This is a licensing term used in the creative industry of stock photography that enables a stock photo buyer to use a purchased photo as many times as the stock agency license outlines in their terms and conditions without having to pay a royalty to the photographer. In many creative arts industries, royalties are paid to the creator (musicians, authors) when a creative piece is sold over and over again. If you are familiar with royalties in other creative or arts based industries this makes sense. Stock photo agencies did not want to have to track how many times a photos was used by a buyer hence the term royalty free.

Amos Struck

I am a publisher and entrepreneur in the stock imagery field. I focus on providing knowledge and solutions for buyers, contributors and agencies, aiming at contributing to the growth and development of the industry. I am the founder and editor of Stock Photo Press, one of the largest networks of online magazines in the industry. I am the founder of Microstock Expo, the only conference dedicated to the microstock segment. I created several software solutions in stock photography like WordPress plugins. Plus I am a recurrent speaker at Photokina Official Stage, and an industry consultant at StockPhotoInsight. I am passionate about technology, marketing and visual imagery.

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