Which Files Are Fully Cleared for Commercial Use?

With our vast and ever-growing library of over 7 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. 

To see if a file has a release available and to limit your search results, see How Do I Tell Released Files From Unreleased Files?

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.

Editorial Only media is marked with a disclaimer under a file's full preview. 

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    How do I find out if an audio clip may be used commercially?

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    @MiaAnstine - Any of our audio files that DON'T contain vocals can be used commercially. If there is any sort of spoken / vocal component to the audio, like a person speaking or singing lyrics, then you would need a model release with that item to ensure it could be used commercially.

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    Thank you @Jonathan Does this mean I should be able to use it on my YouTube videos, if it doesn't have vocals?

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    Yes, absolutely. Though anytime you use music in a video on YouTube there's a chance of receiving a copyright strike. If this happens with content you purchased from Pond5, just send a message to support@pond5.com with the following information:

    • a link to the YouTube video
    • the transactionID and clipID for the item from your receipt
    • the name of the entity that placed the claim (AdRev, Audium, etc.)

    We are typically able to get copyright claims removed within 24 - 48 hours. Very often less than 8 hours if it's an AdRev claim.

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    Hi,

    I work for a motosports company in the UK and I wondering if I could ask a 'probably very simple' question. If I buy a track on pond5 do I own the rights to use it on all forms of media and broadcast? eg. I am making a 15/20 sec commercial which will be broadcasted on Belgium TV. I ask this because in my research for using royalty free music I'm came across http://www.premiumbeat.com/license which is good but costs $250 per track to use on broadcasting worldwide (if you scroll to the bottom). Is this the case with you guys?

    Sorry for the longwinded question.

    Thanks

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    @freddie1 - Yeah, our license would totally cover that usage. At Pond5, you get lifetime, unlimited, world wide usage, in perpetuity, across all media platforms. And you get that for whatever you see the price as on the website. :)

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    According to the usage agreement, it seems permissible to purchase an image/illustration and then add the name of my organization (as original art) and print this combined content on a tote bag or tee-shirt for promotional purposes or sale (as long as it contains my original art in addition to the purchased image). Am I correct?

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    @Dave Bywater - Unfortunately, no, that is not correct. You'll want to review Section 4.d and 4.e of our license agreement, as these list the restrictions with regard to printed goods or printing on physical goods. Largely, it is not allowed.

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    Hi Jonathan,

    I would like to use a sound fx (containing no human vocals, only animals) for a music CD of my band. Is that OK? Because in the description all these audio clips state "Availability for musical works: no". Please let me know and also if it's fine, how should I credit the author.

    Cheers!

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    @brotodo - No worries, that should be just fine. "New musical works" refers to recording lyrics over a music track to create a new song, but that's not what you're doing if you're just adding animal SFX to a song. You're golden. :)

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    Hi,
    So if I read @Freddie1's question correctly and @Jonathan's answer, it means that if I buy a video file - say "Mother With Child Play On Meadow"|HD 1080 |$25 - the license will cover the usage of this included in a concept trailer for a tv series, for example? Would it be lifetime, unlimited, worldwide usage, in perpetuity, across all media platforms at the price marked on the video? Or were you talking about audio tracks only?
    Thank you!

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    @susana_sg - You are correct! Our license applies to all the media at Pond5, so you get those same usage rights no matter what you're buying.

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    @Jonathan: Thank you! Already on my way to pile up my cart!

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    Can non-vocal sound effects be used for a commercially distributed computer game?

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    @hybridbeasts - Generally speaking, yes. But you should still review the license agreement to ensure that your usage is in line with it.

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    Hello, I am starting a job as a radio producer and we are currently working on choosing a music to be used permanently on a radio show. Do I own the rights to use the instrumental music i buy from pond5 for this purpose?

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    @cojackpilot - Purchasing media from Pond5 grants you those usage rights, yes.

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    @Jonathan - Thank you!

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    What exactly does "musical works: X" mean?

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    ok two more questions about music tracks (forgive if already answered above).

    1) If the composer/publisher is PRO (BMI in this instance), is an instrumental track purchased on Pond5 still cleared for "lifetime, unlimited, worldwide usage, in perpetuity, across all media platforms" (pulled from a Jonathan answer above) -- is that the case in context of a PRO track?

    2) If track is only used online (albeit in a commercial video piece), is a music cue sheet still required? Didn't think one was, but as I delve deeper into your site, I'm seeing that music cue sheets are required for PRO tracks - at least if used in radio/tv/film...but what about for online/youtube use?

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    1) Yes, the same licensing rights apply to PRO registered tracks as to non-registered tracks. You get the same usage rights.

    2) No, you only need to submit a cue sheet if your work for distribution is going to be broadcast over TV or radio, or publicly performed. Something like a YouTube video does not require cue sheets.

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    HI i am making a indie film, i need some tracks with no vocals and want to use your platform, does your license cover this? Also if i sold the film would i need to pay you any more fees, best wishes B

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    Hi my company are working on a "teaser" promo video for a product launch for press and journalists. We will show the promo video on a big screen. Question: Can we post this promo video on the product social networks?

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    @Byron Gibson - As far as I'm aware, you would be covered for that, yes. And there are never any "extra fees" for anything at Pond5.

    @Rodrigo Teco - Yes you may. :)

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    Hello, I purchased several stock clips for a video I'm making for a client's new website. They like some of the images from the pond5 clips and wanted to know if I could export stills from those clips for them to use in their website design. I wasn't sure if this was covered under my license so I thought I would ask first. Thanks you.

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    @carrithersstudio - Sure thing, that's perfectly acceptable, no problem. :)

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    Hi @Jonathan,

    I intend to use a song that does not contain any vocals and is under royalty-free license for a behind-the-scenes video of a product commercial. It would be distributed online commercially and internationally. Considering the text will be all about the product itself, do I have to indicate the contributor and Pond5?

    In a word, after I purchased the music (royalty-free license), can I still use it commercially if I won't be able to make a credit attribution? 

    FYI, the song I'm going to use is either Sunny Happy Upbeat or Hard Rock Sports

    Many thanks!

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    We are working on a social media campaign where users will create short videos of themselves singing a country song they create for the contest. We would like to provide some sample country music tracks for them to use in their video submissions, if they need help creating background music. The videos will live on a microsite we create, in addition to the users Instagram account. Would we be able to use tracks purchased on Pond5 for that purpose?

    Thanks for any help!

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    Hi a lot of commercials in Panama and the rest of Latin america, use music of POND5 for big brands Tv Web Spots like NESTLé, Coca Cola, Pepsico... and many many more, the Video producers or the Ad Agency practically RE SELL our music, that is legal !? is possible ? why ? is insane for all musicians who lives with music ! and remember is a HUMAN make the music not only the SINGER ! the rights of the expression is THE SAME ! 

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    Hi Alessio, please know our marketplace allows for anyone to use the media in any way they choose within our Royalty free license agreement - royalty free meaning that no additional royalties will be paid depending on the amount of times or where the media is distributed. 

    As per your contributor agreement, every thing you upload is permitted as royalty free from our site. Because we are non exclusive you still own the rights to your media, so you have the freedom to distribute or sell your media in multiple outlets. If you are looking to receive royalties for your music, then I would suggest registering with a PRO. That way you can track when your track is being used. 

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