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Below are some explanations of commonly used terms as relate to Royalty Free licencing. These terms do not constitute stocknotstock's Content Licence, which must be read separately. 

All stocknotstock images are Royalty Free. We provide both Editorial Use Only Royalty Free images, and Commercial Use Royalty Free images. In circumstances where a model release would be required for Commercial Use and we have been unable to obtain one (as may be the case in photography taken during travel rather than at an arranged photoshoot, and where individuals are identifiable), we will clearly mark the image as Editorial Use Only in the description. 

Royalty free refers to a type of license that gives the purchaser permission to use a stock image in certain ways. Royalty free means the purchaser is not required to pay a royalty each time they use an image.

Generally, royalty free images are images that are available under a non-transferable, non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide, multiple-use sub-license.

Non-transferable - This means the license is valid for the purchaser only. The purchaser cannot transfer the royalty free license to anyone else via resale, gifting, etc.
Non-exclusive - Any royalty free image may be used by as many people as license the image. If you require exclusive use of any stock image, you must purchase it under different license terms - typically this is known as Rights Managed. Right now, stocknotstock does not offer Rights Managed images.
Perpetual - Perpetual means that the purchaser can use the image for as long as they wish. There is no time limit associated with usage of a royalty free image (unless otherwise noted by the licensor).
Worldwide - Royalty free allows the purchaser to use the image anywhere in the world.
Multiple use - This refers to use of a royalty free image on packaging and other distribution methods. Most royalty free licenses allow an image to be printed/shown up to a certain number of times.

Editorial use refers to the use of stock images in an editorial manner -- that is, anything of public interest or related to newsworthy events -- where there is no benefit, either personal or commercial, by the photographer or licensee.

Normally, in order to use any photograph or image depicting a person, the photographer must get permission from the person. A 'model release' is the standard form used to acquire and document this granted permission. This is to protect the public's "right of privacy" and prevent marketers from using your likeness in advertising. Model releases are not required for editorial use of an image.

Usage restrictions for Editorial Use Only Royalty Free images
The standard royalty free usage requirements above apply to editorial use stock images. However, some extra restrictions apply:

  • Images cannot be used for personal benefit or commercial gain
  • Images cannot be used in any illegal or defamatory way
  • Images cannot be used in any logo, trademark, or service mark
  • Credit must be given adjacent to the image any time it is used, and should appear in the format: "[photographer's name]/[stock company name] where photographer's name is specified and [stock company name] where photographer's name is not specified