iStock offers two types of licenses: Standard Licenses, included with almost all of the files licensed on iStock, and a set of Extended Licenses to suit your specific needs. The five types of Extended Licenses provide greater usage freedom for the files licensed from iStock. Please read the full Content License Agreement or Standard Audio Content License Agreement to understand how Extended License Provisions modify the original agreement and for the specific details on the indemnification obligations of iStock. If you're licensing content with iStock Credits, you can purchase an Extended License when initially licensing content or anytime afterward by calling Support. Files for Editorial Use Only fall under the Standard License, but have their own restrictions that limit them to non-commercial uses only. Extended licenses are not available for any files licensed with an image subscription.
Every royalty-free file licensed on iStock includes a free Legal Guarantee. This is our promise that content, used within the terms of the license agreement, will not infringe any copyright, moral right, trademark or other intellectual property right or violate any right of privacy or publicity.
If you receive a threatened or actual claim that your use of iStock content (used within the terms of the license agreement) is infringing any rights mentioned above, notify us of that claim and, with your consent, we will defend you and be responsible for your damages and expenses up to $10,000.
If you need a little extra peace of mind from iStock, the Extended Legal Guarantee increases iStock's responsibility for your damages and expenses up to $250,000. This Extended Legal Guarantee can be added to any file using iStock Credits.
If you're licensing content with iStock Credits, you can license (or purchase) an Extended License when you first download content or anytime afterwards. Please note, when purchasing the Extended License at a later date, you will be required to re-license the file. Extended licenses are not available for files licensed with an image subscription.
Here are the types of Extended Licenses available by file type:
|Extended License options||Photos &
|Unlimited reproduction/print run||✔||✔||✕|
|Items for resale
|Electronic items for resale
|Extended Legal Guarantee||✔||✔||✔|
Please note: Extended licenses are not available for files licensed with an image subscription.
|Permitted use||Standard License||Extended License|
|Advertisements in newspapers, magazine, or other printed material||Yes, up to 499,999 impressions||Unlimited reproduction/print run license required for 500,000 or more impressions|
|Web/digital advertisements||Yes||Not required|
|Printed promotional projects including product packaging, catalogues, brochures, promotional greeting cards, promotional postcards and promotional posters (but not for resale or license)||Yes, up to 499,999 impressions||Unlimited reproduction/print run license required for 500,000 or more impressions|
|Corporate film and video presentations||Yes||Not required|
|Commercial film, motion pictures, movies or theatrical presentations||Yes, up to 499,999 DVDs||Unlimited reproduction/print run license required for 500,000 or more DVDs|
|Books and book covers, CD & DVD covers||Yes, up to 499,999 impressions||Unlimited reproduction/print runs license required for 500,000 or more impressions|
|Editorial purposes: printed magazines, newspapers, editorials, newsletters||Yes, up to 499,999 impressions. You must give credit as follows:"©iStock.com/membername"||Unlimited reproduction/print run license required for 500,000 or more impressions|
|Online or electronic publications or uses, including web pages.||Yes||Not required|
|Prints, posters, stationery items and other reproductions for personal or business use (but NOT for resale or license)||Yes, up to 499,999 impressions||Unlimited reproduction/print run license required for 500,000 or more impressions|
|Items for resale, including prints, posters, calendars, mugs, mousepads, t-shirts, games, etc.||No||Items for resale — limited run license required. Note: there are quantity restrictions dependent on the type of item|
|Electronic templates for resale on websites, brochures, business cards, e-greeting cards, etc.||No||Electronic items for resale license required. If your electronic template will result in printed products such as business cards, you must also purchase the Unlimited reproduction/print run license|
|Install content in more than one location at a time||No||Multi-seat license required|
Here is what you cannot do with either a Standard or Extended license:
|Prohibited uses for both Standard and Extended license|
|Online "print-on-demand" products|
|Use in any logo or trademark|
|Pornographic, obscene or libelous works|
|Use that depicts personal endorsement by model|
|Use that depicts model in a sensitive way i.e. mental or physical health issues, substance abuse, criminal behavior, sexual activity or preference without a disclaimer.|
|Sub-license, give away, share or otherwise transfer stand-alone images/files|
Files for Editorial Use Only cannot be used for any commercial purposes. These files may contain identifiable brands, locations or people without the proper legal releases needed for commercial use.
They may be used in blogs, magazine and newspaper editorial applications, or other non-commercial uses.
Editorial-Use-Only files can be used for:
Editorial-Use-Only files cannot be used for: