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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. Find out more in our EULA. Questions? Contact us via live chat, email or phone: + 1 800 518 6748


  • General definitions

    User - any individual, employee, or subcontractor of a corporation who: i) downloads, purchases, manipulates, or saves any content from Dissolve.com, ii) is involved within the creative process for which the content is being used, iii) uses the content in any other form.

    Content - means the images, footage, films, videos, photographs, typefaces, music or other audio/visual representations recorded in any format that are owned or controlled by Dissolve and licensed to you.

    Indemnification - means a level of financial protection against a loss suffered by the company, team, or users due to the unlikely event of a license dispute. See the “Indemnification and guarantees” section below for more information.

    Release - a status assigned to content which indicates how that content can be used once licensed. See “About releases” section for more info about releases.

  • About royalty-free licenses

    Royalty-free clips and photos may be used for any medium, in an unlimited number of projects, worldwide, and in perpetuity.

    Medium - the method of communication which will be used to display the licensed content. Examples of this are advertising, television shows, or films.

    Unlimited number of projects - refers to the amount of projects licensed content can be used in. In the case of prints, your amount of prints do not reset if you are using the content for another project. For example, if you have a 250K print license, once you use up the 250K prints, whether it is within one project or several, you must purchase another license to obtain more prints.

    Worldwide - refers to the geographical area or scale in which you can display licensed content. Other scales you may see are Local, Regional, or National.

    Perpetuity - indicates that the license purchased is forever or never ending.

    Go to the Royalty-free clips or Royalty-free photos sections below to see the specific licenses we have to offer.

  • 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.

    Product for resale refers to any commercial products in which the content is a major element or feature and wherein the content cannot be unincorporated from the end use. This includes but is not limited to physical products such as; postcards, mugs, apparel, posters, artwork, calendars, etc. This also includes digital media such as but not limited to; electronic templates for websites, powerpoint templates, screensavers, software or mobile applications, video games, etc.

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

    Product for resale refers to any commercial products in which the content is a major element or feature and wherein the content cannot be unincorporated from the end use. This includes but is not limited to physical products such as; postcards, mugs, apparel, posters, artwork, calendars, etc. This also includes digital media such as but not limited to; electronic templates for websites, powerpoint templates, screensavers, software or mobile applications, video games, etc.

  • About rights-managed licenses

    Rights-managed (RM) clips or photos may be licensed for individual projects, using a pricing calculator that considers medium, usage, scale, and duration.

    • Medium - the method of communication which will be used to display the licensed content. Examples of this are advertising, television shows, or films.
    • Usage - a subset of medium which refers to the exact way the licensed content will be displayed. Examples of usages are online advertising, playback, or theatrical.
    • Scale - refers to the geographical area in which you can display licensed content. You may choose Local, Regional, National, or Worldwide.
    • Duration - indicates how long the licensed content can be used for within that project. You may choose 1 year or Life of Project.

    See the table below for examples of the most commonly used Rights-Managed Licenses.

    Rights-managed license options

    License

    Television

    Feature Film

    Advertising

    Business

    Most common uses Scripted television shows, playback, or online programming (Netflix). Film festivals and documentaries. Paid social ads and TV commercials. Non-paid social ads, trade show displays, and music videos.

    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 almost 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.

    Editorial clips and photos feature recognizable models, buildings, locations, brands, and trademarks for which we do not have releases. Usage for editorial clips and photos are at the discretion of the licensee, as Dissolve does not provide any indemnification on editorial clips or photos.

  • Release statuses

    No releases required - There are no recognizable faces, buildings, or locations in the clip/photo or any that do appear do not need releases therefore it can be used within any commercial or editorial project.

    Model and property released - We have all necessary model and property releases for the clip or photo, therefore it can be used within any commercial or editorial project.

    Model released - We have all the necessary model releases for the clip or photo. Usage is the same as above except in cases where there are recognizable buildings, locations, brands, or trademarks, in these cases the clip or photo can only be used in editorial projects.

    Property released - We have all the necessary property releases for the clip or photo. Usage is the same as above except in cases where there are recognizable models, in these cases the clip or photo can only be used in editorial projects.

    Editorial - We do not have the necessary model or property releases for this clip or photo. Usage for editorial clips and photos are at the discretion of the licensee, as Dissolve does not provide any indemnification on editorial clips or photos.

    No releases on file - No releases have been provided for this clip or photo, however there may be commercial uses available for the content or for parts of it. Contact our customer service team to see if it is suitable for your project.

  • 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” clips licensed through the web site, however, it may be available by contacting us.

    Coverage begins on the date of purchase of the indemnification.