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Sample Photo Licensing Agreement: What You Need to Know

As a photographer, it’s crucial to protect your images and your copyright. When you license your photos, you allow someone else to use your photos for a specific purpose with specific terms and conditions. A photo licensing agreement is a legal document that outlines the terms and conditions of the use of your photos. It enables you to control the usage and distribution of your photos, and it’s essential to create a strong, comprehensive licensing agreement to protect your work.

Below is a sample photo licensing agreement that you can use as a template for your own.

1. Grant of License

The photographer grants the licensee a non-exclusive license to use the photographs for the purpose specified in this agreement. The license is limited to the usage, time frame, and territory, as stated in this agreement.

2. Scope of License

The licensee is authorized to use the photographs solely for the purpose stated in this agreement. Any usage beyond the scope of this agreement requires a separate license.

3. Copyright

The photographer retains all copyright to the photographs. The licensee agrees not to alter, reproduce, or distribute the photographs without prior written consent from the photographer.

4. Permitted Usage

The licensee is authorized to use the photographs for the following purpose(s):

– Advertising and marketing

– Editorial purposes

– Social media and website usage

5. Time Frame

The license is valid for a specific time frame as specified in this agreement. If the licensee wishes to extend the license, they must request an extension, and the photographer must agree to the extension in writing.

6. Territory

The license is valid only within the geographic area specified in this agreement. Any usage beyond this territory requires a separate license.

7. Payment

The licensee agrees to pay the photographer the agreed-upon licensing fee before using the photographs.

8. Indemnification

The licensee agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the photographer against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, and expenses arising from the licensee`s use of the photographs.

9. Termination

The license may be terminated by the photographer if the licensee breaches any terms of this agreement. Upon termination, the licensee agrees to immediately cease using the photographs.

10. Entire Agreement

This agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes all prior agreements and understandings, whether written or oral.

11. Governing Law

This agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the [insert state/country where the photographer is based].


A photo licensing agreement is an essential tool for photographers to protect their work. It’s crucial to create a comprehensive agreement that outlines all the terms and conditions of the use of your photographs. This sample agreement provides a template that you can use to create your own agreement. Remember, always seek legal advice before finalizing any photo licensing agreement.