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Editorial content is generally available for use only in non-commercial ways (news stories, magazine articles, documentaries, etc.). However, we can explore the potential for clearing Editorial content for commercial uses.

In select cases, Shutterstock can offer Asset Assurance™, which provides additional indemnification alongside your commercial license, to use editorial images in specific campaigns.  Asset Assurance™ is subject to Shutterstock’s legal review and approval.

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