Is My Usage Covered by Your License Agreement?

Usage rights are determined by the type of license you purchase. All of our licenses allow for worldwide use of the media in perpetuity.

Items marked Editorial may not be used in any form of advertisement, endorsement, commercial, or promotion, while those marked Commercial are generally available for commercial use.

The amount of merchandising allowed depends on which license level you choose. Our standard Individual License includes a run of 100,000, printed use only; our Business and Premium Licenses include 500,000 to an unlimited print use, including merchandising rights. 

Note that you cannot use Pond5 licensed content for logos, trademarks, reselling, or for sensitive use materials without a custom license. If you are in need of a custom license or are interested in a specific amount of indemnification protection, please contact us at  sales@pond5.com or give us a call at +1 (855) 410-6789.

 

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    Hey John, using our music in a video game should be fine, provided that you are not re-selling the media or your product does not consist of any sort of "build-it-yourself" application that would allow the user to manipulate the raw media from Pond5 to create their own projects.

    Brandon, incorporating our music into a video as you have described sounds perfectly fine. Once there is no way for the people streaming your video to extract the raw instrumental from Pond5 for their own use, this would be okay. 

    Please always read through the restrictions in section 4 of our License agreement to ensure your usage is covered.

     

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    @hideit - Yeah, it can be a pain to deal with. But I'm afraid that because so much of YouTube is automated, there's no way around it. The good news is that we've built a strong relationship with one of the biggest companies responsible for adding content to ContentID, AdRev. When we get an AdRev claim notice, we're often able to get the claim removed in just a few hours. But either way, contact us and we'll do everything we can to help.

    And for our other friend, the person/entity who holds the license has unlimited usage, yes. You can specify the licensee on the checkout page, after entering your billing information.

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    can I use a footage I buy from you on websites that I create for multiple clients?

    can I add my logo to the footage?

    my clients will not be allowed to use or sell the footage in any other place than the website that I create for them.

    please let me know.

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    I'm interested in buying: ironstrike's video https://www.pond5.com/stock-footage/46801577/zombie-video-game-gaming-lan.html

    In the back ground of a scene in an independent TV series that will be distributed afterwards in various places online. Couple questions I hope are not asking for legal advice.

    Is the receipt I receive digitally an understanding of the agreement to your license agreement for the footage? Do I also receive a signed release from you? 

    What formats if any other than digital download do you offer?

    Thanks so much!

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    I wanted to know if I can use a song for a video game, but the link to mobile applications is broken ("The page you were looking for doesn't exist").

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    @thehonestguys - That's a great question, and we actually have another help center entry on that subject. You can absolutely monetize your YouTube videos with Pond5 content.

    http://help.pond5.com/hc/en-us/articles/200944663-Youtube-Is-Not-Letting-Me-Use-Your-Media-In-My-Video

    Unfortunately, this is a situation that some of our users do run into. The real crux of the issue is that one does not have to actually be the copyright holder to make a claim on YouTube. YouTube has opted to only do the absolute minimum necessary for them to be DMCA complaint, which means that they don't require proof that you are the rights holder when making a claim.

    Often it is a third party company like AdRev making the claim on behalf of the artist, very often without even informing them. We'll always be willing to do everything we can to help in these situations. The article I linked above contains directions on how to go about disputing the claim and getting the flag removed. While you go through the appeal, we can also reach out to the artist, the actual copyright holder, and they can easily get the claim released as well.

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    Hi Corina, all media purchased from our site can be used in accordance with our Royalty Free License agreement.  When purchased, you will receive a digital receipt via email and the video can be downloaded from your Downloads page. This particular .mov video can be downloaded in either a prores, h264 or PhotoJPEG codec. Once your usage is covered by our license agreement, you may use the purchased file for various different projects. 

    If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact us directly at support@pond5.com and we will be happy to help you!

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    Many thanks Jonathan (don't know why I'm tagged as "- -" btw; I'm Patrick!

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    @Rahamanstudios - I'm sorry, but I'm afraid it's just not that simple. We cannot clear your usage for you, so it is important that you read over our license agreement to ensure your usage is covered. Our license grants you lifetime, unlimited, world wide usage, in perpetuity, across all media platforms. If you're still unsure about your usage, please contact customer support and we'll be happy to speak with you about your concerns.

    support@pond5.com

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    Hi, I want use this video ( https://www.pond5.com/stock-footage/10728418/times-square-new-york-city-night-wide-tilt-down-1080-24p.html ) in commercial video ads (on Tv and Internet). It is written Editorial Only, if I purchase this video from your site, is your license fully cleared for commercial use? If not, under what conditions can I be authorized to use it in commercial video ads? Thank you.

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    Hi - if I'm producing a piece of video artwork to go with a musical album release, and I integrate a number of Pond5 clips into this video artwork, is this permissible under the license agreement? The video itself is not being "sold" per se, but the album is, and this includes the video. I seems to me like I should be ok but I thought I'd better check. Thanks!

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    @GarettMcD - That's a fair assessment, I'll see about getting some changes made to this article. :)

    @thehonestguys - Yeah, my pleasure man. I actually got a notification with a message you left on the other article, but I see that it's not there now so I figured you must have deleted it. I hope it's okay for me to go ahead and offer a reply here, since your question was a really good one.

    For everyone else, thehonestguys had asked about what reassurances we can give to users buying content for use in YouTube videos that they won't have to deal with any copyright flags. And the honest truth is that there is absolutely no guarantee we can make that you won't experience that. Really, no one can make that guarantee. We are not affiliated with YouTube, and have made many attempts to work with them on this issue but they are completely unwilling to make any effort to help. Between their unwillingness, and the state of copyright law in the United States, Pond5 is largely as powerless as its users.

    But! What I CAN promise is that we will always be here to do everything we can to help in the event of a flag. Additionally, we are continuing to work on other possible permanent solutions by working with some of the third party companies like AdRev who are responsible for making the claims. We know this is a big issue, but it's also an incredibly complex and challenging obstacle to overcome. But that won't stop us from working on it until we find an answer, rest assured.

    One final thing to note: the YouTube flag issues we see are 100% audio related. I've never seen Pond5 video content getting a flag, it's always audio. So perhaps that's a little reassuring. :)

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    @Beckershark - Sure, there aren't any inherent obstetrical to doing that either. Assuming we're talking about selling DVD's of the physical, staged performance, then then only thing I would say is to watch out for music that is registered with a PRO. Using PRO (Perfomance Righsts Organization) registered music won't cost you anything extra, but it would mean having to submit cue sheets to the appropriate party, so a little extra paperwork.

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    @DtRockstar1 - Nothing on Pond5 is "cleared" either way for YouTube. Rather, what's happening is this: some Pond5 music sellers register their items with companies like AdRev and Audiam. These companies have access to YouTube's ContentID system, so when you sign up for their service, they place your content into that system. Then anytime your work appears anywhere on YouTube, the system automatically places a copyright claim on the video. The idea here is that AdRev and Audiam are helping musicians get paid for their work when it's used commercially on YouTube. However, this has the unfortunate side effect of wrongful flags for users who legally licensed their music through Pond5.

    We've developed successful workflows for resolving the flag issues, so if you ever get hit with one for Pond5 content, don't hesitate to contact us. We can help.

    New musical works refers to the act of recording lyrics over an instrumental track to essentially create a new song, or new musical work. So, if a song is marked "no" for that, then while you cannot add lyrics to it, you can still use is as a music track or background music in a video or other project.

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    Wish you had user friendly terms like other sites. I wish I worked for Pond5 I could double your revenue with one page --- simplified licensing.

    Anyway can you confirm this line "Our license grants you lifetime, unlimited, world wide usage, in perpetuity, across all media platforms."

    I didn't go to law school and couldn't find it in your legal document.

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    So confused because I'm reading to much into the License.

    Can I put a piece of music in my film, sell tickets to see it in a theatre, and sell it online and DVD/ blu ray?

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    Can you give your opinion if this legalize means I can buy and send my video editor a song to be added to a video he is editing for me. I'll own the song but the editor won't and can't use song for his projects outside of mine.

    "You may, however, transfer Content to a third Person for the sole purpose of allowing such third Person to produce, duplicate or distribute your Work for Distribution, provided that you should take all commercially reasonable steps to prevent third parties from extracting or duplicating the Content."

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    I plan on creating videos that will incorporate Pond5 instrumentals in the opening credits.  I will add my vocals over the instrumentals.  I will then access a fee to stream my videos.  Is this ok to do?

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    hi , i want to use the sound effects plus music track as the background music for a mobile game. is this allowed?

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    Thanks again Jonathan for a very full and complete answer.

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    @pixel_industry - No, they cannot. Such practice is explicitly forbidden by our license agreement. Basically, you cannot buy Pond5 materials, then resell or give them out again as materials in any way, even as part of a program or template.

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    How many clients can I use a song or AE template on? "lifetime, unlimited, world wide usage, in perpetuity, across all media platforms."
    Can I use the same item on as many client projects as I like? thx

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    Hi there I'm across the pond in the UK where would I look in the License Agreement to see whether I'm able use audio material in a monetised video for streaming only?

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    @Nerdysimmer - Yup! :)

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    Yes, when you purchase media under our Royalty Free License, this means that you can use the file in just about any creative or commercial context, in as many projects as you wish!

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    @David - Yes, there aren't any special restrictions on corporate videos, so that usage should be perfectly acceptable. :)

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    Jonathan, almost same question as the guy before me, but really, that damn license agreement could as well be written in ones and zeros ... anyway.

    My company is producing a PR / commercial video clip for another company. We want to use a Soundclip from your site for this. It's a not a PRO track. My company is getting paid from the company we are working for. The other company will be using the final video clip on their website, on facebook, maybe in international showrooms etc.
    Do you see a problem there?
    Do you advise to use my company's info for the licensee information at check out or is it necessary to use the other company's info?
    Thanks

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    I see on my receipt my download will expire in 2 weeks. Is that true? I can only use it for 2 weeks?

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    @- - Yes, that sounds perfectly acceptable to me.

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    @SilverlineFilms - As it mentions in the answer on the top of this page, I can't "clear" your usage for you. But no, there aren't any inherent restrictions that I could see getting in your way. You should be golden. :)

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