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What’s possible with DACS image licensing?

From greetings cards and film sets, to websites and scarves, DACS streamlines artistic copyright clearance for people actively looking for quality works to use in merchandising, publishing, advertising and more.

We handle the negotiations and licensing agreement process, protect artists’ rights, and collect royalties for artists.

Our origins are in licensing

Licensing is why DACS was set up; in 1984, DACS was established as a collecting society, to manage licensing for artists, when no one else did.

From publishing and fashion, to set design, music, film and retail, we've helped brands to showcase visual artists’ work, providing expertise and advice to ensure we represent each artist and estate fairly.

Over the years, we’ve arranged more than 60,000 licences for DACS members in over 70 countries, and have worked with thousands of clients, including: Barbican, BBC, Christopher Kane, Harper's Bazaar, Penguin Random House, Phaidon, Netflix, Sky Arts, Shakespeare's Globe, Sony, Saatchi & Saatchi, Tate and UNIQLO.

Learn more about image licensing through this guide.

Request to license a work

Find out more about requesting to license a work through DACS.

Request to license a work

Earn through licensing your work

Find out more about licensing your work through DACS.

Earn through licensing your work

Our network

We work with a community of 90,000 artists worldwide. We’re often the picture editor’s first thought when they need copyright clearance.

DACS artwork licensing collaborations

Read our news stories showcasing licensing outcomes for artwork licensing collaborations set up by DACS. These include film, fashion, music, virtual reality and digital artwork.

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