Photography Licensing Key Terms
Familiarize yourself with these need-to-know photography licensing key termsA photography license is a vital legal document used to protect photographs in the commercial, editorial and retail industries. As pieces of intellectual property, photographs are legally protected if a photography license is maintained.
From copyrighted stock photos to personal photographs, licensing fees vary based on copyright and exclusivity rights. As you prepare to license your photos, familiarize yourself with these key terms.
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Stock photographsStock photographs are generic, general images that appeal to a wide range of industries. Stock photo fees depend on how the image is used and the time frame in which the image is used. Usually, a one-time fee is charged for stock photograph use, although many stock photographs are free of charge with proper citation.
ExclusivityIn photography licensing, exclusivity is a clause within an image license that gives one party sole rights to use an image so that competitors are excluded from its use.
Rights-managed photographyA rights-managed photograph, usually a stock photograph, is a piece of intellectual property in which the image usage fee is calculated based on the specific use of the photograph. A higher fee is charged for rights-managed photographs and is calculated based on the type of media in which the image is used, the length of time the photograph is needed and how widespread the image will be.
Royalty-freeA royalty-free clause is written into a licensing agreement to allow images to be used multiple times based on a one-time fee.
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