Can I use commerical images in my App?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by Alicia100iscool, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. Alicia100iscool, Apr 25, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2012
    Does anyone know the laws with using photos of commerical buildings in Apps? For example, could I take a photo of Yankee stadium and use it in a App? And does it matter if I start to make money on the App?
  2. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    IANAL, but I believe that you, as the person who took the picture, are the one with the intellectual property rights to the picture, and thus you can do anything with it that you want.

    If you're concerned, ask your lawyer.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2003
    Milwaukee, WI
    You should be fine as long as you're not using your photograph to get around copyright laws. Using your own picture of Yankee Stadium is ok, taking an up-close shot of the Yankee logo and thinking you can use it however you want is not.
  4. macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2011
    In certain cases you cannot use images of buildings. Two prime examples are the steps of the field museum in Chicago or the lions in front of the art institute. Both are trademarked and photos of them may not be used for commercial purposes.

    You can find lists of trademarked architecture around the net, here's one example site

    Best way to find out is just to walk into the building and ask.
  5. macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    for some things you need a property release form, much like a model release form, just for buildings. However I think that only counts if the building is recognizable.

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