Winning logo in design contest is an auto-traced image from iStock.
$325 logo design contest was held on Crowdspring last year (February 09) and this design was selected as the contest winner:
Upon submitting the winning design into the contest, the designer declared that "This design includes photos, illustrations or fonts created by others and if the buyer picks it, they'll have to buy the rights". The logo is now featured on contest holder's web site:
Almost a year later, the contest holder returns to Crowdspring, holding another contest, this time for a "new logo to compliment our current one". As part of their contest brief and materials, an .EPS file of the original logo ("File 1") is uploaded to the Crowdspring server so that contest participants can incorporate the design into the second logo. The icon portion of the vector artwork looks like this:
Opening the .EPS file, it is clear that not only was the image taken from the iStock website, but that the watermark was vectorized into the logo when it was auto-traced from a raster image to vector format.
The image appears to be part of the 'Scribbles' series of vector illustrations on iStock and is labeled grandparents: Depending on the type of iStock subscription used to purchase, use of the stock art can cost anywhere from approx. $3 to approx. $10. It has been downloaded more than 60 times.
Upon being notified of the issue on the forum, a Crowspring representative responded:
A designer who was competing in the second contest had this to say:
The use of iStock artwork in logos and/or trademarks is prohibited by their license agreement:
Several of the entries for the new logo also featured versions of the iStock image. The second contest was originally closed, and awaiting the selection of a winner, but re-opened after the iStock use was discovered, and a new version of the logo was uploaded.
The contest is now scheduled to close on Jan 28. In the 'updated' version, the icon portion of the logo has been altered.
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