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What usage is permitted with the Shutterstock Footage license?

With Shutterstock adding more than 115,000 clips every week to the current supply of over 12 million available clips, there are plenty of options to choose from, no matter what type of footage you might be looking for. However, understanding what types of usage are legally permitted with each type of Shutterstock footage license is important before making a purchase.  

Standard Shutterstock Footage License

Our standard Shutterstock footage license is offered as the default option with each of our basic image packs, professional (single seat) and team subscriptions. This license entitles customers to share this footage with vast audience sizes, depending on how it is being shared. 

Standard permissions include:

  • Web Use – Footage can be used on social media websites, in mobile apps and on sites such as YouTube or Vimeo. It can even be used in content that will be digitally downloaded. The audience size limit for this type of web use is up to 500,000.
  • Live Performances – The footage can also be used at live performances such as musicals, corporate presentations, concerts and musicals with an audience size limit of 500,000.
  • On Websites – Videos that are embedded on actual web pages have no audience limit restrictions.

Standard permissions do not include:

  • Television Distribution – The standard Shutterstock footage license does not permit for any usage in television shows or commercials. Usage is also prohibited for distribution over any broadcast, cable or satellite.
  • Movie Theater Distribution – Distribution in movie theaters is not permitted with the standard footage license.
  • Over the Top (OTT) Video Distribution – Over the top video distribution, or streaming services such as Netflix is not permitted by the standard footage license.

Team and Enterprise Solutions

In addition to our Standard License, Shutterstock has options to ensure that your whole team is legally covered and has access to the content they need. This solution also comes with as many clips as you need and flat-rate pricing.
Our enterprise solution also provides access for your whole team, as many clips as needed, plus unwatermarked comps, free content research, and full indemnification.
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