PACA - Digital Media Licensing Association
Copyright Education - Special Release List

As a service, DMLA members have compiled a list of properties and objects that may cause problems if shown photographically. Some of the properties and objects are alleged to be covered by trademark, others by contract (i.e. the terms by which a photographer was granted access to the property). DMLA does not have a position as to whether the use (either commercially or editorially) is in violation of any applicable laws, but merely advises users to seek advice from their own legal representation to determine if any additional permissions are required under the circumstances. The list is not intended to be a complete listing of all subjects, but merely ones that particular members have brought to our attention.

  1. The Cadillac Ranch (sculpture of Pink Cadillac’s sticking out of ground like Stonehenge)
  2. Interiors of New York Stock Exchange (OK from street),
    The Pacific Exchange, The mercantile Exchange,
    Commodities Exchange and Chicago Board of Trade
  3. Rolls Royce Car and logo/hood ornament
  4. Disney's Epcot Center and Disneyland—including any depictions of the Disney characters
  5. The Lone Cypress tree at Pebble Beach, California
  6. Hollywood Sign
  7. Mystic Marine Museum
  8. Williamsburg and it's re-enactment actors/performers
  9. Newport Mansions
  10. Coca Cola World
  11. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  12. The Mississippi, Delta Queen and Natchez paddle steamers
  13. Rockefeller Center – all buildings and sculptures
  14. Olympics Athletes, Logo and torch
  15. Hollywood Walk of Stars, Chinese Theater
  16. Pro Sports teams and insignias
  17. Maserati Car
  18. Porche Car
  19. McDonald's Arches
  20. NASCAR images
  21. Biltmore (Virginia house) and San Simeon Estate
  22. Beverly Hills Sign
  23. Busch Gardens
  24. Sea World, Florida & California)
  25. Universal Studios
  26. Oscar award statue
  27. The British Concord
  28. The Louvre & IM Pei's Pyramid
  29. Major league sports
  30. Indy 500 race
  31. The Grand Ole Opry
  32. The TGV (French high-speed train)
  33. Chevrolet logo/hood ornament
  34. Mustang Horse Logo
  35. Thunderbird Logo
  36. Barbie – the dolls, name and any product
  37. Dartmouth College and the "tower"
  38. San Diego Zoo
  39. Eiffel Tower at night (the lighting design is copyrighted)
  40. Japanese Bullet Train
  41. Exterior of NY Stock Exchange (we have heard the exterior is now problematic)
  42. Vehicles with recognizable designs (Jaguar, Porsche, Lamborghini, etc…)
  43. Emmy and Grammy award trophies
  44. Swan Boats in Boston's Public Gardens
  45. The Flatiron Building, NYC
  46. The Chrysler Building, NYC
  47. The New Orleans Superdome