Permissions & Licensing FAQ
If you are looking to reprint, republish, or reuse our editorial content, we may require that you procure a license. The information below provides answers to some of the most frequent licensing requests we receive, guidelines for circumstances when you may not need to reach out to us directly for a license, and details about situations when we may be unable to respond to your requests.
Please note: these guidelines are for editorial content only. For information on how we provide disclosures for Advertising Content, please review our Editorial Ethics & Guidelines
What can I do with Vox Media editorial content without a license?
There are several ways you can share our content that does not require a license or permission from us. For example:
- Share our content by using the integrated share tools where it was published (e.g. the share button or embed codes on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube).
- Add our YouTube videos in your YouTube playlist.
- Post our headline and a link back to where our content was originally published on our websites or social media channels.
May I use your editorial content in a classroom for non-commercial educational use?
Vox Media publishes an array of original work in audio, video, and written formats. We know that much of this material fits well into a classroom curriculum and may provide valuable insight for students. Consequently, we permit educational use of Vox Media editorial content under the guidelines below. These guidelines apply for nonprofit, noncommercial educational use only (e.g. a high school, college, or university). Please note: Commercial educational publishers (e.g. textbook publishers), events that require tickets, entrance fees, or are for the purpose of raising money or promoting a cause, or any commercial use, do not qualify for permitted use under these terms. Such use must submit a request for a license.
- You may show our editorial videos to your students, but videos may only be accessed via the platform where they were originally published by Vox Media (e.g. on YouTube). Although we appreciate that firewalls and technological barriers can sometimes limit a student’s access to such platforms, unfortunately we are unable to facilitate alternate methods for you or your students to access the videos (e.g. requests for DVDs or downloadable video files).
- You may provide print handouts of editorial articles from our websites on a limited basis in classrooms with no more than 150 students. Classrooms with a higher volume use should contact us with their request. Hand-outs must not alter or edit the original context of the article in any way. Hand-outs must be print only, may not be posted for download or display on Google Classroom, Power Schools or any other similar tool, and may not be republished on any websites or digital platforms. Attribution should be maintained on all hand-outs, and should include the name of the website, writer, original publication date, and URL for the original article.
To the extent your educational institution requires you to demonstrate that you have permission for your use, please show them this page.
May I translate and republish your work on my YouTube channel/social media/blog?
We love that you love our content and want to share it with your communities. However, we do not grant individuals permission to translate and reprint, repost, or upload our content on personal YouTube channels, social media, blogs, websites, etc. Please note that any unauthorized translations and publications of our work will be treated as a violation of our intellectual property rights and be dealt with accordingly. From time to time, our content may be published on a platform that enables community translations through the services of that tool (e.g. YouTube’s community translations). You must comply with the guidelines for use of that translation tool at all times. We do not approve translations sent to us directly or respond to requests for such tools to be enabled.
You reviewed my company/product/service. May I use quote(s) in my advertising?
Our editorial sites frequently review many products and services, but do not accept payments in exchange for reviews. If one of our editorial sites has reviewed your product and you are interested in using a quote from that review in any advertising or promotion, please follow the guidelines below.
- Quotes must come from reviews published within the past year.
- Quotes must be no more than three sentences in length.
- Quotes must be accompanied by prominent attribution to the relevant brand (The Verge, Vox.com, Polygon, etc.).
- Quotes must not suggest an affiliation between Vox Media or our editorial websites and your brand, or imply a paid product endorsement.
- Quotes should link to the source article where possible and appropriate.
- Quotes must not be paraphrased, taken out-of-context, or mislead from their original use in our review. For example:
“With its clean lines, impressive screen, and excellent sound quality, this phone is certainly stunning but its lack of memory does not put it at the top of our list.”
ACCEPTABLE: “Clean lines, impressive screen, and excellent sound quality…”
ACCEPTABLE: “...this phone is certainly stunning…”
NOT ACCEPTABLE: “...this phone is certainly stunning...at the top of our list”
NOT ACCEPTABLE: “...at the top of our list”
Other than the guidelines presented above, we are unable to facilitate requests for use of quotes in advertising and promotion. To the extent your organization or client requires you to demonstrate that you have permission for use of our quotes, please show them this page.
You reviewed my company/product/service and awarded us a badge or award. Can I use the award logo in my advertising? Vox Media has partnered with PARS International to license select awards and accolades from our editorial coverage in advertising and marketing. If your company has been awarded an accolade for any of the following franchises, please contact PARS International directly here
to inquire about a license to use the franchise award logo or badge in your advertising, marketing materials, press releases, etc.:
- The Strategist 100 (The Strategist)
- This Thing’s Incredible (The Strategist)
- Best of New York (New York Magazine)
- Reasons to Love New York (New York Magazine)
- Polygon Recommends (Polygon)
- Polygon Essentials (Polygon)
- Vulture Lists (Vulture)
- Vulture TV Awards (Vulture)
Only the franchises listed above are considered official “awards” that can be licensed at this time.
My question is not answered here. How do I license Vox Media editorial content? We evaluate requests to license images, articles, podcasts, and videos on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in re-using our editorial content and your proposed use is not covered in these guidelines, please fill out this form. Please note that such requests typically require a licensing fee and a signed license agreement.
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