Digital Copyright and Licensing - The Basics

Copyright

I've bought a picture / digital file, does that mean I own the copyright? What can I do with my purchase?

No, the copyright remains with the owner unless specifically stated. This means that there will be restrictions on how you can use the image, such as printing or online use. You are not permitted to alter the image in any way or to take either the whole or part of the work and pass on as your own work, for profit or otherwise. Copyright does not need to be stated on each piece of work, it is an automatic right given to the creator under UK law.

Licensing and Sizes

Personal

I've bought a Full Image Download with Royalty-Free Personal Use, what can I do with this?

Royalty-free personal use means that you can use the image for personal use and not for profit, you are not required to provide information on who has taken the image. You can use this image online and for printing purposes. We suggest buying a full image download if you're looking to print the image in a large format such as vehicle printing or a large canvas or print.

I've bought a Small Image Download with Royalty-Free Personal Use, what can I do with this?

Royalty-free personal use means that you can use the image for personal use and not for profit, you are not required to provide information on who has taken the image. You can use this image online and for printing purposes. The small image download is suitable for sending in emails and using online but can also be used for printing purposes up to 9"x6".

I've bought a Web Res Download Package with Unlimited online use (no printing), what can I do with this?

Unlimited online use means that you can only use this image online, you are not permitted to print using this file type. The size and resolution are not of a suitable quality to print with. This package is perfect if you are wanting the images for use on Facebook, emailing and other online use.

Commercial

I've bought a Full Size Commercial Use Download, what can I do with this?

This is specifically aimed at businesses that purchase images. These images are royalty free, which means you do not need to credit the photographer. They can be used for any purpose including for gaining profit. The full size image is perfect for larger scale printing and is also required by some web development areas for business platforms.

I've bought a Small Size Commercial Use Download, what can I do with this?

This is specifically aimed at businesses that purchase images. These images are royalty free, which means you do not need to credit the photographer. They can be used for any purpose including for gaining profit. The small size image is perfect for use in smaller marketing materials or presentation materials.