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Standard License vs. Enhanced License

Shutterstock strives to meet the needs of all our customers. Read on for details about which license is right for your needs.

Standard License (SL)
The Standard License is the default offered with our image packs, monthly and annual subscriptions, and Team Subscriptions.

Enhanced License (EL)
The Enhanced License is available with image packs and is great for use with larger audiences and for merchandise.

 

Standard License

Enhanced License

License Duration

Perpetual

Perpetual

Regions of Use

Worldwide

Worldwide

Digital Use (websites, mobile apps, software, ebooks, etc.)

Unlimited

Unlimited

Print Runs (in books/magazines, on posters, etc.)

Up to 500,000

Unlimited

Legal IndemnificationUp to $10,000 per imageUp to $250,000 per image

Out-of-home Advertising (tradeshow/conference signage, billboards, subway ads, etc.)

Up to 500,000 gross impressions (views, not viewers)

Unlimited

TV, Online Video, and Film

Unlimited viewers (production budgets up to $10,000 USD)

Unlimited

Web Templates or Print Templates

Not permitted

Permitted

Merchandise

Not permitted

Permitted

Decoration in a Commercial SpaceNot permittedPermitted


Certain other restrictions may apply. To view complete license information, see our Terms of Service.

Number of Users
When purchased online, image packs and most monthly subscriptions are single-seat plans, meaning one user has access to download and work with the images. 
Team Subscriptions can be purchased online for up to 3 users, or for up to 10 users by contacting a Shutterstock representative by clicking the red button below..

A representative can also assist you with customized image packs that allow for a flexible number of users, available with both the Standard and Enhanced Licenses.

How To Choose the Right License
For most Shutterstock plans, the default option is a Standard License. Basic image packs and singer-user Professional plans include an SL, as do Team Subscriptions. Enhanced Licenses can offer more options for large-volume customers and organizations. You can get an EL with customized image packs if you want to use the content for distribution to a large audience or on merchandise.
 
If you aren't sure which type of plan or license you need for your project, you can work directly with a Shutterstock customer service agent. With Shutterstock's library of royalty-free content and flexible license options, you can take your personal or professional project to the next level.


 
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