Licensing clips and photos from Dissolve

Most of Dissolve’s stock footage and photo collections can be used commercially, royalty-free. Use our search filters to find what works for you. Questions? Contact us via live chat, email or phone: + 1 800 518 6748


  • Royalty-free clips

    Commercial royalty-free license options

    Royalty-free clips marked “Released” and “No release required” may be used in an unlimited number of commercial or editorial projects, worldwide, in perpetuity, in accordance with this table.

    Editorial royalty-free license options

    Royalty-free clips marked “No release on file” may be used in an unlimited number of editorial projects, worldwide, in perpetuity, in accordance with this table. To find out if a portion of a clip may be used commercially, contact us.

  • Royalty-free photos

    Royalty-free photos marked as released (model or property released, or both) or “No releases required” may be used in an unlimited number of commercial or editorial projects, worldwide, in perpetuity, in accordance with this table.

    Single-user license

    Included in base price

    10-user license

    Included in base price

    Unlimited users

    + $99 USD

    PFR license

    + $499 USD
    Users in your organization 1 10 Unlimited Unlimited
    Use in print Up to 250k runs Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
    Use in products for resale Not permitted Not permitted Not permitted Unlimited
    Indemnification Up to 10x purchase price. Add up to $250,000 indemnification for $249 USD.

    Photos marked as “Editorial use only” or “No releases on file” be used only in editorial projects, in accordance with the table above.

  • About royalty-free licenses

    Royalty-free (RF) clips or photos may be used by one user in an unlimited number of projects, worldwide, in perpetuity. Choose the extended royalty-free license for unlimited users, if the clip or photo is part of a product for resale, or used in print runs over 500k.

  • About rights-managed licenses

    Rights-managed (RM) clips or photos may be licensed for individual projects, using a pricing calculator that considers:

    • Medium, such as advertising, television show, or film
    • Usage, such as theatrical, festival rights, online advertising
    • Scale, such as region or target audience
    • Duration, such as one year, or life of project

    Rights-managed indemnification options

    You may request usage history of rights-managed clips or photos. Exclusive rights are also available, whereby we remove the clip or photo from our collection. Contact us

  • About releases

    Any clip or photo you license, whether royalty-free or rights-managed, also has a release status, which defines how the item may legally be used, based on permissions granted by the people shown or the owners of properties shown.

    Most clips and photos on our site may be used in virtually any commercial or editorial context, including commercials for online or broadcast use, documentary or journalistic videos, feature-length and short films, explainers and corporate videos, websites and digital media, video games and software applications, and designs, publications, and websites.

    Some clips or photos on our site feature recognizable faces, buildings, or locations, but do not provide model and/or property releases. These may be used in editorial contexts only, such as documentaries, non-fiction shorts, or videojournalism (news).

  • What can you do with a clip or photo?

    Releases

    Royalty-free standard license

    Royalty-free extended or premium license

    Rights-managed license

    No releases required May be used by one user in your organization, in an unlimited number of projects.

    May not be used in products for resale or for print runs over 500k.
    May be used by an unlimited number of users in your organization, for an unlimited number of projects.

    May be used in unlimited products for resale and print runs.
    May be used In a single commercial or editorial project, in the medium, usage, scale, and duration specified by the calculator.
    Model and property released
    Model released As above; however if properties are present and identifiable, they are not released.
    Property released As above; however if models are present and identifiable, they are not released.
    Editorial use only May be used by one user in your organization, In an unlimited number of editorial projects. May be used by an unlimited number of users in your organization, for an unlimited number of editorial projects.

    Use in products for resale may be allowed, upon approval – contact us
    In a single editorial project, in the medium, usage, scale, and duration specified when you priced the clip or photo.
    No releases on file No releases have been provided for this clip or photo, but they may not be required. Contact us to see if it’s suitable for your project.

    Extended and premium licenses also provide additional indemnification, as explained below.

  • Indemnification and guarantees

    Under the standard royalty-free license, Dissolve’s total aggregate liability is limited to 10 times the purchase value. Extended licenses provide up to $100,000 indemnification where specified. Premium licenses provide up to $500,000 indemnification where specified. Higher indemnification amounts, up to unlimited, may be available by contacting us.

    Indemnification is not provided for “Editorial use only” clips licensed through the web site, however, it may be available by contacting us.

  • TV and film riders

    For an additional fee, you may request to purchase clips under a rider which ensures the clips will be available for worldwide use, in all mediums, for the life of your project. For information contact us.