Turning Refusal into Acceptance
One of the common refusal comments is "The image contains elements that might be protected by copyright/trademark (logos, brands, specific buildings etc.)... Read more: https://www.dreamstime.com/thread_148".
I have my fair share of refusals with this comment.
The original photo of the above image was rejected with the copyright / protected element comment. As you can see, it is a very simple photo of a yellow safety helmet sitting on a plastic barrier. Where's the copyright, trademark or protected elements?
I scrutinized the photo, looking at every details to see where is the culprit! Found it, corrected and re-submitted.
It goes to show that we have to be very aware of the contents in our photos.
A scenery photo like the one above may not be an issue. However, if there had been a boat on the lake and there were some numbers or letters that could identify it, then it could become an issue.
So check your photos carefully and take the necessary steps to remove all protected elements, even if you think the detail is very insignificant. If you are not sure, remove it. Turn a potential refusal into an acceptance!