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Usage Limitations

Standard License

Subscriptions and On Demand

Enhanced License

Enhanced Plans
Number of users 1 1
License duration Perpetual Perpetual
Number of countries you can use images Worldwide Worldwide
Digital reproductions, such as website views, ebook downloads, use in "apps", software, email, etc. Unlimited Unlimited
Physical reproductions, such as books, magazines, emails, advertising posters, and packaging Up to 500K Unlimited
TV, online video, and film viewers Production budgets up to $10k Unlimited
Legal Indemnification Up to $10K per image Up to $250K per image
Copies of web or print templates Not allowed Permitted
Copies of merchandise for sale Not allowed Permitted
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Credit/Copyright Attribution: “Name of Artist/Shutterstock”

  • Standard License: Required for editorial use of images
  • Enhanced License: Required in books, periodicals, film, TV, and merchandise if and where commercially reasonable

What is not allowed with Shutterstock Licenses?

  • Print on demand products (t-shirts, mugs, etc.)
  • Sensitive Subjects
    • Using any Visual Content in a pornographic, defamatory, or deceptive context, or in a manner that could be considered libelous, obscene, or illegal.
    • Portraying any person depicted in Visual Content in connection with a sensitive use, such as depicting such person: in any manner in connection with pornography, "adult videos", adult entertainment venues, escort services, dating services, or tobacco products; as endorsing a political party, candidate, elected official, or opinion; as suffering from, or medicating for, a physical or mental ailment; or engaging in immoral or criminal activities.
  • Commercial use of images marked Editorial Use Only
  • Logos, trademark, or similar applications of images
  • Other usage restrictions may apply. Need more info? See the full Terms of Service.