Exclusive Program

We Want You

iStock wants to be your exclusive online, royalty-free, stock media agent. We don't want to share you and we'll take very good care of you. Every day more iStockers take the exclusive plunge and never look back.

Earn Up to 45% Royalties

Every time someone downloads your files, you get closer to earning higher royalty rates. For licenses purchased with credits contributor royalties begin at 15% and increase based on the total amount paid to license your files each calendar year ("Redeemed Credits"), up to 45%. Each year, Redeemed Credit targets will be announced. These targets will be used to guide a contributor's royalty rate during that year and to establish the initial royalty rate in the following year. A contributor's royalty rate will move up during the year as that contributor's Redeemed Credits hit the announced targets. A contributor's initial royalty rate for the following year will be determined using the Redeemed Target announced the previous year. For licenses purchased with a subscription, contributors receive a flat royalty per downloaded file. As a result, no Redeemed Credits are applied for subscription licenses.

How Much Does an Exclusive Contributor Make?

iStock pays royalty rates of between 22%-45% to its exclusive contributors. For more information please see the royalty schedule

Exclusivity FAQs:

How long am I committed?

If you get cold feet, you can cancel your Exclusive contract with 30 days notice, after providing us with a reason ("it's not you, it's me"). And we'll always take you back, with a 90 day reinstatement waiting period.

Does that cover all of my files?

Exclusivity only covers your royalty-free stock files. iStock does not require Exclusivity for:

  • Rights-managed files with other organizations
  • Personal portfolio sites
  • Work for hire/editorial work contracts
  • Prints for sale

Are there other restrictions?

  • Images, video or audio files may not be sold on the artist's own site (including collections, CD-ROMs, etc).
  • Artist may not give away files for free, from their own or any other site.
  • Rejected files may not be sold elsewhere

Please read the complete Exclusive Artist Supply Agreement and/or the Audio Exclusive Artist Supply Agreement. If you have any questions at all, contact us and we'll be glad to help.

How do I become an Exclusive contributor?

If you have 250 downloads, a minimum 50% approval rating, and have no royalty-free stock images, vector illustrations, video footage, or audio clips available at other agencies, you can join our exclusive team. Video contributors only need one upload to be approved as an exclusive contributor while sound artists only need 10 downloads. Once eligible, contributors must apply to join the exclusivity program.

More benefits

Increased sales potential

iStock is the world's most popular stock media website. Exclusivity brings more attention to your portfolio and makes the most out of all that traffic. You will see a difference.

Faster Uploads

As an exclusive contributor you will experience shorter wait times because your submissions are inspected first. This means an increase in selling potential as more of your work appears online faster.

Protection and resolution

Exclusivity makes it easier for us to protect our contributors. We can better enforce compliance issues when we know an image came from us and must follow our licensing agreement.

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