Photo Licenses

Licenses, Prints and Downloads

Commercial, personal and editorial-use photos are available for instant download (without watermarks) after purchase of a license. All of these license types can be purchased through the 500px Marketplace.

Royalty Free and Rights Managed commercial licenses are available at   Please check license terms and availability by going to the websites of License Marketplace and at, where the photos are displayed along with pricing.

Prints, framed photos and personal use licenses are available at Smug Mug and at Fine Art America. Please note that all purchases at Fine Art America come with a 30-day money back guaranty, not questions asked, if you are unsatisfied with the product.


A Brief Discussion of Different License Types

In general, Commercial licenses confer on the licensee the right to the use the licensed photo for various types of commercial uses. These would included such things as advertising and using the photos on commercial products such as Tote bags, Coffee Mugs, Greeting Cards,   iPhone Cases, Mouse Pads, Linens and clothing such as T-shirts.

Licenses can be either Royalty Free or Rights Managed licenses. Royalty Free licenses generally grant the licensee a non-exclusive, perpetual, non-transferrable, non-sublicensable, worldwide right to reproduce the photo for any purpose except for those specifically defined as prohibited by the terms of the license.

Rights Managed licenses generally have an expiration date at which point continued use requires renewing the license. They are also specific in the rights they confer–for instance a Rights Managed license may by for use in TV advertising or for merchandise for resale.

In either case the copyright is retained by the property creator (in this case the photographer).

Editorial-use licenses are for photos of actual news or newsworthy events or of photos that are illustrative of newsworthy events. Editorial licenses would be required for a news publication or website to publish a photo of a specific event, or a photo that is illustrative of the subject if the story.  In neither case can the editorial license be used for commercial purposes. 

Personal use licenses are for the personal, non-business use, of the license purchaser. For example, a personal use license could confer upon the licensee the right to use a photo on a personal website–but not on a business website.

In any case, the rights and duties of the parties to a license agreement are as specified in the contract. Some examples of license contracts can be found here and here.

Final Note: This short discussion is meant to be generally explanatory–it does not constitute legal advice. That’s what lawyers are for.