I’m talking in general about trademarked images and copyright images… actually all intellectual property.
Patterns would probably fall into the copyright category, unless it was a pattern based on a trademark, in which case it could well be ®©™.
(which is owned by Getty Images, who are pretty big into this sort of thing )
What license am I getting with my downloads?
All files downloaded on iStock include our standard license, which lets you use your file in a wide variety of projects and comes with a $10,000 legal guarantee. When you download with credits you can add extended licenses that let you use the file in even more ways.
When you download with credits, your license never expires. Files licensed with subscriptions must be used in an end project within 30 days of the end of the subscription term or the license for the file terminates.
This is perhaps not the best example in the world, as they are set up quite differently from how the GF catalog seems to be set up; Credits v. subscriptions rather than single-use license v. unlimited use license. They are also relying on their big 'ole team of lawyers to enforce the license, as opposed to a simple digital lockout
I agree, and generally when I buy designs assets or fonts, I buy them with an unlimited commercial license, or find a way to create the asset myself. That is not always possible or economically viable.