Our Stock Photography Licensing Pricing & Policies
Last Updated: October 08, 2009
- What is stock photography or stock photo licensing?
- "Stock photography" describes photographs or images that are made available for use by others, such as book publishers, websites, newspapers, magazines or advertisers. To use a stock photograph, a licensing fee is usually negotiated with the owner of the image (usually the photographer, or a "stock photo agency" that represents many photographers). When you pay a licensing fee, you are basically leasing certain rights to use the image. The license allows use of the image for an agreed upon length of time and in an agreed upon manner (such as on a single website for a period of one year). Just like leasing a vehicle, when the license (lease) expires, all rights you had to the photo or image expire. The terms of the license are agreed upon prior to purchase and are usually set out in writing.
- What types of photos do you have available for licensing?
- Our stock photo list serves as a basic guide for designers, editors and photo researchers seeking unique stock photographs for editorial, publishing or advertising use. Contact Us with a detailed explanation of your stock photography needs if you are interested.
- Can I use one of your images for free / in exchange for a link to your website?
- We sell limited rights to use or reproduce our work in various media. This exchange of a fee for the right to use an image is known as stock photography licensing, and it is how photographers are compensated for their time, talent and investment in taking a photograph. None of our images are royalty-free or in the public domain. We do offer discounted rates to verifiable non-profit organizations.
Contact Us with your specific image request to receive a licensing rate quote. Quotes are based on factors such as how the image will be used (website or kiosk, magazine, book, brochure, etc.), size of the published image (such as full page or 50% of screen), and expected circulation/print run/distribution.
- What are your standard licensing requirements?
- Specific licensing requirements are documented and agreed upon during license negotiation with our clients, but will generally include:
- We retain ownership and all rights associated with the licensed images, unless otherwise agreed and specified in writing. Licenses will clearly establish what rights are being conveyed. For example: "non-exclusive, one-time publication rights for the duration of one year"
- A copyright notice and/or byline, crediting the individual photographer (Justin or Shannon), must appear on or near the images in all media used. For example, a photograph by Justin Moore would be noted as:
Copyright © 2013 Justin W. Moore. All Rights Reserved.
- A copy or sample of all media in which our images are used must be provided within a reasonable time of original publication.
- Unless explicitly stated in writing, licenses are non-transferable. Client is expected to retain any invoices or receipts associated with the license, to serve as proof of licensed use.