Shutterstock drops daily download limit and extends license

As New York based microstock market leader Shutterstock announced in their blog, the daily download limits on subscriptions were dropped towards a monthly limit. Clients can now download the allowance of 750 files per month whenever they need. PS: Here is our exclusive Shutterstock Coupon Code!

No More Daily Download Limits

The changes were announced for US and Canada based clients in a first step to counter similar offers by competing sites such as iStock by Getty Images. Effectively, using up all 25 download per day, customers could already download up to 750 files each month but given the daily restrictions might have kept some of them with frustration at days when the need was extraordinarily high. Now you could effectively download the whole allowance of 750 files in a single day, giving clients all the flexibility the might need.

Updated License Terms

Besides the change from daily to monthly Shutterstock also opened their license terms to allow more uses without or with less limitations than before. To match the competitors' offers, Shutterstock overall raised their print run limitation from 250,000 to 500,000. For some media like e-mails, apps or e-books the caps for users or recipients were dropped completely. All of these changes probably affected only a very small percentage of users in the past but might have kept some buyers from licensing images as the need to track those caps or print runs would have outweighed the savings made from the low prices.

Finally, the new terms grant all customers a minimum indemnification of $10,000 for each file they download – in case legal problems arise from using a Shutterstock image, clients can get reimbursed for defending that legal claim. This indemnification comes without any extra cost as Shutterstock already has tight rules to control each and every new file that enters into the collection.

These Kids totally get it…

If you find the license terms on microstock agencies to be too complicated, Shutterstock also provided this video – at least now you know you are not alone:


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(and we made sure: None of this is a April Fools' Day joke 🙂 )


Amos Struck
Amos Struck

Amos Struck, a renowned expert with over two decades in the stock photography industry, is known for his profound expertise in both stock imagery and artificial intelligence (AI). He is the founder of and a driving force behind the innovative AI-driven platform, His pioneering work in visual AI is marked by co-founding Ximilar AI. Amos also established the Microstock Expo Conference, a key event in the stock photography sector. As a regular speaker at major industry conferences like DMLA and a prominent member of CEPIC, he consistently contributes to the industry's growth and evolution through a blend of technological innovation and market insight.

  1. How many photos we can download daily from shutter stock

    • Since there is NO daily download limit, you can actually download ALL the images within your i.e. monthly subscription on one day.

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