Royalty Free:





Royalty Free is a type of license used by stock photography agencies to sell stock images. Royalty-free (RF) material subject to copyright or other intellectual property rights may be used without the need to pay royalties or license fees for each use, per each copy or volume sold or some time period of use or sales. In photography and the illustration industry, it refers to a copyright license where the user has the right to use the picture without many restrictions based on one-time payment to the licensor. he most basic concept you must know to work with stock photos is that you are acquiring the right to use a photo in a certain way, not the property of the photo itself. 

The photographer who created the photo is still the owner of the photo. He/she holds the copyright, the official term pointing the ownership of photos, music, paintings, texts, and other intellectual physical or non-physical creations. Retaining copyright is what allows photographers and artists from other disciplines to sell their work multiple times and generate more income. These photos are NOT copyright free or free images at all.

Comapnies that provide royalty free images are:

  • StockSnap
  • Dreamstime
  • Unsplash
  • Pexels
  • Pixabay

Copyright Free:





Copyrightfree images will have the Public Domain Mark 1.0 or the CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Mark. Public domain images do not require any citation.This should not be confused with royalty-free, which means the image can be used usually for a single payment) according to specific contractual requirements without ongoing royalties required for additional publication uses.A work no longer has a copyright if the copyright has expired or because the copyright holder has specifically given up or transferred some or all rights to the property in question. 

Some sources of copyright free images:

  • FreeRange
  • Unsplash
  • Flickr
  • Life of pix
  • Burst



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