Policy for Stock Artwork in Design Submissions

Your submission CANNOT contain any stock art, clipart, or "free" elements from the web. All items you design and submit within a Topcoder Design Challenge must be created solely by you (as original artwork).

The exception to this rule is when a Design challenge allows stock photography. Every challenge clearly states whether or not stock photography is allowed. If the challenge allows it, you will need to abide by the following rules:

  1. You must document your Stock Artwork (photos, illustrations, icons) when submitting. (This helps a Customer find the Stock Artwork for purchasing)
  2. You are allowed to use stock photos, stock illustrations, and stock icons. If you use any Stock Artwork (anything!) in your design it MUST BE DOCUMENTED.
  3. You are only allowed to use Stock Artwork from the provided Stock websites.
    iStockPhoto.com
    Adobe
    Shutterstock
    Public Domain Archive
  4. Watermark: You MUST keep the stock watermark intact. If the photo is cropped in such a way that the watermark is not visible, please be sure to include the entire watermarked image in your source files so Screeners can review and see where the image is from.

If the challenge does not allow Stock Artwork (photos, illustrations, icons), it will clearly state this in the challenge details page.

Stock Illustrations: Stock Illustrations are allowed but you must treat them like "stock photos". You are NOT allowed to edit any illustration and claim it as your own artwork. You are not allowed to trace stock illustrations and claim them as your own artwork. Stock Illustrations MUST include proper watermarks and source documentation.

Stock Icons: Stock Icons are allowed but you must treat them like "stock photos". You are not allowed to edit stock icons and claim them as your own artwork. You are not allowed to trace stock icons and claim them as your own artwork. Stock icons are only allowed in design challenges that allow "Stock Icons". (When in doubt - ask in the Challenge Forum). Stock icons do not require watermarks but they do require proper source documentation.

Personal Photos:You are allowed to create and use your own photography. Make sure to attribute the photo to yourself. If you include your own photography the licensing must be free for the customer to use (if you are a prize winner).

Things to Remember
• We screen all design submissions for copyright infringement and proper source documentation.
• All designs must be created by you.
• DO NOT COPY OR TRACE EXISTING ARTWORK
• Make sure you understand the Topcoder Terms, Official Design Contest Rules and check each contest for more information and what is allowed in that challenge before you submit.

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