FAQ: Free Photos
Can you provide free photos for me or my organization?
This is the most frequently asked question! Unfortunately, we cannot provide free photos to anyone. We are truly sorry, but legally-binding usage and representation contracts with agents, agencies and clients specifically prohibit free distribution of our photographs.
We are a worthy cause and believe you would support us. How about it?
Your cause may be very worthwhile, and our desire to help quite sincere, but copyright control issues and our contractual obligations to agents, agencies and paying clients are blind to this situation. Therefore, we cannot grant free usage based on organizational status.
I can't afford professional photography. Can you give me a break?
While quality images often determine the success of visual project, they are generally inexpensive in relation to other major components. Despite the importance, budgeting for quality imagery is often overlooked or ignored, or the cost of imagery is based on the lowest prices found on the Internet.
Unfortunately, we see this all too frequently. We simply cannot stay in business by competing with the cheapest price, so we hope you have considered the importance of using quality imagery in your project and budgeted appropriately.
If you have developed a reasonable photography budget, let us know, and we will attempt to arrange a fair pricing compromise. However, we can do nothing if your budget is unreasonably low or non-existent.
Permission is easy! Why not provide a simple "okay" to my email request?
Requests for free usage of our photos typically come as email messages containing very ambiguous and broad usage descriptions, and the requestor generally assumes that a simple "okay" response is all that's required from us. Unfortunately, beyond offering our Evaluation Usage License at no charge, we cannot respond to an ambiguous email request with a simple "okay" and expect to maintain full copyright control of our images. Therefore, we must take the time to write a specific and legally-binding license.
Why is maintaining copyright control so important?
Our livelihood depends on selling fresh and unique images to creative professionals. Simply-put, free and unauthorized usage devalues our images. With such usage, we are unable to offer images to paying clients on an exclusive or first-rights basis. Many clients also hesitate to pay industry rates or use photos for a major project when they are widely used elsewhere, especially when usage was provided for free or at a fraction of market value.
When is it okay to use a photo without written permission?
Never! You may download and use our photos according to the specific written permissions contained in the terms and conditions under "Permitted Usage" and our Evaluation Usage License, but specific written permission and payment are required for any other use.
Am I at risk when using a photo without your written permission?
Yes! We digitally track photo usage and suggest that you avoid even what you might consider a small copyright infringement, because the consequences of a seemingly small copyright infringement can be very expensive. Infringement may result in penalties to $150,000 per image, plus payment of both legal and usage fees.
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