Music

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Editorial content is not cleared for commercial use.

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Can I edit the content I license?

Learn about what kind of edits can be made to various Shutterstock content.

What is Shutterstock's Media license?

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Music: Standard and Enhanced Licenses

Shutterstock offers two licenses for using music tracks in your projects.

What is Shutterstock's Premier platform?

Learn more about the features offered by our advanced platform.

Credit attribution for Music tracks

Information on how and when to credit Music track usage

What is the Shutterstock API?

The Shutterstock API makes it easy for third parties to tap into our large library [...]

What is the Shutterstock API Platform License?

Supports in-application asset licensing and resell

Do you offer comps of music tracks?

We do offer comps for music tracks - they can be downloaded from the track detail [...]

Can I use Music tracks in audio-only projects?

Music tracks can be used in audio-only projects, as long as they're combined with [...]

Altering and editing music tracks

Shutterstock’s music license allows for basic editing, but not mashups or remixes.

Can I acquire usage rights to a photo/video of myself that’s available on Shutterstock?

Acquiring content in which you're depicted requires a license in accordance with its [...]

Can Music tracks be used in online projects?

You may use Shutterstock tracks in projects on your own websites or on third-party [...]

Requesting Removal of Content in Which You're Depicted

Please send all relevant information to infringementclaims@shutterstock.com.

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