Help center: The basics
Frequently asked questions
- Using images for free
- Buying images for personal or home use
- Licensing photos, illustrations, video and music clips
- Pricing photos, illustrations, video and music clips
- Using creative images and video clips
- Using editorial photos and video clips
- How licensing relates to copyright protection, ownership and infringement
- What royalty-free licenses are and why they’re not free of charge
Using images for free
In most cases, you will need to buy a license to use images found on gettyimages.com, including for websites, social media, advertisements, marketing campaigns, corporate presentations, newspapers, magazines, books, web and mobile applications, product packaging and personal use.
You can use an image without paying for a license with our Embed feature, which lets you use over 70 million photos on any non-commercial website (if you're using it to sell a product, raise money or promote or endorse something, Embed isn't for you).
Learn how to embed Getty Images photos
Buying images for personal or home use
Looking for photos for your home, office or as a gift? Visit Photos.com, where you can find a large selection of stunning, expertly framed photography from Getty Images, shipped and ready to hang.
If the image you're looking for isn't available from Photos.com, you can get a creative one-time use license for personal use for things like home décor or a card for an invitation to a private event.
Editorial images can't be used for personal or home use.
Contact us to get set up with a creative use license
Licensing photos, illustrations, video and music clips
Every file you download from Getty Images comes with a license, which allows you to use your image, illustration or video for specific uses over a certain amount of time, depending on the type of license.
Royalty-free licenses allow you to use a file for advertising, websites, blogs, presentations, video productions, podcasts and more, as many times as you want, worldwide. The license terms and price of our rights-ready videos and rights-managed editorial images, on the other hand, are based on how, when, and where you intend to use the content.
Depending on who you identify as the "licensee," either you (the purchaser) or someone else (3rd party individual or company, such as a client) will own the right to use the file as outlined in the license agreement. Read the full Getty Images content license agreement.
Pricing photos, illustrations, video and music clips
When you download a photo, illustration, vector, video or music clip on Getty Images, you're actually buying a license that gives you rights to use it in your projects.
All creative images and some creative videos and editorial images are Royalty-free (RF), which means their price is based on file size. Rights-ready videos (RR) and rights-managed editorial images (RM), on the other hand, are priced by usage.
In addition to the license type, the price of the license is influenced by how you're paying for that license — you can buy them one at a time as you go, stock up and save with prepaid download packs (rights-managed images not included), or commit to a larger number of downloads a year through a Premium Access annual plan.
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Pay by file size
- Creative RF photos, illustrations and vectors
- Creative RF video clips
- Standard editorial rights photos
Pay by usage
- Creative RR video clips
- Custom editorial rights photos
- Editorial video clips
Royalty-free musicWe offer thousands of royalty-free music tracks and sound effects for the same price, no matter the length and size of the file.
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Using creative images and video clips
Our creative stock photos, illustrations, vectors and video clips are intended for use in commercial projects like advertising, websites, blogs, presentations, video productions, as well as virtually any other project you can imagine, within the terms of our content license agreement.
Informed by our unparalleled creative research team, these stunning, art-directed images and video come with our promise that we have all of the necessary model and property releases that let you use the content in a wide variety of uses (in some cases additional clearances may be required).
The license type your file is offered under has an impact on how you can use it. There are two main types of licenses: royalty-free (which comes with our broadest usage rights) and rights-managed (which comes with rights based on your specified use).
See our content license agreement for restricted uses.
Using royalty-free images and video clips
Every image or video clip downloaded with a royalty-free license provides you with broad usage rights that let you use it for advertising, websites, blogs, presentations, video productions, podcasts and more, as many times as you want, worldwide.
Using rights-managed images and rights-ready video clips
Rights-managed editorial images and and rights-ready video clips give customized rights control for a fraction of the cost of a custom shoot. But, unlike royalty-free licenses, the license terms of our editorial rights-managed images and rights-ready video clips are based on how, where and for how long you intend to use the content. Since you're paying only for that specific use, you can't use the image or video in additional projects without purchasing additional licenses. Getty Images no longer offers rights-managed licenses for creative images.
Using editorial photos and video clips
Shot by some of the leading news, entertainment and sports photographers in the business, our editorial photos and video clips show real-world people, places, events and things and are intended to be used only in connection with events that are newsworthy or of general interest.
Unlike creative stock images, editorial images have restrictions on their usage. They can only be used for newspapers, magazines, editorial broadcasts, non-commercial websites, blogs and social media posts illustrating matters of public interest. Editorial images don't have model or property releases, so you won't be able to use these images for commercial, promotional, advertorial or endorsement purposes. Additional restrictions may apply (for more information, refer to the "Restrictions" information on your file's detailed information page and the content license agreement).
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How licensing relates to copyright protection, ownership and infringement
Every file you download from Getty Images comes with a license, which allows you to use your image, illustration, video and music clips for specific uses over a certain amount of time, depending on the type of license.You do not own the file, but you have the right to use it.
If you use a file in a project without licensing it, you are infringing on the copyright and can be held liable.
Learn more about how copyright applies to you
What royalty-free licenses are and why they’re not free of charge
Purchasing a license gives you the legal right to use the file, plus it ensures our contributors get paid for the great work they do.