Use of your content

Learn how buyers are permitted to use your content and how to report suspected misuse of your intellectual property.

Buyer’s licensing guidelines 

Buyers are required to use the content within the licensing guidelines. Typically, stock content is used for online and offline advertisements, product packaging, publications, software, or digital design. Customers are prohibited from using content in trademarks or in a defamatory or illegal way.

Adobe Stock photos and illustrations can be purchased under a Standard or Extended License.

Videos, 3D images, templates, and all Premium collection images have an Enhanced License. Enhanced licenses allow for unlimited print runs but can’t be used to create products for resale (such as coffee mugs or t-shirts), unless purchased through an Adobe Stock for Enterprise account.

Standard licenses

A standard license grants rights for up to 500,000 print runs with no expiration dates.

Content may be used for:

  • Websites, blogs, newsletters, and web banner illustrations
  • Press articles and magazine illustrations
  • Print advertising (magazines and urban displays), commercial documents, or packaging
  • Slideshows and videos for broadcast and presentations
  • Decorating and design elements, including framed images for personal use.

Extended licenses

Extended Licenses allow unlimited impressions/print runs and the ability to create products such as coffee mugs and t-shirts for resale.

See Adobe Stock License terms for more info.

API Program

We offer an Application Program Interface (API) program that allows our partners to showcase and facilitate sales of your content. These sites display Adobe Stock content to their customers, for example, for printing on various products like t-shirts or mugs. When a license is purchased, the sale is processed through your Adobe Stock Contributor account and royalties are applied to your account. If a different customer of an API partner wants to use the same image, another license must be purchased.

Crediting You

Customers and Adobe Stock have the right, but not the obligation, to identify you as the author and source of the content in a customary manner.

How to report suspected misuse of your intellectual property

Adobe respects the intellectual property (“IP”) rights of others. The following information will guide you through the process of reporting suspected misuse of your IP on the Adobe Stock site.

If you are an Adobe Stock Contributor, please note that your relationship with Adobe regarding the content you submit to Stock is governed by the Adobe Stock Contributor Agreement, which includes certain representations and obligations in connection with your Stock submissions.

Before you file a report about IP rights depicted in “editorial use only” Adobe Stock content please keep in mind that releases are generally not required to offer such content for non-commercial purposes.  “Editorial use only” content is subject to Adobe Stock’s Editorial Use Restrictions. Such content, which may contain trademarks, business names and people, can be used only for limited purposes, such as to illustrate editorial articles or other factual news reports.

If you believe that any content on the Adobe Stock site infringes your IP rights (such as copyrights, design or trademark rights, model or property rights, etc.), please send us an IP infringement notice. 

You can send us a notice by either:  1. using our online form, or 2. sending an email to copyright-stock@adobe.com .

When you notify us of a claimed infringement you will need to include the following information so we can address your concerns:

  • Identification of the content that you claim to be infringing and request to be removed (URL or file ID, sufficient to allow Adobe to locate each piece of content).
  • Clear information about the type of IP rights you claim to be infringed:
    • Copyrights: URL and file ID or a visual reference of your content;
    • Trademarks: Trademark register, number and holder (if applicable);
    • Designs: Clear description and/or visual references of your design(s), including any registrations numbers (if applicable);
    • Model Rights (Rights of Privacy & Publicity): Basis for the claim (are you the model? The photographer?);
    • Private property/estate: Identification of the property holder and a clear description of the property or real estate.
  • Your complete contact information (name, physical and email address, Adobe ID if applicable).
  • A statement that the information in the notice is accurate.
  • An affirmation that you have a good faith belief that the reported content is not authorized by the IP holder or the law.
  • Your physical or electronic signature.

Please note: We may not process your report if you fail to provide the requested information above. Due to technical reasons we cannot accept .zip files. If you intend to provide additional documentation, please consider alternative compressing options.

Contact: Adobe Stock Copyright Agent, Adobe Inc., 345 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95110, USA; email: copyright-stock@adobe.com.

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