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10:36 pm on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I'm new to the use of stock photos... I'm looking for photos that I can use on more than one of my sites, add some text or do some editing to merge with other photos, resize, etc.

From a legal point of view, is my business considered the using entity or my sites - all registered to my business? To me the content my domain names are pointing to all form part of the same business.

Is it prudent to outline my intended usage in writing to the stockphoto provider before buying, so that I have their written approval first?

I just want to avoid any nasty surprises down the road, as I'm not a lawyer, and lack confidence in my ability to fully comprehend all the details and the legalese in the licensing agreement. At the same time I don't want to pay an arm and a leg at this point.

I'm curious what kind of agreement for example parking companies have that allows thousands of domains to share their template photos.

10:59 pm on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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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.
11:31 pm on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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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?
2:56 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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You could take a peek at stock sxchng. Although not as high in quality as eg istockphoto, they have some solid free material.
4:44 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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stockexpert - $1 an image...
5:17 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi

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.

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3:05 am on Mar 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I've been a member of Photos.com for years, they have a pretty straightforward Service agreement.
3:18 pm on Mar 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

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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.

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check flickr, users tell you if you can use their photo's or not, some very high quality pictures there
11:37 am on Mar 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

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webshots.com
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11:52 am on Mar 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

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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.

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11:56 pm on May 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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istockphoto.com
fotolia.com
fotosearch.com