Copyright-free, copyright infringement, royalty-free explained
There are many stories of stock and open-sourced images now being found not being used to the license requirements, and users being fined or threatened with fines for the photos.
istockphoto and Getty images have made a point of enforcing the usage of their images are locked harder than they did previously. This is partly due to the fact that images can now be searched for and reversed search for through search engines, therefore, they may be able to find the use of images, but also because the usage of images was abused by people on the Internet for many years without any comeback.
This seems severe and unfair in some instances, however thinking of the trusting individual photographers that have spent their time and effort to produce such images, I think it is fair and right that the management stock management companies who work almost like an agency are collecting their rightful costings for the use of the images.
Understanding what many of the License agreements put in place by individual stock companies, therefore, is paramount so you are aware of how you are using them correctly, how they may be managing the usage you are having and that you would hear to this, but also source and use the images respectfully.
So what does royalty-free actually mean?
Royalty-free image is a term that is used a lot online through stock images and can be a bit of a minefield to explain. In in its simplest terms, this means that:
In its simplest term royalty-free means that wants an initial payment for the license has been made the image may be used as many times as you require for the specific uses outlined in the license without paying further fees. It’s important to note that this is outlined in the initial license when you buy it. This may mean that you do not have the rights to pass it onto a client or to use it other than outlined in the license you have purchased it for. And it’s important that you keep a note of this license for the future discrepancies may arise.
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organisation which focuses on and expanding a range of creating works available for others to legally within outlined parameters build upon and share. Under Creative Commons, there are several free copyright licenses hello in creators to determine which rights they reserve and which right state wave. Again it is important to read the specific license within Creative Commons to understand that it works well with your usage
Some stock images have a different specific use license, for example, the limitation may be for a certain amount of printed versions of the image and outside of that and extended license may be then needed. This might also apply to digital files or physical products where outside of the standard license and extended license may be required. As this varies depending on stock photo companies, it is important to read the specific usage and how it applies to your intended usage.
Editorial use only
Editorial use only images may not be used in the context that you may require them. These images are normally not for commercial, promotional, advertorial or endorsement advertising or merchandising purposes. This may be due to the fact the model or the property in the photograph does not have permission for its usage. These images as described are for editorial use, specifically for events that are newsworthy or general interest for example in a blog textbook newspaper or magazine article usage only. It is important that these images are specifically not for commercial use, and are correctly sourced and attributed