Copyrighted logos are often provided as part of the contest process. For example, a client may want to make a special logo as part of a sponsored event by a well-known local or international company.
Using such logos along with the contest submissions cannot be used on LogoTournament.com to create a new design, however the logo can be provided as a reference to make a placeholder.
Why? Established brands want to keep brand recognition and purity, therefore they almost always have a strict usage guideline in the manner of a PDF or other documentation. Such a document will outline to designers and event coordinators acceptable and unacceptable uses for the branded logo. Such uses might include where the logo can and cannot be placed when used with a secondary event logo, and color palette considerations.
Therefore, we recommend designers only use a stripped version of the logo (perhaps the outline only) for placement purposes only or simply put in another shape to identify where the company logo will be relative to the sponsor(s') logo(s). This is because they are selling their design, not their design and the branded company logo.
The actual logo could be inserted after the contest.
Any designs that are found to include (or suspected to include) limited-rights images or copyrighted logos will be flagged and removed by Admin staff.