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
User -any individual, or employee/subcontractor of a corporation who either:
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.
Royalty-free clips and photos may be used in an unlimited number of projects, worldwide, and in perpetuity.
What you will need to determine your license:
Medium - the method of communication which will be used to display the licensed content. Examples of this are advertising, television shows, or films.
Number of users - Number of users refers to anyone who would have access to the clip at any stage. If you’re working on a project where you will be the only one with access to the clip/photo or the finished product that would be Standard, single user license. In all other cases, including working for a client, you would need an Extended or Premium license for unlimited users.
Unlimited number of projects - This term 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 - This term 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 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 manipulated or unincorporated from the end use. This includes physical products such as postcards, mugs, apparel, posters, artwork etc., as well as digital media such as screensavers, apps, and video games. For more information on Product for Resale please contact our customer service team.
For web templates, please contact us.
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 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.
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.
Rights-managed (RM) clips or photos may be licensed for individual projects, using a pricing calculator that considers medium, usage, scale, and duration.
See the table below for examples of the most commonly used Rights-Managed Licenses.
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
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.
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 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.
If the clip or photo you are looking to purchase is under a Rights-Managed (RM) license, RM clips or photos are licensed for individual projects using a pricing calculator that considers medium, usage, scale and duration of projects. For personal use, you can license under “internal.”
In regards to Royalty-Free (RF) photos or clips, the Standard license for footage is our single-user license for personal use. For a photo, you can continue with the single-user license that is included with our standard photo licenses.
Dissolve supplies TV/ Film riders which provide injunctive relief for productions that need it.
If this is something you are interested in, please contact us and one of our team members can assist you. When reaching out, please provide detailed information including the level of indemnification your production requires.
Our Standard royalty-free license is a single-user license and covers web/social use, and internal corporate use with indemnification up to 10x purchase price.
Our Plus license allows for unlimited users and in any medium, in unlimited projects worldwide, in perpetuity with indemnification up to 10x purchase price.
Royalty-free licensing options
Rights-managed licensing options