If your image was rejected with "Image contains visible brand names or logos", it is most likely because your image contains brand names or logos, which are not acceptable for commercial use.
We do not accept images that contain trademarks for commercial use, as they could potentially be used in a way that is likely to cause confusion of the source of certain products or services - and may therefore unfairly infringe on the trademark rights of others.
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, such as the "swoosh" logo on Nike sneakers.
Can I submit an image containing a visible trademark to Shutterstock for Commercial Use?
In order to prevent a misuse of a trademark or logo, we do not accept images containing isolated or visible trademarks or logos for commercial use.
Content that is designated for commercial use may be used by our customers for commercial purposes, such as in advertisements or product packaging. Therefore, Shutterstock does not accept content that contains visible trademarks for commercial use in order to prevent customers from inadvertently infringing a trademark.
The image below is not acceptable for commercial use, only for editorial:
What can I do if my image contains a trademark?
Contributor Blog Articles:
Informed Images: What to Consider When Creating Photos or Video for Commercial Use
Understanding the Basics of Copyrights
Guides and related Support Center Articles:
Submission and Account Guidelines
Known Image Restrictions List
Legal Considerations for Submitting Content
If you don’t understand the reason for the rejection of your images or if you need additional clarification, you can always contact contributor support.