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« on: July 10, 2014, 07:12 »
Hello All,

One of our biggest goals here at Shutterstock is to foster a safe environment for you to license your content to third parties. We want to make sure that you are equipped with the information you need to protect your content as the digital marketplace expands.

To that end, we have created the
Protect Your Content guide so that you can learn more about your rights as an artist, and what you can do to protect these rights.  It's an easy-to-understand, in-depth look at information about legal considerations in creating content and how to protect your work.

The guide is now available in 8 languages (English, Russian, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Korean and Japanese) here:

While the information contained in this guide is not intended to be legal advice, we hope that this guide helps empower you to make informed decisions regarding your content.

In addition, we'll soon be releasing a Spanish-language version of the Contributor Success Guide (available in 5 languages + Spanish shortly), found here:

And as always, our contributor blog contains a lot of great articles on tips, advice, contributor interviews, and more:

Best Regards,

VP of Content
« Last Edit: July 10, 2014, 07:23 by scottbraut »

« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2014, 07:21 »
Thank you so much Scott, I'm looking forward to read!  ;)

« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2014, 07:37 »
I'd like to read more about Registration of Copyright in Italy. I didn't find a Guide in Italian, I took that one in English but the part of copyright registration regards U.S. It would be great if you could make one in Italian.  :)

« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2014, 14:35 »
Copyright registration should be resisted IMO since it undermines international UN and WTO agreement. Copyright is protected under international law and convention - most specifically by the Berne Convention.

« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2014, 14:57 »
I was a bit puzzled by the need to enter my e-mail address when following Scott's link, so I went back to the submit home page and clicked on that link (thinking that if I were already logged in I wouldn't have to do that).

Still got the e-mail request, so I filled it in and then I get an e-mail with a link to "Confirm & Download" with the following text:

"By clicking "Confirm & Download", you agree to the terms of this promotion and to receive future email updates from Shutterstock.

Add [email protected] to your address book to ensure delivery.

If you download this guide, we may send you promotional or educational materials via email in the future. We will never sell or give your email address to a third party. If you do not want to receive future email from us, you may unsubscribe by using the link provided in email you receive from Shutterstock."

The download failed because I couldn't connect to Tried twice. Assuming this e-mail is legit, I guess it's some marketing company Shutterstock has engaged?

I'm happy to receive e-mails from Shutterstock but I am leery of signing up for some other "promotional" materials. I am certainly not adding anything to my address book when I have no idea who the outfit is.

I google topspin and get this site

Logo is the same as in the e-mail - it says "Software for Musicians" on its home page.

« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2014, 17:01 »
I just tried on a different computer - clicking on the link in the e-mail I received - and I still get an error.

The e-mail I received says it's from "[email protected] via" and asks me to add [email protected] to my address book. It looks a lot like something coming from another company.

And I am interested in what Shutterstock has to say - not sure why I can't just download the PDF from your web site though.

I don't understand what the change is - I get the newsletter periodically, for example, and I don't have to use a download link to do that.

Even if it worked it would be rather cumbersome with no obvious (to the recipient) advantage.

What commercial email regulations apply to communications with contributors?

« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2014, 19:46 »
I just tried again and it failed again - same error.

I have forwarded the e-mail I received to submit at shutterstock dot com so they can figure out what is wrong - and asked for a link to the document so I can read it.

Chrome, Firefox and Safari on Mac OSX mavericks in case it's OS or Browser specific.
« Last Edit: July 10, 2014, 20:38 by Jo Ann Snover »


« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2014, 19:52 »
I get the error as well...tried it on my iPad and MacBook Air. I'm redirected to the Shutterstock home page.

« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2014, 19:56 »
Worked OK for me.  At least, it did once I'd enabled NoScript to let it run.  I'm paranoid.

« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2014, 03:31 »
I am interested in what Shutterstock has to say - not sure why I can't just download the PDF from your web site though.

Exactly! Why do we have to do it the complicated way?

« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2014, 13:20 »
Shutterstock support got in touch with me.

They apparently can't duplicate the problem I was having - it works for them. However they did get me a guide (but asked me not to post it). For others having troubles with accessing it, you'll need to contact support to ask them to get you a copy.
« Last Edit: July 11, 2014, 14:25 by Jo Ann Snover »


« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2014, 14:02 »
What an odd way to try to generate a mailing list.

« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2014, 21:30 »
I emailed them last night for my copy before I found this thread. I'm still waiting for it more than 14 hours later...
(I just see black boxes in my browser where guess the flash is supposed to be)

« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2014, 08:36 »
No problems here - should be an interesting read.

« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2014, 13:25 »
I already contacted the support team about the failure on my desktop browser. Chrome, Safari and Firefox all failed. Flash (14) is installed, JavaScript enabled. Mac OSX 10.9.3. There are no script blockers or ad blockers installed. Popups are blocked but I don't see the indication that any popups have been blocked trying to access this.

I also tried a PC (Windows 8.1) with IE, Firefox and Chrome. All fail to connect. The only additional information Firefox provided was that it was first connecting to and then it timed out trying to connect to

The behavior is that you see "Connecting..." in the status bar for an exceedingly long time and then an error that it couldn't connect to

Comcast broadband is our internet connection - it's fast (in other words I'm not trying this on dialup or on a ropey connection).

The systems in question are connecting all the time with all sorts of other sites without problems. I honestly think the problem is something TopSpin's end


  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #18 on: July 13, 2014, 17:13 »
Strange, JoAnn, it downloaded here first time (FF). I haven't noticed anything in the guide (on a quick shuftie) that I didn't already know, but handy to have it all in one place, I guess.


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