The following stock photo definitions will help clarify some terminology on our site(s). Please feel free to contact us if any confusion remains.
Prints that are available for purchase for display as artwork, usually in your place of business or home. You can purchase any of our images as art prints. You are not allowed to reproduce these prints in any form without purchasing the right to do so.
This is the company whose product or service oversees the “End User”. In some self-promotion cases, this entity may be the same as the “End User”. This is usually associated with “Rights Managed” licensing. Example: ‘Fordly Motor Company’ would be the “Company Represented” for a purchase of an image for the end user ‘Fordly Sedan’. The “Company Represented” is defined by the purchaser at time of check out.
The unencumbered use of property. The copyright is always owned by the creator of property until legally relinquished by the owner. Our photographers own the copyrights to their images until they sell that right. Colorado Image is the agent that assigns, or licenses, the use-rights on behalf of the photographers. Penalties of thousands of dollars per image are typically awarded by courts for copyright infringement. Please ask before purchasing if you are not sure of the rights that you are purchasing from this site.
The “Use-License” for some image licenses (such as Rights Managed) is limited to use by a single “End User”. The End User is the entity that benefits from their association with the photo license purchased. This could be a product name, a web site URL or a person within an organization, etc. In general it is the entity for which there is no further subdivision. For example if the photo is to be used on an advertising poster for Joe’s Light Beer made by Joe’s Brewery, the End User is ‘Joe’s Light Beer’, not Joe’s Brewery. If web-site-only rights are purchased, the End User is the URL of the site. You do not need to worry about this with “Royalty-free” image licensing. See definition.
File size is stated in one of two ways on our site(s). Digital download file size on this site is the number of pixels of the image dimensions. This is independent of the density, or pixels per inch (ppi). File size is limited by the size of the original. Photos can be enlarged, but only to a certain degree on any particular image before it starts to degrade, or look blurry. We license digital downloads in several dimensions so you don’t need to purchase more than you need.
Each “download” image has a file size with specifications as long edge length expressed in pixels. That size is usually followed by the maximum size it will print and look nice at 300 dpi (an accepted standard for quality printing on a printing press). With professional level interpolation, this size may be extended if the photo quality allows. Print sizes, when buying prints vs digital, are stated in inches.
License or Use-License
License refers to the method that we transfer rights to use images. Digital images are generally licensed, not purchased, from this site. The stock photo industry calls this assignment of rights “Licensing” or purchasing a “Use License”. Licensing varies greatly from site to site be sure you read the license agreement for each purchase so that you know how you are allowed to use an image.
You can purchase the original copyrights for images on this site in most cases if you feel you want to own the image so another entity can never use it. Prices start at $500, and depend on the salability of the image.
Piracy is infringement of copyright law by illegally downloading and using all or a portion of an image, including thumbnail and “comp” images. Typical damages are $10,000 or more per incident.
Rights managed means that the “End User’s” rights to use the image are strictly limited. Every site has it’s own rules as to what rights they are selling with the photographs. Rights Managed images are usually limited to a single End User, a defined distribution number, with a time limit for use. The use period and distribution can be extended by repurchasing the rights.
Rights Protection refers to various assignment of rights whether you are talking about the photographer or the purchaser of rights. Contact us to inquire about rights protection for your purchase, to limit it’s use by others.
Royalty-free is an industry term that licenses are sold as, and means you can use the images for any use not prohibited in the license without further fee. You may not distribute copies of the images, only the items created with the images. It does not mean an image is free to use.
The Use Period refers to the amount of time a purchaser or End User may make use of an image. If you purchase a license for a Rights Managed image, the named End User has the right to print or display the image for a specific time period.