Do not submit stock art, free vectors, clip art, photo traces, or third party-derived images of any kind to logo, illustration or button/icon contests. In wordmark contests, fonts must be customized or they will be treated as stock art.
If you are going to use a stock image in a design that is not for a logo, illustration, or button/icon contest you must:
- Make sure it is a legitimate stock image from an authorized agency. "Free" wallpaper sites and search engine results are not appropriate places to source your images.
- Declare all stock images used at the time the design is submitted. (This includes brushes and glyph fonts).
- Check the license and be absolutely certain the stock image can be legally used as the client intends.
In general we recommend that you don’t use stock images or clip art in the designs you submit at 99designs. Please make yourself familiar with the rules around stock images — failure to follow the rules will result in your 99designs account being suspended or possibly closed forever.
Keep in mind that clients aren’t going to be happy if they are legally pursued over copyright issues arising from your work — and you’ll be liable for any costs and damages they incur.