The Shutterstock License Explained: Dos and Don’ts of Shutterstock Images

Shutterstock is one of the most popular and successful stock photo agencies for a reason: we all love Shutterstock images. But, do we all fully know and understand the Shutterstock license? 

Today we are going deep into Shutterstock’s license agreement. We’ll explain all their terms and give you all the relevant info about them. 

This way, you’ll not only make sure you’re using Shutterstock photos correctly but also that you are getting every possible benefit from them, too! 

Let’s get started, shall we? 

The Basics of this Shutterstock License Breakdown

Before we go into the actual fine print, let’s revise the principles of Shutterstock’s usage agreement, which you can find here, to start from an informed base. 

We'll preface this by stating since Shutterstock.com is one of the best stock photo sites of today, and have been consistently at the top of the stock photography industry since its launch in 2003, we believe their licensing terms are not only worth knowing for the sake of using Shutterstock content but also because they are an example of a stock media licensing agreement that inspires those of many other stock agencies. If you use stock photos regularly, knowing about the Shutterstock license helps you understand how online media licensing works.

We hope that reading this will help you not only understand how Shutterstock operates, but also why they charge what they charge for their service.

For more information about the costs of Shutterstock stock images, do check out our in-depth article with everything you need to know about Shutterstock pricing! You'll find details about image packs, monthly subscriptions, annual subscriptions, multimedia subscription plans, extended license costs, and more to save money and find the perfect option for your budget limitations.

And if you want to learn all about Shutterstock, make sure to read our Shutterstock review. Everything, from company history to payment method to bonus features, is in there! For even more info, our Shutterstock statistics report has all the relevant numbers to understand this agency better.

It’s a Royalty Free License

Shutterstock operates on the basis of a Royalty-Free license agreement, meaning the fee you pay for an image (whether it is via a stock photo subscription or if you purchase on-demand packs) is the one and the only fee you’ll ever pay for it. Once licensed and paid for, you will not be required to pay royalties for the use of said image ever again.

Keep in mind the same Royalty-Free license applies to any images you download with the new Shutterstock Free Trial, which makes them even more valuable, as most other free photos from the web are under Creative Commons or under the public domain, but Shutterstock's are all verified and policed, making them ideal for online advertising and similar marketing purposes.

It’s a One-Seat, Personal License

On Shutterstock, you can find multi-seat licenses for teams and also corporate agreements for companies and brands. However, the most common is the personal, individual license: one customer uses their individual Shutterstock account to license (download) and uses photos in various projects. This is the license option we are analyzing here today. [Note: you can find out the status of your account –individual, multi-seat, or corporate– in your account settings].

We’re Covering the Commercial Use License

Shutterstock has two license types available, albeit both royalty-free. One is the Standard Royalty-Free License for using the images for commercial purposes: marketing, advertising, branding, and all other uses linked to business activities, looking to generate profit (there's also an Extended license for this type). The other is the Editorial license, for editorial use only, which has a different set of rights and limitations. If you're in doubt as to which license you need, we got your back with our article explaining when to use a commercial license and when an editorial one. 

Today we are focusing on the former (Commercial Use License), as it’s the one that concerns the most creatives and business owners reading us.

If you’re a publisher, keep reading though! The Commercial license has applications for blog post images, e-books, and print publishing too. 

However, you can also check this article that explains editorial stock images, and read about where to find the best editorial images online, you’ll find Shutterstock Editorial is a very good provider! 

We’re Centering on the Image License

Shutterstock is a high-quality stock media service for creative professionals, thus it offers more than just still images. They have dedicated libraries for stock footage and stock audio, and each of these media formats has its respective licensing terms. 

In this article, we are studying the Image License as stock photos and stock images are still the number one media creatives are after and the most extensively used across platforms and mediums, both as tangible media or digital reproduction.

Note: Shutterstock has recently introduced the Flex 25 subscription that enables multimedia downloads, all under the same Standard, Royalty-Free license. You can now get a Flex subscription with a 15% off thanks to our exclusive Shutterstock Coupon!

Get a 15% off in this mixed-asset subscription to download stock images, stock videos, and stock music at once!
www.shutterstock.com pricing

A License is Only Issued with a Legal, Authorized, Non-Watermarked Download

All Shutterstock images appear watermarked with the Shutterstock logo on their website. This is to prevent them from being illegally downloaded and used without a license. The only way to obtain a valid license from Shutterstock is to download the files from their authorized sources (i.e., their download buttons).

There are ways to do this, both paid and also free of charge. Here, you can learn the 5 methods to download photos from Shutterstock without a watermark (with a valid license).

Shutterstock Licensing Terms Explained

DISCLAIMER: This is a non-official guide to Shutterstock License. We are not lawyers and this is our personal interpretation of their license. This guide is only informal and non-binding. If you have any question or need help, please contact a Shutterstock representative directly.

Alright, it’s time to get down to business. This is what the terms in Shutterstock License mean: 

#1. Non-Exclusive, Non-Transferrable, Worldwide, Perpetual

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This is the core of the agreement you subscribe to when you download an image from Shutterstock, so it’s very important to understand it fully. 

DO'S:

It is as clear as it can be: you can edit, or alter, and use the licensed image however you want, anywhere you want, in as many projects as you wish, forever. Just keep in mind others can license and use the same image at the same time as you, too. 

DON'TS:

You cannot resell, gift or transfer the licensed image to anyone for its use as-is. This license applies to you only, and you’re solely responsible for its use. 

Note: You CAN use Shutterstock images in client work –say, if you’re a designer creating visuals for a customer– under the Standard license no problem. But what you give the client must be the final, edited work, not the stock image just as you downloaded it from the agency. More info on this, on this dedicated guide on using stock photos in client work. 

Also, there is a series of usage limitations that you must abide by, which we’ll explain further along. 

#2. Standard Image License 

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Now we’re getting specific. This details the “Do’s” we just overviewed, clearly laying out what the Standard image license grants and the many possibilities in Shutterstock images for businesses and creatives, but it also implies some important “Don’ts” that were unknown until this point. 

DETAILED DO'S:

You get worldwide digital use including all main purposes like websites, online and mobile advertising, social media, email marketing, mobile apps, software, digital publishing and more. There are no restrictions on the number of views/visitors.

Use in physical form (i.e. prints), such as product packaging, business stationery, POS advertising, advertising in physical publications, billboards, wall art, etc. is limited to 500,000 copies. 

A special case is that of film, video, television series, advertisements and video productions for online streaming platforms and video sharing services (such as YouTube or Vimeo). Where you are allowed to use Shutterstock photos, but as long as the production budget does not exceed $10,000. 

This is an interesting point in Shutterstock License, as other agencies tend to set up a limitation for online video based on the number of views or visits, rather than the production value. 

DETAILED DON'TS:

You can’t exceed 500,000 physical copies or use the images in audio-visual productions that cost more than $10,000 to make. You can’t use the photos in products that you will then resell on a retail model (like t-shirts or canvases, for example). 

So what if you need more than 500,000 prints, you have a big-budget production in which you want to use images, or you want to use stock photos on a design to resell and make money? There is a solution: Shutterstock’s Enhanced License. Keep reading to find out more! 

#3. General Restrictions

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More very important details, this time about the things you categorically can’t do with Shutterstock images. These are restrictions that cannot be overcome (meaning Enhanced License does not remove the prohibitions). So it’s very important to know them. 

Unamovable Don'ts
You cannot use the images in any other way that those authorised expressly by the license. You cannot resell it or redistribute it as-is in any way. You cannot use Editorial Only photos in commercial-oriented work. You also cannot make it look like you created the images yourself, nor register any content created using stock images as a trademark (like a logo).

The rest is what is known as “Sensitive Use clauses”, that restrict uses that might result in moral or personal conflicts: 

  • Use in pornography or content that could be perceived as defamatory, deceptive or in any way illegal, is forbidden. 
  • It’s also not allowed to use photos of people (models) that puts them under a “bad light” or in any way that could be seen as negative. This means topics like pornography, adult content, dating and escort services, political endorsement, promotion of health-endangering products (like tobacco), content linked to religion, or about physical or mental disabilities, as well as immoral or criminal activity, are off the table. 

#4. Enhanced License

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Remember at the end of point #2 we said Enhanced License was the solution if you needed to remove the print run limit, budget limit, or resell prohibition? We were not kidding! 

Shutterstock’s Enhanced License quite literally enhances all the standard agreement’s usage rights by adding extra possibilities that erase the above-mentioned restrictions, for added flexibility and revenue opportunities. 

So, what does the Enhanced License include?

  • Unlimited copies for all the print uses accepted in Standard license
  • Unrestricted budget for all audiovisual production uses included in Standard agreement 
  • Ability to use Shutterstock photos in merchandise (for sale or promotional) and digital templates. More info about this in our coverage of where to find images to use in products for resale. 

It’s important to highlight that the right to use in products for resale means products where the image is part of the value, not the value itself. Reselling stock photos as what they are is always forbidden!
What About Pricing?
In Shutterstock’s website, all default prices displayed correspond to Standard Licensed images. They are available on-demand as well as with stock photo subscriptions. Prices range from $0,26 to $9,80 per download according to the buying method selected. 

And Enhanced? Given it gives you wider usage rights, it makes sense that images under this agreement come at a higher price point than those under Standard license. Enhanced Licenses are available for any image on Shutterstock’s library, and you can buy them on-demand in Enhanced License Packs starting at $99,50 per image. 

You can see all the details in our Shutterstock Pricing explanatory article

#5. Warranties and Representations

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As general as it may appear, this bit of terms is actually rather important! You may have read us before warning you about the dangers of using free photos from Google or the web in your designs (and if you haven’t, you really should!). The main reason free images are so dangerous is that nobody is backing up their legality, so you’re basically at your own risk, and without a lot of information as to how big that risk might be. 

With the above words, Shutterstock is expressing they do back up all their images, claiming they are legally verified as not infringing any copyright or privacy/individual rights and not violating any US laws. 

This is what gives you full peace of mind when it comes to using these photos in commercial-purposed projects, and what adds a ton of value to Shutterstock’s images and service too. 

#6. Indemnization Fee

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Another important point to know about Shutterstock License is the terms under which they’ll back up the legality of their images through legal indemnification. 

As they lay out in their terms, providing that you abide by all the licensing terms in your use of a Shutterstock image, the agency will indemnify you in the case of legal claims made against the image or your use of them, and the amount of this indemnification depends on which licensing version you purchase: 

  • Standard License has an indemnification fee of $10,000
  • Enhanced License has an indemnification fee of $250,000

In short, this is how you are financially and legally protected when using Shutterstock photos (if you are using them correctly, of course). 

However, they also specify that if your misuse of the image results in legal claims against Shutterstock, you will be held accountable and required to indemnify them. This is why it's so important to fully understand their license terms!

#7. Licensing Comparison – What License Do You Need? Shutterstock License 9 > The Shutterstock License Explained: Dos and Don'ts of Shutterstock ImagesShutterstock License 10 > The Shutterstock License Explained: Dos and Don'ts of Shutterstock Images

If you are unsure of which one of the licensing versions suits you best, Shutterstock adds a bit of help with this comparative list. 

The condensed terms help you easily identify which terms would work best for you in terms of cost-benefit and coverage. 

Real-Life Examples
Following the comparisons, let’s see some use-case scenarios and what license would make more sense for each. 
  1. I need to make 100,000 flyers to promote my services in a big festival and will use the same image design in 10,000 hats I will be giving away at the venue.

    License:
    While there is no intention to resell the hats, the number of copies needed for the flyers do NOT need an Enhanced License (you can print up to 500,000 flyers before you need one) – standard license is just OK.
  2. I want to blow up an image for one big billboard in a high-traffic area of my city.

    License:
    Standard License is perfect for this. Despite the big project and its potential results, one billboard is covered.
  3. I wish to use an image in the design of a mobile app that I intend will be used by thousands of people.

    License:
    Regardless of the size of the expected audience, Standard License is good for using images in apps.
  4. I am creating ten big canvases and I want to use Shutterstock images with overlaid text, and I’m selling them to people to decorate their homes.

    License:
    It’s ok to resell the image if it’s altered with text and used in a final product, but only under an Enhanced License, even for 10 items only.
  5. My client wants me to make a design with an image for business cards, letterheads, envelopes and other minor stationery items for his company. He will be buying this design from me and taking it to another company to print the items.

    License:
    Standard License suits just fine, providing there will be no more than 500,000 prints of this design. The fact you’re selling the final work to one person does not qualify as retail resale, so there is no need for an Enhanced License. 

Design Bankable Creative Visuals with Shutterstock Images

Now you’ve learned all you need to know about Shutterstock License to get squeeze the value out of its stock photos and play safe regarding usage and coverage, you have it all to start downloading images from Shutterstock and creating awesome visual content for your business or project! 

Last but not least, grab these useful tips for buying Shutterstock images: 

Happy designing!

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I am Content Manager, Researcher, and Author in StockPhotoSecrets.com and Stock Photo Press and its many stock media-oriented publications. I am a passionate communicator with a love for visual imagery and an inexhaustible thirst for knowledge. Lucky enough to enter the wonderful world of stock photography working side-by-side with experienced experts, I am happy to share my research, insights, and advice about image licensing, stock photography offers, and the stock media industry with everyone in the creative community. My background is in Communication and Journalism, and I also love literature and performing arts.

43 Comments
  1. This was extremely helpful. Thank you so much for making this. I especially found the Real-Life Examples part at the bottom helpful to understanding my particular needs.

  2. I’m not entirely clear as to what determines if I need an Enhanced License. I am a visual artist and need resource photos for my paintings. I want to use my personal photos and include an object that I can not photograph (for example, a penguin that lives no where near me). For that I need a resource photo. Do I need an Enhanced License because I might sell the artwork? No matter how much of the Shutterstock image I reproduce, nor no matter what percentage it is of my final painting? Do I need an Enhanced License if I’m only going to exhibit the artwork and never sell it?

    • Hi Wendy,

      You will need to verify this with a Shutterstock representative directly. It is my understanding that you cannot use a Shutterstock image as part of a painting, any more than you can use it as part of a logo. These are copyrighted images and you cannot claim them as your own, thus you could not claim a painting that contains a Shutterstock image as your own, original work, be it for exhibition or for sale. I am under the impression that Enhanced License doesn’t cover this.
      However, we at Stock Photo Secrets aren’t lawyers and we do not represent Shutterstock, so again, please verify this with them directly.

  3. so used in an ebook book to sold on Amazon, as long as it’s under the 500,000 limit, standard license is ok?

    • Hi there, first I need to let you know to check this question with the Shutterstock Support as well. But what I can see from the Shutterstock License, it seems to be OK to sell an ebook below 500,000 copies/sales on Amazon. You can find this explained in their license as follows: A STANDARD IMAGE LICENSE grants you the right to use Images:
      As a digital reproduction, including on websites, in online advertising, in social media, in mobile advertising, mobile “apps”, software, e-cards, e-publications (e-books, e-magazines, blogs, etc.), email marketing and in online media (including on video-sharing services such as YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, etc., subject to the budget limitations set forth in sub-section I.a.i.4 below);

  4. What are the chances that I buy a license, and it turns out that the image I bought was actually “stolen” from somewhere else? Are all Shutterstock images vetted to ensure they are original works?

  5. I am still unsure of which license I would need in my case. I am a painter, and I want to use certain images to create fine art paintings that I would sell in a gallery. In most cases I would use mainly the figure in the photo, and it would be altered in the background and by the application of paint. I would not be using the images for any commercial, digital, or marketing purposes. What do I need in that case? Thanks!

    • Hi.

      Looking for clarification. If I have enhanced license for image, can I make minimal changes to image such as adding a border or changing a font and sell posters for profit. Does this fall under the wall art bracket?

      • Disclaimer: We are not Shutterstock and therefore we can only give you our view on their license. Please ask them directly if you need a final answer. I think this is doable with the extended license. These extended licenses are meant to be sold as i.e. posters, wall art on mugs or t-shirts. I hope that helps. Kind Regards Amos

    • Hi Summer, you mentioned that “I would sell in a gallery” this means that you would earn money from the images and therefore it is commercial usage. I don’t think that even the extended license would allow such usage because it is creating a “copy” of the original image. But since we are not Shutterstock we can not tell for sure. So please reach out to them as well and ask this question. Thank you for your interesting question regarding this.

  6. Hi Amos

    I have written and designed a children’s science book to be published in Australia later this year. It has literally hundreds of small illustrations in it that I have downloaded using my annual account (10 images per day) with Bigstock (Shutterstock). The initial print run is 5,000.

    Do I need to credit every single downloaded image in it? Or does my standard license cover me for the whole book?

    Thanks.

    • Hi Daniel, first of all I want to mention that the Bigstock License is not the same as the Shutterstock License. Since you have bought and downloaded from Bigstock, you need to follow their license which you can find here: https://www.bigstockphoto.com/usage.html/ – Regarding your other question of the credit of every image: I would totally do that. That way you are on the safe side and no one can later complain. It also sounds like your children book contains mainly images you downloaded from Bigstock. I highly suggest to reach out to them to make sure that you can use their images as main part of the book. Sometimes you are required to buy an extended license if the images are the main part (creating the main value). Always check with Bigstock if you they are alright with the usage before you print your book. ALl the best.

  7. So are you saying that you don’t think Shutterstock’s enhanced license would cover using an image for a reference for a pencil drawing that you intend to sell?

  8. Thanks Amos. I appreciate your help.

  9. Hi, could you please tell me whether I can get a free trial for Shutterstock images and use one of the images (a picture of a field) for an vinyl album cover? It’s a vanity project so there will only be a few hundred copies printed at the most. Thanks a lot.

    • Hi Lucy,

      Clarifying first that we are not Shutterstock representatives, it is my understanding that you could use a Shutterstock image for this purpose, providing you make less than 500,000 copies. This is the stipulation on point a.2. of their Standard license agreement” “Printed in physical form as part of product packaging and labeling, (…) CD and DVD cover art, or in the advertising and copy of tangible media, (…) provided no Image is reproduced more than 500,000 times in the aggregate”; all images downloaded during your free trial period are under Standard license. I advise verifying with Shutterstock directly for your peace of mind, though.
      Hope this helps!

  10. While this is as good an article as I’ve seen, still one concern I’ve been researching. Can you use an image in perpetuity if you downloaded it during a trial or a short paid membership. Or must you maintain a paid membership?

    • Hi Paul, that’s a bit tricky. Usually, the rule of thumb is that all images which are downloaded and used within the subscription period can be used forever. I hope that helps.

  11. Very Nice Article, but is still hace a question.
    Can i resell the image on wall art(poster,metal etc)
    without adding text or adjusting the image?

    In the real life examples, there is only an example when adding text.
    But what about selling the image without adjusting it or without adding text, can i resell that on posters with the extended license?

    “I am creating ten big canvases and I want to use Shutterstock images with overlaid text, and I’m selling them to people to decorate their homes.

    License: It’s ok to resell the image if it’s altered with text and used in a final product, but only under an Enhanced License, even for 10 items only”

    • Thank you – very good question. Unfortunately, I can’t give you a final answer on this one. I recommend directly asking Shutterstock about this. Some stock agencies allow enhanced (or extended) license usage with non-edited material.

  12. I have a question about the Shutterstock License

    Hello-
    If I purchase a monthly, no-contract plan (ie: 350 images/mo for $199/mo), can I terminate the subscription, even after one month, and keep/use all the images I downloaded? Is there any penalty for terminating after one month? Thank you

    • Hi Carla, very good question. First of all, the obligatory disclaimer that we are not Shutterstock representatives, so my answer is for orientation only and you would need to verify with Shutterstock directly in any case. That said, as of right now according to Shutterstock’s terms you can keep and use all the images you download within your subscription forever, even after said subscription ends. About cancellation fees, if you hire the month-to-month plan there isn’t any penalty, you can hire it for just one month at no extra cost. Do keep two things: 1) The auto-renew option is selected by default, so you must make sure to unselect and save the changes in your account settings within the month, to avoid being charged for a subsequent one. And 2) Your allotted downloads are available for that month alone and while the subscription is active, any downloads you haven’t used by the time your plan is up will be forfeited.
      Hope this helps 🙂

  13. I need more Information about the Shutterstock License

    Hi there,

    I’d love to use shutterstock for the following:

    I plan on selling my personally created lightroom presets on etsy, and need images to showcase the effect of the preset. I’d plan on using shutterstock stock images to show the before and afters of the presets, and include them in the pictures of the listing. I wouldn’t be selling the photos of course – just the presets.

    Which license would this come under?

    Thank-you!

    • Hi Oliver, first of all, you should always ask Shutterstock directly. We are not Shutterstock nor can we give any legal advice. For me, nevertheless, it sounds like you would only use the stock photos to advertise your service. Therefore I don’t see the need for an extended license. A normal license should usually cover this. Nevertheless, please check with Shutterstock directly. Also keep in mind, that you can not use the images on “products” or within those “products” to add value (usually on an advertisement, packaging, etc. on products it is OK). For that kind, you would need usually an extended license. I hope that helps.

  14. I have a question about the Shutterstock License

    Hi, can I use an image with a Standard Editorial license in more than one blog article on the same domain? For example, we have a number of different news articles about Microsoft on our blog. can I use the same image with a Standard editorial license in all of them?

    Thank you.

    • Hi, obligatory disclaimer that we are not Shutterstock representatives, so you would need to contact Shutterstock directly to verify about this. My answer is orientative only. That said, the Editorial license at Shutterstock is a one-use-only license. Meaning you can only use it once, in connection with one medium. So you would need to re-license the image every time you want to use it in a new blog post. However, their terms also include that you are allowed to re-use an Editorial image as long as it is contextually related to your initial use –for example, if you use an image in a news post about Microsoft, you could then re-use the same image in a social media post where you promote your article–. Hope this helps!

  15. Hi, this is very helpful article thank you very much!
    I have a question about omy situation. I download the vector file from Shutterstock, use it in my design and send back to the client. The client will then use my design image as a Facebook/Instagram post.
    In this case, which license should I purchase for the vector file?

    • Hi Phan, I’m glad our article is helpful for you! Regarding your question, the use you’re describing is covered by Shutterstock Standard License. Just keep in mind that: your client can only use your design in their social media channels (they cannot use the vector element from Shutterstock alone, as they do not have a license for it). However, we are not Shutterstock representatives so we advise you to verify with them directly. Hope this helps!

  16. I have a question about the Shutterstock License

    In regards to the 500,000 reproduction of any
    used image is that in a single print run, or promotion? If I use the image over a 5 year time period do I need to keep track of how many times I reprint the image ?

    • Hi Meg, very good question. If you check the image in section #2 of our guide above, you’ll see that point 2 of Shutterstock’s Standard License mentions that physical prints are limited to 500,000 reproductions “in the aggregate”. So this print run limit applies to the image as a whole, no matter how many designs you’re using it. To answer your question, yes, you need to keep track of the number of prints you make, over time. If in the future you need to surpass the 500,000 copies limit, you can always re-license the image (i.e. re-download it from Shutterstock) under Standard, or upgrade to an Enhanced license (which grants unlimited downloads among other usage rights) if you see it fit. Mind you, we are not Shutterstock representatives, so you might be better off contacting them directly to verify the information. Hope this helps!

  17. Something else…

    I was curious about the usage score – which is used more – “frequently used” or “high usage”?

    • Hi Natalie, according to Shutterstock’s score system, “high usage” is the term that indicates the image has been downloaded more times (thus, presumably used more). Hope this helps!

  18. I have a question about the Shutterstock License

    I have made metal art for many years…How ever physically I coming to the end of this career. I have bought and incorporated some silhouette images in this art. For example I bought a tree and mountain design, cut the parts I want alter them to fit my bear on a river scene. I know I am aloud to make physical products out of this new design however I am wondering if I am aloud to sell the design in a online store like esty?

    • Just to let you know that we are not Shutterstock and this is not legal advice. But for me, it sounds like you would need image extended images for the images you use to resell the item. This usually also applies to parts of an image (cut-outs or you used parts). I always recommend reaching out to Shutterstock and asking them directly.

  19. I need more Information about the Shutterstock License

    I am looking to download shutter stock images such as Birds. Then putting images in frames and selling them online. Is this allowed? If so what is best licence please?

  20. Do you know if there is a legal requirement and/or advantage for an agency to have a corporate licence, rather than an individual licence?

    • I’m sorry but I don’t understand your question. Maybe you want to explain what you want to archive or what you are worried about. That would help to find the right answer.

  21. I need more Information about the Shutterstock License

    Hi,

    I want to know if I am using the Shutterstock images in a book, do I need to put the licence number in the same book?

    • Hi Sarika, per Shutterstock’s license terms, you are not ever required to disclose the license number, but you are required to credit Shutterstock for the images, in a clear and legible font. For Standard Royalty-Free License, the credit suggested is “Name of Artist/Shutterstock.com”. And for Editorial Only License, the form of attribution should be “Name of Artist / Agency / Shutterstock”. Hope this helps!

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