Which Files Are Cleared for Commercial Use?

With our vast and ever-growing library of over 11 million royalty-free video clips - plus music, sound effects, photos, and more, we offer both commercial use and editorial media. To check your usage, review our License Agreement.

Commercial Use Media

Most of the media in our library is commercial use ready. If the file does not have any recognizable faces, visible logos, audible voices, or audible music, a model/property release is usually not required for commercial use.

If the media does contain any recognizable faces, visible logos, audible voices, or audible music, a model/property release would be needed to use the file commercially. 


Editorial Media

If the file contains any recognizable faces, visible logos, audible voices, or audible music, and a model/property release is not available, the content is Editorial Only.


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    Hi guys! Can I use audio files with monks chanting for  Youtube videos and then monetize them? 

    Thanks for your time

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    Once you have purchased the audio files and your usage is covered by our license agreement, you can incorporate our Royalty Free audio files into your YouTube videos for monetization.

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    Hi , I'm seeking for some videos for our project.The videos will be displayed in a store with no other usages.For example, this video"https://www.pond5.com/stock-footage/56181135/timelapse-traffic-eveningjakartajavaindonesia.html"shows it's editorial only. Can I use it?

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    Editorial Only content can only be used for Editorial purposes ie. news and documentary use. Due to various visible logos in this footage, I am afraid it cannot be used commercially.

    However, it sounds like content which is not Editorial Only would be fine for your intended purpose. Please always read through the restrictions in section 4 of our license agreement to ensure your usage is covered. 

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    Hi. I have a question about images such as photos and illustrations that don't contain recognizable faces. Can these be used on business cards, sympathy cards, blogs, websites, slideshows, etc.? If not, how can these images be commercially used? I don't quite understand parts of the licensing agreement and I don't want to make any mistakes with the images. Also, can the info about seats be explained.

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    If the content is commercially cleared (not marked for Editorial Use only) it can be used commercially, across all media in accordance with our Royalty Free license agreement. 

    Blogs, websites, slideshows etc would all be covered. As you mentioned cards, I would like to bring your attention to the fact that our Standard License permits up to 500K printed copies. If you will be printing more than this amount of cards, you will need to upgrade to an extended license. Check out your options here  - -> https://www.pond5.com/extended-licenses

    A Standard license for purchased media contains one seat. A “Seat” is a single user, person, or computer, hard drive accessible to one person. A “seat” cannot be shared, or passed along. Each new user of the content is an additional “seat.” If for instance, there is a team of 3 working on editing the raw file before it is incorporated into the finished product, an Enhanced License would be required. 

    I hope this helps clear things up for you. If we can assist with anything else, please do reach out to our support team. We are always happy to help. 


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    This is a follow up question to an answer Jonathan gave in April 2015, regarding usage on YouTube.  I was looking to purchase a track as the main theme for a video podcast I'm planning, so I'm worried about constantly receiving copyright strikes whenever we upload a new episode.  Is that something I should be worried about?  That would be insanely frustrating...

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    Please know that you do have the proper rights to monetise content purchased from Pond5 on YouTube in accordance with our Royalty Free license agreement.

    The vast majority of the time our buyers don't run into this issue. From time to time however, these claims may occur. It may be that the composer or someone representing the composer has entered the music into the YouTube Content ID.  Pond5 requires its composers to release their claim on any videos uploaded by Pond5 customers, so that our customers are freely able to monetize their videos, or show them without ads if they choose. 

    Although these claims are entirely out of our control, we are always more than happy to help you by filing a dispute on your behalf. Should a claim occur, they are generally resolved within 48 hours of filing a dispute and we are more than happy to assist. 

    Please reach out to our support team if you have any further questions :)

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    With a non-vocal musical content under royalty free license agreement, if used within a pc or app game which is then sold over a distributor ie Steam, Google Play, Itunes... would this be still be legal or must a separate agreement be established with the producer/composer/writer of the content?

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    Great question! 

    Digital games (video & mobile game) and applications are considered as Production uses and use of Pond5 Content in them is covered with our Standard License, providing there is only one 1 person working with the raw unincorporated file. 

    If you have additional questions, please reach out to our support team anytime and we will be happy to assist!

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    Hello, I would like to know more about the "cleared for sample" option when i upload a track.

    I am the sole producer of the audio track, they do not contain vocals, sampling or sample packs, everything is original.

    Do I check yes or no on the cleared for sampling option?


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    @siviu - Great question! If everything in your track is 100% original and you are OK licensing your work for music sampling, then you can click "yes" on Cleared for Sampling. It's entirely up to you, though!

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