Why was my content rejected for Visible Copyright?

If your content was rejected with "Copyright Issue or Treademark Issue," it is most likely because your work contains copyrighted elements, such as:

  • Artwork created by another artist
  • Content contains visible brand names or logos
What is copyright?

Copyright is a form of legal protection that gives the author of an original, creative work certain exclusive rights to use their work. Copyright gives the author(s) of a creative work the exclusive right to display, reproduce, distribute, and financially benefit from the work they create.

What is a trademark?

A trademark is a word, name, symbol, or device - or a combination of these things - that is used to distinguish and identify the source of certain products or services. If a word, name, symbol, or device in your image brings to mind a specific product or service, then it may be protected by trademark. An example of a trademark is a company logo or a design that would be associated with a specific product or services.

Can I submit work that contains copyrighted material for commercial use?

No, you must own or control the copyright to all content you submit to Photo Becho. This means that you cannot submit work obtained from other sources such as free image websites or public domain, or incorporate such work into your content submissions, unless you have permission to do so. This includes, but is not limited to artwork, photos, sculptures, architecture, exhibits or audio which are copyrighted.

Can I submit work that contains visible trademarks to Shutterstock for Commercial Use?

No, in order to prevent a misuse of a trademark or logo, we do not accept most content containing isolated or visible trademarks or logos.

What can I do if my image contains copyrighted material?

If you intend to submit content that contains copyrighted material for commercial use, you must submit property releases from the copyright owners.

  • If you are the copyright owner, then you must submit a property release affirming that you are the owner of the copyrighted material appearing in your image.
  • If you are not the copyright owner, then you must provide a property release stating that the copyright owner has given you permission to use their material in your image.
What can I do if my content contains a trademark?
  • If your content contains a trademark, you must remove the trademark before you submit it for commercial use.