Istockphoto has some excellent advice on the use of stock photos. Give them a look, they have a solid inventory and reasonable pricing as well.
LOL... thanks - that's the one I was already looking at - I guess I'll send them an email to make things clear. Any other recommendations out there?
You could take a peek at stock sxchng. Although not as high in quality as eg istockphoto, they have some solid free material.
stockexpert - $1 an image...
There are also some completely free sites with good material. Trust me, I know! B^>
The Ts&Cs should be read, but in any case a quick email for clarification does no harm.
Note that in the case of the site that I am thinking of your use sounds fine off the bat.
But not every site or usage is the same, so no one answer is going to cover all cases.
I've been a member of Photos.com for years, they have a pretty straightforward Service agreement.
There are free images, rights managed, and Royalty Free Images.
Royalty Free Images are usually OK to be used on your sites once they are purchased by you.
The fee for Rights Managed images will be based on how you use the image(s), video files, etc.
In most Royalty Free Images TOS, you will see that they can be used numerous times for multiple projects.
The one company I would not suggest - don't use Getty. My roommate bought an image from them and now they call his toll free number every day to try to sell him more stuff.
check flickr, users tell you if you can use their photo's or not, some very high quality pictures there
|From a legal point of view, is my business considered the using entity or my sites - all registered to my business? |
Is it prudent to outline my intended usage in writing to the stockphoto provider before buying..?
1. Usually the image will belong to the business and not just the website/project/publication. Do check the terms and conditions though.
2. Not necessary. You buy the image - you do what you like with it.