCAPE The shape of the triangular pediment at the front of the building exterior is trademarked. Indirect photos taken from the side may be acceptable for commercial use if names and marks have been removed.
Pacific Exchange San Francisco California USA   NO  
Palace of Europe Strasbourg Alsace France Henry Bernard CITYSCAPE The seat of the Council of Europe.
Paris Charles de Gaulle airport Paris Île-de-France France   CITYSCAPE  
Piccadilly Circus London   United Kingdom   NO  
Plaza de Toros de Ronda Ronda   Spain   NO Oldest bull ring in Spain.
Princeton University Princeton New Jersey USA   PERMISSION Special permissions are required in advance to take commercial photography on grounds.
Seat of the European Parliament Strasbourg   France Architecture Studio NO  
Superdome New Orleans Louisina USA   NO  

 

General

Name City State/Province Country Rights Holder Commercial Notes
Automobiles     World   SECONDARY Marks and logos must be removed. Portions of a car in a greater context is acceptable. Isolated photos of a car or vehicle manufactured after 1985, luxury and exotic cars, or 3D models of cars are unacceptable for commercial use.
Currency     World   PARTIAL Paper money must not be reproduced in whole but partial depictions (<75%) may be acceptable in some countries. All currency featuring the likeness of Queen Elizabeth II is unacceptable.
Flags of countries         YES Except for Singapore, country flags depicted in a neutral context are acceptable for commercial use. Politically charged content, such as flag burning, is not acceptable.
Flags of states, governments, or organizations         NO Flags bearing heraldic symbols, insignia, or seals are unacceptable for commercial use.
Games     World   NO Most games and their pieces are protected.
Graffiti     World   RELEASE Backdrop or isolated street art or graffiti requires a release for commercial use. Street scenes that include graffiti may be acceptable on a case by case basis if it isn't a primary subject.
Japanese temples, shrines, and castles     Japan   EXTERIOR Commercial photography is not allowed of or on the grounds of Japanese heritage sites.
Maps and globes     World   NO All current maps, globes, and atlases are protected by copyright.
Military insignia     World   NO Government logos are protected.
Museums     World   CITYSCAPE Ticketed locations such as museums have on-site policies prohibiting commercial photography.
Police forces, firemen, military, etc.     World   NO Insignia, badges, shields, logos, etc. of government or public service officers are protected under federal law.
Public transportation     World   RELEASE Film or photography on location requires permission or property release. Signs, maps, and logos of public transit are protected by various copyrights and trademarks.
Quotes     World   MAYBE All quotes prior to 1923 are in the public domain and are acceptable for commercial use. Other quotes are copyrighted 70 years following the death of the author.

 

Historic

Name City State/Province Country Rights Holder Commercial Notes
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Washington D.C. USA   EXTERIOR Photographs of the interior require a property release.
Basilique du Sacré-Cœur Paris Île-de-France France Paul Abadie RELEASE The Sacred Heart Basilica is the highest point in the city on butte Montmartre. A property release is required.
Belle of Louisville Louisville Kentucky USA   NO  
Blenheim Palace Oxfordshire England United Kingdom   NO  
Burg Eltz Münstermaifeld Rhineland-Palatinate Germany   NO Eltz Castle is located on the nature preserve of Eltz Forest.
Byodoin Temple Uji Kyoto Japan   NO Commercial photography is not allowed of or on the grounds of Japanese heritage sites.
Castle Książ Wałbrzych Silesia Poland   NO  
Château de Chillon Veytaux Vaud Switzerland   NO  
Château de Vauvenargues Vauvenargues   France   RELEASE  
Chatsworth House Derbyshire England United Kingdom   RELEASE  
Colonial Williamsburg Williamsburg Virginia USA   NO Location and re-enactment performers are all protected, even if the performers are not individually recognizable
Colosseum Rome   Italy   EXTERIOR  
Delta Queen Memphis Tennessee USA   NO  
Hagia Sophia Istanbul   Turkey   EXTERIOR Hagia Sophia is on private property
Harewood House Leeds England United Kingdom   NO  
Hearst Castle & San Simeon Estate San Simeon California USA Julia Morgan NO Property of the State of California and requires special property release.
Horyu-ji Ikaruga Nara Japan   NO Commercial photography is not allowed of or on the grounds of Japanese heritage sites.
Ise Grand Shrine Ise Mie Japan   NO Commercial photography is not allowed of or on the grounds of Japanese heritage sites.
Jardin de Vaux-le-Vicomte Maincy Île-de-France France Le Nôtre NO The garden of Vaux-le-Vicomte
Kinkaku-ji Kita Kyoto Japan   NO Also known as "Temple of the Golden Pavilion" and Rokuon-ji. Commercial photography is not allowed of or on the grounds of Japanese heritage sites.
Lincoln Memorial Washington D.C. USA   YES  
Miyajima (aka Itsukushima-jinga) Hatsukaichi Hiroshima Japan   NO Commercial photography is not allowed of or on the grounds of Japanese heritage sites.
Monticello Estate Charlottesville Virginia USA   NO The Monticello estate is private property.
Nagoya Castle Nagoya Aichi Japan   NO Commercial photography is not allowed of or on the grounds of Japanese heritage sites.
Natchez New Orleans Louisiana USA   NO  
Newport Mansions Newport Rhode Island USA Preservation Society of Newport County NO Owned by the Preservation Society of Newport County
Notre Dame de Paris Paris Île-de-France France   EXTERIOR  
Oak Alley Plantation Vacherie Louisiana USA   NO Photography for personal use only.
Paris Métro signs   Paris France Hector Guimard NO  
Penrhyn Castle Gwynedd North Wales United Kingdom   EXTERIOR  
Peterhof Palace Saint Petersburg   Russia   NO The Peterhof Palace is private property.
Quinta da Regaleira Sintra   Portugal UNESCO NO "The Fifth Estate" in Portuguese
San Galgano Abbey Chiusdino Tuscany Italy   NO  
Sanssouci Palace Potsdam   Germany SPSG NO  
Schloss Charlottenburg Charlottenburg Berlin Germany SPSG NO The Charlottenburg Palace was rebuilt in 1957 after being damaged in WWII
Schönbrunn Palace Vienna   Austria Schloss Schoenbrunn PERMISSION  
Sedlec Ossuary Sedlec   Czech Republic   CITYSCAPE  
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi   United Arab Emirates   EXTERIOR  
Shōsōin Nara Nara Japan Imperial Household Agency NO Commercial photography is not allowed of or on the grounds of Japanese heritage sites.
Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne Victoria Australia   NO  
Sistine Chapel Vatican City   Vatican Vatican Museums NO Any photographs are unacceptable.
Spirit of Peoria Peoria Illinois USA   NO  
Tōfukuji Temple Higashiyama Kyoto Japan   NO Commercial photography is not allowed of or on the grounds of Japanese heritage sites.
Tokyo Imperial Palace Chiyoda Tokyo Japan   NO Commercial photography is not allowed of or on the grounds of Japanese heritage sites.
Tower of London London England United Kingdom   NO The art installation known as "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" is protected.
Virginia House Richmond Virginia USA   RELEASE  
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign Las Vegas Nevada USA   YES  
Zeche Zollverein Essen North Rhine-Westphalia Germany UNESCO NO The former coal mine industrial complex is a trademarked design.

 

IP

Name City State/Province Country Rights Holder Commercial Notes
A Tribute to Courage Huntsville Texas USA David Adickes NO The statue of Sam Houston.
Academy Award     World AMPAS NO The "Oscar" statuette is protected by trademark.
Albert Einstein     World   NO  
App Store     World Apple, Inc. NO Apple logos and product designs are protected. Vectors and illustrations are also unacceptable.
Barbie     USA Mattel NO Trademarks and patents of Mattel.
Beverly Hills shield and sign Beverly Hills California USA Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce NO  
Biltmore Estate Asheville North Carolina USA   NO  
Blue Angels airshow     USA   NO  
British Airways Concorde     United Kingdom British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) NO This supersonic jet airliner was retired in 2003 but is still heritage of the manufacturer.
Build-A-Bear Workshop     USA   NO  
Burberry pattern London England United Kingdom Burberry NO The black, tan, and red pattern know as “haymarket check” or the “Burberry classic check” is a registered trademark.
Chemex coffeemaker Chicopee Massachusetts USA Chemex Corporation NO Chemex name is trademark-protected.
Cuarteles del Ejercito de Tierra (The Spanish Army) Madrid Madrid Spain   NO  
Devil Duckie Mukilteo Wisconsin USA Accoutrements NO Protected by copyright
Elvis Presley     World Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. NO Elvis Presley's name, image or likeness are unacceptable for commercial use.
Emmy Award     World ATAS/NATAS NO The Emmy statuette is protected by trademark.
FIFA World Cup     World   NO All marks associated with the FIFA World Cup are trademarked.
Goldfish Crackers Norwalk Connecticut USA Pepperidge Farm NO Protected by trademark.
Graceland Memphis Tennessee USA Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. NO Requires special permission from Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
Guy Fawkes mask     USA David Lloyd NO Politically charged content
Hollywood sign Hollywood California USA Hollywood Chamber of Commerce NO The sign itself is trademarked and unacceptable for commercial use.
Hollywood Walk of Fame Hollywood California USA   NO  
I ❤ NY New York City New York USA Empire State Development NO  
iPhone     World Apple, Inc. NO Apple logos and product designs are protected. Vectors and illustrations are also unacceptable.
Lone Cypress Pebble Beach California USA The Pebble Beach Company NO The likeness of the Lone Cypress is protected by trademark.
Longaberger Company building Newark Ohio USA   NO The basket building design is trademarked.
Louis Vuitton     World LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE NO The "LV" monogram and checker pattern are protected by trademark.
Merlion Park Singapore   Singapore Singapore Tourism Board NO While this is a public park, the Merlion is a registered trademark of Singapore Tourism Board
Monopoly Pawtucket Rhode Island USA Hasbro NO Monopoly characters and designs are property of Hasbro
Moulin Rouge Paris Île-de-France France   NO The Moulin Rouge cabaret is protected by trademark.
NASA     Galaxy NASA NO Logos, symbols, and photographs of astronauts are not acceptable for commercial use.
Niterói Contemporary Art Museum (MAC) Niterói Rio de Janeiro Brazil   NO  
Olympic symbols     World   NO The Olympics rings, logos, torch, and other marks are trademarked.
Pac-Man     Japan BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment NO The most iconic video game character, Pac-Man, as well as the Ghosts and maze designs are protected by several trademarks and copyrights.
Pike Place Market Seattle Washington USA Pike Place Preservation and Development Authority NO The "Public Market", "Public Market Center", signs, clock, and other elements are trademarked.
Playmobil     Germany Geobra Brandstätter NO  
Rock Restaurant Michamwi Pingwe Zanzibar Island Tanzania   PERMISSION  
Rockefeller Center New York City New York USA   CITYSCAPE There are various trademark and license protections on all buildings, sculptures, and views (from "Top of the Rock").
Ron Jon Surf Shop Cocoa Beach Florida USA   NO The building is protected by trademark.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)     Canada RCMP Intellectual Property Office NO The Mounties uniforms, "RCMP" and symbols are protected by trademarks.
Singapore flag     Singapore Singapore National Heritage NO  
Slinky Canton Michigan USA Richard James & Poof-Slinky, Inc. NO  
Smiley face     World Smiley Company NO A yellow smiley face with oval eyes and ticks on the ends of the smile is a trademark.
SMPTE Color Bars White Plains New York USA Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) NO The SMPTE color test pattern is copyrighted and requires permission for use.
Tupperware Tower Orlando Florida USA   NO  
Venice sign Los Angeles California USA   NO Protected by trademark.
View-Master     World Mattel NO  
World of Coca-Cola Atlanta Georgia USA   NO  

 

Landmark

Name City State/Province Country Rights Holder Commercial Notes
Flatiron Building New York City New York USA   CITYSCAPE  
Madison Square Garden New York City New York USA   NO  
Radio City Music Hall New York City New York USA Edward Durell Stone and Donald Desky NO  
Willis Tower Chicago Illinois USA   CITYSCAPE fka Sears Tower

 

Museum

Name City State/Province Country Rights Holder Commercial Notes
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) New York City New York USA   NO Photography for personal use only.
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum Baltimore Maryland USA   RELEASE Photography for personal use only.
Getty Center, & The J. Paul Getty Museum Los Angeles California USA   NO  
Guggenheim Museums     World Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation NO  
Holocaust Memorial Friedrichstadt Berlin Germany   NO aka "The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe"
Iolani Palace Honolulu Hawaii USA   NO The 'Iolani Palace is on private property. Only photographs taken off the grounds are acceptable.
Louvre Palace & I.M. Pei’s Pyramide du Louvre Paris Île-de-France France Ieoh Ming Pei NO  
Museo Guggenheim Bilbao Bilbao Biscay Spain   NO  
Museum De Heksenwaag Oudewater   Netherlands   NO  
Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea Mystic Connecticut USA   NO  
Neon Museum Las Vegas Nevada USA   PERMISSION Photographs of the Neon Museum, Urban Gallery, and Neon Boneyard are for personal use only.
Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum Xi'an Shaanxi China   NO  
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Cleveland Ohio USA   NO  
Terracotta Warriors Xi'an Shaanxi China   NO  
Vogtsbauernhof Black Forest   Germany   NO aka Black Forest Open Air Museum
World Trade Center & 9/11 Memorial New York City New York USA   NO  

 

National Park

Name City State/Province Country Rights Holder Commercial Notes
Aparados da Serra   Rio Grande do Sul Brazil   NO Requires special permission from IBAMA
Brasília National Park   Brasília Brazil   NO Requires special permission from IBAMA
Chapada Diamantina National Park   Bahia Brazil   NO Requires special permission from IBAMA
Iguaçu National Park   Paraná Brazil   NO Requires special permission from IBAMA
Itatiaia National Park   Rio de Janeiro Brazil   NO Requires special permission from IBAMA
Jardim Botânico Rio Rio de Janeiro Brazil   NO Requires special permission from IBAMA
National Parks in Brazil     Brazil   NO Requires special permission from IBAMA for national parks in Brazil. Some parks in Rio de Janeiro also require permits from INEA.
Pedra da Gávea, Tijuca Forest   Rio de Janeiro Brazil   NO Requires special permission from IBAMA
Serra dos Órgãos   Rio de Janeiro Brazil   NO Requires special permission from IBAMA
Tijuca Forest National Park   Rio de Janeiro Brazil   NO Requires special permission from IBAMA
Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park Yulara Northern Territory Australia UNESCO NO Includes the "Ayer's Rock" part of Uluru. Unacceptable for commercial stock photography.

 

Royal

Name City State/Province Country Rights Holder Commercial Notes
British Royal Residences     United Kingdom   NO Photographs of the interior requires prior permission and property release. Includes Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Palace of Holyrood, Kensington Palace, and Clarence House.
Brompton Cemetery London England United Kingdom   PERMISSION Commercial photographs require a special license.
Buckingham Palace London England United Kingdom   NO Photographs of the interior requires prior permission and property release.
Bushy Park London England United Kingdom   PERMISSION Commercial photographs require a special license.
Clarence House London England United Kingdom   NO Photographs of the interior requires prior permission and property release.
Green Park London England United Kingdom   PERMISSION Commercial photographs require a special license.
Greenwich Park London England United Kingdom   PERMISSION Commercial photographs require a special license.
Grosvenor Square London England United Kingdom   PERMISSION Commercial photographs require a special license.
Hyde Park London England United Kingdom   PERMISSION Commercial photographs require a special license.
Kensington Gardens London England United Kingdom   PERMISSION Commercial photographs require a special license.
Kensington Palace London England United Kingdom   NO Photographs of the interior requires prior permission and property release.
Palace of Holyroodhouse Edinburgh Scotland United Kingdom   NO Photographs of the interior requires prior permission and property release.
Queen Elizabeth II     United Kingdom   NO  
Regent's Park and Primrose Hill London England United Kingdom   PERMISSION Commercial photographs require a special license.
Richmond Park London England United Kingdom   PERMISSION Commercial photographs require a special license.
Royal Parks of Great Britain London England United Kingdom   PERMISSION Commercial photographs require a special license.
St. James' Park London England United Kingdom   PERMISSION Commercial photographs require a special license.
Victoria Tower Gardens London England United Kingdom   PERMISSION Commercial photographs require a special license.
Windsor Castle Windsor, Berkshire England United Kingdom   NO Photographs of the interior requires prior permission and property release.

 

Transportation

Name City State/Province Country Rights Holder Commercial Notes
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) San Francisco California USA BART NO  
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Chicago Illinois USA CTA NO  
Church Street Station Orlando Orlando Florida USA   NO  
Eurostar     Europe Eurostar International Limited PERMISSION  
Ferrocarriles de Vía Estrecha (FEVE)     Spain   NO  
Grand Central Terminal New York City New York USA MTA NO Logos and signage are protected.
InterCity-Express (ICE) Deutche Bahn     Germany   NO  
JR Group shinkansen bullet train     Japan   NO  
LA Metro Los Angeles California USA LACMTA NO  
London Underground London England United Kingdom   NO  
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Boston Massachusetts USA MBTA NO  
Metro Bilbao Bilbao Biscay Spain   NO  
Miami Metrorail Miami Florida USA   NO  
New Jersey Transit (NJT) Newark New Jersey USA NJT NO  
New York City Subway New York City New York USA MTA NO Signage, maps, logos, route indicators (numbers, circle designs and colors), and various architecture and artworks are protected.
PATCO Speedline   Pennsylvania USA PATCO NO  
Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH)   New Jersey USA PATH NO  
RATP (aka “Parisian Underground”) Paris   France   NO  
Renfe Operadora Madrid   Spain   NO  
San Francisco Muni San Francisco California USA SFMTA NO  
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA SEPTA NO  
Stockholm Tunnelbana Stockholm   Sweden Stockholm County Counsel NO  
Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV)     France   NO  

 

Zoo

Name City State/Province Country Rights Holder Commercial Notes
Churaumi Aquarium Motobu Okinawa Japan Ocean Expo Park NO  
Monterey Bay Aquarium Monterey California USA   NO  
Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration Mystic Connecticut USA   NO  
Philadelphia Zoo Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA   NO  
San Diego Zoo San Diego California USA   NO  
Santa Barbara Zoo Santa Barbara California USA   NO  
Tierpark Hagenbeck Hamburg   Germany   NO  
Virginia Zoo Norfolk Virginia USA   NO  
Zoo Atlanta Atlanta Georgia USA   NO  

 

Other

Name City State/Province Country Rights Holder Commercial Notes
Burning Man Festival Black Rock Nevada USA Black Rock City LLC NO Commercial photography is prohibited.
Casa Batlló Barcelona Catalonia Spain Antoni Gaudí NO  
Castel Meur (Pointe du Château) Plougrescant Brittany France   NO The little house between the rocks is private property under French privacy law.
Cuevas de Benifallet   Tarragona Spain   NO Includes Cueva Meravelles (“Cave of Wonders”) and Cueva del Dos
Elvis Presley impersonators     USA   RELEASE Acceptable with a model release and clearly indicated as an impersonator.
ICEHOTEL Jukkasjärvi   Sweden   NO ICEHOTEL is private property.
Kew Gardens London England United Kingdom   NO  
Longwood Gardens Kennett Square Pennsylvania USA   NO Photography for personal use only.
Painted Ladies San Francisco California USA   EXTERIOR Victorian row houses in the Alamo Square neighborhood.
Park Güell Barcelona Catalonia Spain Antoni Gaudí YES  

 

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