Known Image Restrictions

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The Known Image Restrictions list is a collection of all currently known subjects that infringe on intellectual property. This list has been compiled as a reference for Shutterstock contributors and customers in order to protect against intellectual property infringement issues. 

All currently known subjects that infringe on intellectual property are included in the Known Image Restrictions, but this list is not all-inclusive, as copyright and trademark laws are frequently changing. Ultimately, all content submitted to Shutterstock is reviewed on a case by case basis. 

New entries are added to this list as deemed necessary by our Compliance and Review teams. If you have any questions concerning these restrictions, please contact us.

Click a link below to view the restrictions in each of the following categories:

Brands and Trademarks
Events
Objects and Subjects
Places and Landmarks - North and South America
Places and Landmarks - Europe and Africa
Places and Landmarks - Asia, Middle East, and Australia


Below is a list of subjects and places that are commonly deemed as restricted, but in fact are not:

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Brazil National Parks

  • Some of the most popular parks include:

    • Aparados da Serra

    • Brasilia National Park

    • Chapada Diamantina National Park

    • Iguaçu National Park

    • Itatiaia National Park

    • Tijuca National Park (including Pedra da Gávea)

    • Serra dos Orgaos

    • See the complete list of National Parks

Las Vegas Sign

  • Located in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Acceptable for commercial and editorial use

Lincoln Memorial

  • Located in Washington DC

  • Acceptable for commercial and editorial use

Matryoshka Nesting Dolls

  • Traditional Matryoshka nesting dolls are acceptable for commercial and editorial use

  • Nesting dolls that depict trademarked characters (such as cartoon characters or comic book heroes) are unacceptable for commercial use

  • Submissions will be considered for editorial use

Mount Rushmore

  • Acceptable for commercial and editorial use

Park Güell

  • Located in Barcelona, Spain

  • Acceptable for commercial and editorial use

Statue of Liberty

  • Located in New York City

  • Acceptable for commercial and editorial use

Stonehenge

  • Located in Wiltshire, England

  • Acceptable for commercial and editorial use



Please note that this list is not all-inclusive. New entries will be added as they are brought to our attention. If you have any questions concerning these restrictions, please contact us.

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