Royalty Free Photography

What is Royalty Free

These conditions are between JCD PHOTOGRAPHY (The Licensor) and The Client who has paid for In Full for the image/s and photographic services from JCD PHOTOGRAPHY.

Royalty free 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.

The Client can, therefore, use the image in several projects without having to purchase any additional licenses.

Don’t let the Free mislead you. Royalty Free (hereafter, RF) means that after the initial permission is secured, usually through money, additional uses can be made without payment. RF is multiple uses free of royalties. Pay once, put the photo on a t-shirt, upload it to your website, print out some fliers, get it tattooed on your forehead. It’s all clear! But you still had to pay for it at the outset.

Conversely, if you are looking for free pictures and stumble on a site with images offered “Royalty Free,” RF does not mean you can take them!

Contrasted to RF is Rights-Managed (RM) use, where the creator and the user reach a more tightly controlled agreement regarding multiple uses. For example, a RM image appearing in the first edition of a textbook might need to be re-licensed for a fee to be cleared to appear in the second edition. RM is the traditional way for licensing intellectual property, and remains in use partly because the details of an explicit license contract lessens risk and makes legal departments happy.

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