Footage licensing rates:

Feature Film/Theatrical $1000.00 $100.00
Feature Film Playback $750.00 $75.00
Film Festivals $500.00 $50.00
5-second per cut minimum.
Commercials (national) $1250.00 $125.00
Commercials (regional) $1000.00 $100.00
Commercials (local) $750.00 $75.00
5-second per cut minimum.
Network TV/Pay Cable/Premium Streaming (Netflix, etc.) $650.00 $65.00
Cable Television $650.00 $65.00
Syndication $650.00 $6500
Web $550.00 $55.00
5-second per cut minimum.
$550.00 $55.00
Home Video/DVD/CD-ROM/Video Game $800.00 $80.00
Music Video $550.00 $55.00
Industrial (non-broadcast) $550.00 $55.00

10-second project minimum. 5-second per cut minimum.


This is a license agreement between you and Hollywood Newsreel that explains how you can use photos, illustrations, vectors, and video clips (individually and collectively, “content”) that you license from Hollywood Newsreel. By downloading or otherwise receiving content from Hollywood Newsreel, you accept the terms of this agreement.

  1. What types of licenses does Hollywood Newsreel offer? Content is licensed for specific types of use, and pricing is based on factors such as size, placement, duration of use, and geographic distribution. Most of the content available from Hollywood Newsreel is directly licensable from us as the original content creator. Additional content in the archive may require additional licensing from outside entities in relation to image or likeness usage, audio or voiceovers, music licensing, logos or branding, sports-related personnel, reporters, hosts, locations, signage or other factors to be determined at the time of licensing.

Comp license: You are welcome to use content from the Hollywood Newsreel site on a complimentary basis for editing, test or sample (composite or comp) use only, for up to 30 days following download. However, unless a license is purchased, content cannot be used in any final materials or any publicly available materials. No other rights or warranties are granted for comp use.

  1. How can I use licensed content? You may use licensed content in any way consistent with the rights granted below and not restricted (see Restricted Uses below). Subject to those restrictions and the rest of the terms of this agreement, the rights granted to you by Hollywood Newsreel are:

In Perpetuity meaning there is no expiration or end date on your rights to use the content for a specific program.

Worldwide, meaning content can be used in any geographic territory. Unlimited, meaning content can be used an unlimited number of times. Any and all media, meaning content can be used in print, in digital or in any other medium or format. Non-Exclusive, meaning that you do not have exclusive rights to use the content. Hollywood Newsreel can license the same content to other customers. If you would like exclusive rights to use royalty-free content, please contact Hollywood Newsreel to discuss a buy-out.

Limited to the specific use, medium, period of time, print run, placement, size of content, and territory selected, and any other restrictions that accompany the content on the Hollywood Newsreel website (or any other method of content delivery) or in an order confirmation or invoice.

Non-Exclusive, meaning that you do not have exclusive rights to use the content. Hollywood Newsreel can license the same content to other customers. Exclusive licenses may be available for rights-managed content upon payment of an additional license fee. Please contact Hollywood Newsreel if you are interested in licensing content on an exclusive basis.

For purposes of this agreement, “use” means to copy, reproduce, modify, edit, synchronize, perform, display, broadcast, publish, or otherwise make use of. Please make sure you read the Restricted Uses section below for exceptions.

  1. Restricted Uses.
    1. No Unlawful Use. You may not use content in a pornographic, defamatory or other unlawful manner, or in violation of any applicable regulations (including for sports content, any restrictions or credentials issued by a sports league or governing body) or industry codes.
    2. No Commercial Use of Editorial Content. Unless additional rights are specified on the Hollywood Newsreel invoice or sales order, or granted pursuant to a separate license agreement, you may not use content marked “editorial” for any commercial, promotional, advertorial, endorsement, advertising or merchandising purpose. This type of content is not model or property released and is intended to be used only in connection with events or topics that are newsworthy or of general public interest.
    3. No Alteration of Editorial Content. Content marked “editorial” may be cropped or otherwise edited for technical quality, provided that the editorial integrity of the content is not compromised, but you may not otherwise alter the content.
    4. No Standalone File Use. You may not use content in any way that allows others to download, extract, or redistribute content as a standalone file (meaning just the content file itself, separate from the project or end use).
    5. No Sensitive Use Without Disclaimer. If you use content that features models or property in connection with a subject that would be unflattering or unduly controversial to a reasonable person (for example, sexually transmitted diseases), you must indicate: (1) that the content is being used for illustrative purposes only, and (2) any person depicted in the content is a model. For example, you could say: “Stock photo. Posed by model.” No disclaimer is required for content marked “editorial” that is used in a non-misleading editorial manner.
    6. No False Representation of Authorship. You may not falsely represent that you are the original creator of a work that is made up largely of licensed content. For instance, you cannot create artwork based solely on licensed content and claim that you are the author.

Restricted Uses – unless additional license purchased. The following are prohibited without the prior written consent of Hollywood Newsreel and payment of an additional license fee:

    1. No “On Demand” Products. Unless you purchase a custom license, you may not use content in connection with “on demand” products (e.g., products in which a licensed image is selected by a third party for customization of such product on a made-to-order basis), including, without limitation, postcards, mugs, t-shirts, calendars, posters, screensavers or wallpapers on mobile telephones, or similar items (this includes the sale of products through custom designed websites, as well as sites such as and
    2. No Electronic Templates. Unless you purchase a custom license, you may not use content in electronic or digital templates intended for resale or other distribution (for example, website templates, business card templates, electronic greeting card templates, and brochure design templates).
    3. No Use in Trademark or Logo. Unless you purchase a custom license, you may not use content as part of a trademark, design mark, tradename, business name, service mark, or logo.


  1. Who, besides me, can use the licensed content? The rights granted to you are non-transferable and non-sublicensable, meaning that you cannot transfer or sublicense them to anyone else. There are two exceptions:
    • Employer or client. If you are purchasing on behalf of your employer or client, then your employer or client can use the content. In that case, you represent and warrant that you have full legal authority to bind your employer or client to the terms of this agreement. If you do not have that authority, then your employer or client may not use the content. The rights purchased may only belong to you or your employer/client, depending on who is named as the “Licensee” at the time of purchase. In other words, if you purchase a royalty-free image, only one of you (and not both) may re-use that image for multiple projects.
      • Seat/User Restrictions for RF Content. Please note that seat/user restrictions apply for royalty-free content. You may store licensed royalty-free content in a digital library, network configuration or similar arrangement to allow the licensed royalty-free content to be viewed by your employees and clients, so long as there are no more than 10 users total (not at any given time). If you require content be available to more than 10 users, please contact Hollywood Newsreel to purchase additional seat licenses.
      • No Seat/User Restrictions for UltraPacks. If you purchase an UltraPack, seat license restrictions do not apply and an unlimited number of users within the same organization may use licensed content.
    • Subcontractors. You may allow subcontractors (for example, your printer or mailing house) or distributors to use content in any production or distribution process related to your final project or end use. These subcontractors and distributors must agree to be bound by the terms of this agreement and may not use the content for any other purpose.
  1. User Accounts. You will be responsible for tracking all activity for each user account, and you agree to: (a) maintain the security of all passwords and usernames; (b) notify Hollywood Newsreel immediately of any unauthorized use or other breach of security; and (c) accept all responsibility for activity that occurs under each user account. Hollywood Newsreel reserves the right to monitor downloads and user activity to ensure compliance with the terms of this agreement. If Hollywood Newsreel determines that you are in breach of this or any other term of this agreement, it may suspend access to your account and seek further legal remedies.


  1. Intellectual Property Rights.
    • Who owns the content? All of the licensed content is owned by either Hollywood Newsreel or its content suppliers. All rights not expressly granted in this agreement are reserved by Hollywood Newsreel and the content suppliers. You may not assert any right to revenue from a collecting society in respect of photocopying, digital copying or other secondary uses of the licensed content.
    • Attribution.
      • Do I need to include a photo credit? You do not need to include a photo credit for commercial use, but if you are using content for editorial purposes, you must include the following credit adjacent to the content or in production credits: “Hollywood Newsreel”
      • Do I need to include a video credit? If licensed content is used in an audio/visual production where credits are accorded to other providers of licensed material, you must include the following credit in comparable size and placement: “[Video] [Imagery] supplied by Hollywood Newsreel”
    • Can I use the Hollywood Newsreel name or logo, or the name and logos of its content suppliers? You may use the name of Hollywood Newsreel and/or its content suppliers as necessary to give attribution, but you may not otherwise use their names, logos, or trademarks without prior written approval.
  2. Termination/Cancellation/Withdrawal.
    1. Termination. Hollywood Newsreel may terminate this agreement at any time if you breach any of the terms of this or any other agreement with Hollywood Newsreel, in which case you must immediately: cease using the content; delete or destroy any copies; and, if requested, confirm to Hollywood Newsreel in writing that you have complied with these requirements.
      • Social Media Termination. If you use the content on a social media platform or other third party website and the platform or website uses (or announces that it plans to use) the content for its own purpose or in a way that is contrary to this agreement, the rights granted for such use shall immediately terminate, and in that event, upon Hollywood Newsreel’ request, you agree to remove any content from such platform or website.
    2. Refunds/Cancellation. All requests for refunds/cancellations must be made in writing or using the cancellation function on the Hollywood Newsreel’ website. Provided that the request is made within 7 days and the licensed content has not been used, Hollywood Newsreel may cancel the relevant order and issue a full refund to your account or credit card. No credits or refunds are available for cancellation requests received more than 7 days from your receipt of content, or for research, lab, service or subscription fees, all of which are non-refundable. In the event of cancellation, your rights to use the content terminate, and you must delete or destroy any copies of the content.
    3. Content Withdrawal. Hollywood Newsreel may discontinue licensing any item of content at any time in its sole discretion. Upon notice from Hollywood Newsreel, or upon your knowledge, that any content may be subject to a claim of infringement of a third party’s right for which Hollywood Newsreel may be liable, Hollywood Newsreel may require you to immediately, and at your own expense: cease using the content, delete or destroy any copies; and ensure that your clients, distributors and/or employer do likewise. Hollywood Newsreel will provide you with replacement content (determined by Hollywood Newsreel in its reasonable commercial judgment) free of charge, subject to the other terms of this agreement.


  1. Representations and Warranties. Hollywood Newsreel makes the following representations and warranties:
    1. Warranty of Non-Infringement. For all licensed content (excluding content marked “access only”), Hollywood Newsreel warrants that your use of such content in accordance with this agreement and in the form delivered by Hollywood Newsreel (that is, excluding any modifications, overlays or re-focusing done by you) will not infringe on any copyrights or moral rights of the content owner/creator.
    2. Additional Warranties for Certain Content.
      • RF: For licensed royalty-free content (excluding content marked “editorial”), Hollywood Newsreel warrants that your use of such content in accordance with this agreement and in the form delivered by Hollywood Newsreel (that is, excluding any modifications, overlays or re-focusing done by you) will not infringe on any trademark or other intellectual property right, and will not violate any right of privacy or right of publicity.
      • RM/RR: For licensed rights-managed and rights-ready content where Hollywood Newsreel specifically notifies you that a model and/or property release has been obtained, Hollywood Newsreel warrants that your use of such content in accordance with this agreement and in the form delivered by Hollywood Newsreel (that is, excluding any modifications, overlays or re-focusing done by you) will not, where a property release has been obtained, infringe on any trademark or other intellectual property right and/or will not, where a model release has been obtained, violate any right of privacy or right of publicity.
    3. Warranty Disclaimer. Unless specifically warranted above, Hollywood Newsreel does not grant any right or make any warranty with regard to the use of names, people, trademarks, trade dress, logos, registered, unregistered or copyrighted audio, designs, works of art or architecture depicted or contained in the content. In such cases, you are solely responsible for determining whether release(s) is/are required in connection with your proposed use of the content, and you are solely responsible for obtaining such release(s). You acknowledge that no releases are generally obtained for content identified as “editorial,” and that some jurisdictions provide legal protection against a person’s image, likeness or property being used for commercial purposes when they have not provided a release. You are also solely responsible for payment of any amounts that may be due under, and compliance with any other terms of, any applicable collective bargaining agreements as a result of your use of the licensed content.
    4. Caption/Metadata Disclaimer. While Hollywood Newsreel has made reasonable efforts to correctly categorize, keyword, caption and title the content, Hollywood Newsreel does not warrant the accuracy of such information, or of any metadata provided with the content.
    5. No Other Warranties. Except as provided in this section above, the content is provided “as is” without representation, warranty or condition of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied representations, warranties or conditions of merchantability, or fitness for a particular purpose. Hollywood Newsreel does not represent or warrant that the content or its websites will meet your requirements or that use of the content or websites will be uninterrupted or error free.
  2. Indemnification/Limitation of Liability.
    1. Indemnification of Hollywood Newsreel by you. You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Hollywood Newsreel and its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and content suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors and employees from all damages, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable outside legal fees) arising out of or in connection with (i) your use of any content outside the scope of this agreement; (ii) any breach or alleged breach by you (or anyone acting on your behalf) of any of the terms of this or any other agreement with Hollywood Newsreel; and (iii) your failure to obtain any required release for your use of content.
  3. General Provisions.
    1. Assignment. This agreement is personal to you and is not assignable by you without Hollywood Newsreel’ prior written consent. Hollywood Newsreel may assign this agreement, without notice or consent, to any corporate affiliate or to any successor in interest, provided that such entity agrees to be bound by these terms.
    2. Audit. Upon reasonable notice, you agree to provide to Hollywood Newsreel sample copies of projects or end uses that contain licensed content, including by providing Hollywood Newsreel with free of charge access to any pay-walled or otherwise restricted access website or platform where content is reproduced. In addition, upon reasonable notice, Hollywood Newsreel may, at its discretion, either through its own employees or through a third party, audit your records directly related to this agreement and your use of licensed content in order to verify compliance with the terms of this agreement. If any audit reveals an underpayment by you to Hollywood Newsreel of five percent (5%) or more of the amount you should have paid, then in addition to paying Hollywood Newsreel the amount of the underpayment and any other remedies to which Hollywood Newsreel is entitled, you also agree to reimburse Hollywood Newsreel for the costs of conducting the audit.
    3. Electronic storage. You agree to retain the copyright symbol, the name of Hollywood Newsreel, the content’s identification number and any other information or metadata that may be embedded in the electronic file containing the original content, and to maintain appropriate security to protect the content from unauthorized use by third parties. You may make one (1) copy of the content for back-up purposes.
    4. Governing Law/Arbitration. This agreement will be governed by the laws of the State of California, U.S.A., without reference to its laws relating to conflicts of law. Any disputes arising from or related to this agreement shall be finally settled by binding, confidential arbitration by a single arbitrator selected using the rules and procedures for arbitrator selection under the JAMS’ Expedited Procedures in its Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures (“JAMS”) if you are in North America, or of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (“ICDR”) or JAMS if you are outside of North America (the applicable rules to be at your discretion), in effect on the date of the commencement of arbitration to be held in one of the following jurisdictions (whichever is closest to you): New York, New York; London, England; Paris, France; Munich, Germany; Madrid, Spain; Milan, Italy; Sydney, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; or Singapore. The arbitration proceedings shall be conducted in English and all documentation shall be presented and filed in English. The decision of the arbitrator shall be final and binding on the parties, and judgment may be entered on the arbitration award and enforced by any court of competent jurisdiction. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods does not govern this agreement. The prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its reasonable legal costs relating to that aspect of its claim or defense on which it prevails, and any opposing costs awards shall be offset. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Hollywood Newsreel shall have the right to commence and prosecute any legal or equitable action or proceeding before any court of competent jurisdiction to obtain injunctive or other relief against you in the event that, in the opinion of Hollywood Newsreel, such action is necessary or desirable to protect its intellectual property rights. The parties agree that, notwithstanding any otherwise applicable statute(s) of limitation, any arbitration proceeding shall be commenced within two years of the acts, events or occurrences giving rise to the claim.
    5. Severability. If one or more of the provisions in this agreement is found to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions should not be affected. Such provisions should be revised only to the extent necessary to make them enforceable.
    6. Waiver. No action of either party, other than express written waiver, may be construed as a waiver of any provision of this agreement.
    7. Entire Agreement. No terms of conditions of this agreement may be added or deleted unless made in writing and accepted in writing by both parties, or issued electronically by Hollywood Newsreel and accepted by you. In the event of any inconsistency between the terms of this agreement and the terms contained on any purchase order sent by you, the terms of this agreement will apply.
    8. Notice. All notices required to be sent to Hollywood Newsreel under this agreement should be sent via email to All notices to you will be sent via email to the email set out in your account.
    9. Taxes. You agree to pay and be responsible for any and all sales taxes, use taxes, value added taxes, withholding taxes, and duties imposed by any jurisdiction as a result of the license granted to you, or of your use of the licensed content.
    10. Interest on Overdue Invoices. If you fail to pay an invoice in full within the time specified, Hollywood Newsreel may add a service charge of 1.5% per month, or such lesser amount as is allowed by law, on any unpaid balance until payment is received.