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Getty Images Facing Image Content Trademark Issues – A Warning?

Martin Schwimmer, a partner in Leason Ellis, an IP law boutique in White Plains, NY, reports on his blog The Trademark Blog:
‘Readers of the blog know that the CAR FRESHNER people, owners of the mark consisting of the product configuration of a tree-shaped air freshener, know where the court is located, having sued various third parties selling tree-shaped fresheners. It has now sued Getty Images, owners of one of the larger stock photo agencies. Getty maintained at least 11 images in its inventory that depicted a tree-shaped air freshener. Car Freshner sued on multiple counts, including trademark infringement….. read on here:

It might be time to check your creative files for similar images containing known brands.