Which Stock License Do I Need?

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Planning to use images from 123RF for your next creative project? We’re hyped you’re jumping on board with us. Before you dive into our vast collection of content, here’s our guide on choosing the right licenses for different stock images – and effectively skip the copyright drama.

Easily identify the license(s) you’ll need with this simple flowchart!

Licensing Flowchart 123rf

*Just in case you are unsure if your chosen image is an editorial one, it will look like this:

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That’s basically it. Add this page to your bookmarks for future reference!

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For more information, contact our friendly customer representatives at 1300 889 123 or email us at info@123rf.com.

Comments

  1. Mark Johnson

    Just to clarify.
    I wish to download a series on images that will be incorporated into a music promotional video of one of my songs.
    The images will support the audio track and help to illustrate the lyric of the tune.
    The promo video will also contain moving images of the musicians recording their parts in the recording studio.
    I intend to pass on the downloaded images to my film maker for him to include them within the film.
    The finished film will be used for advertising purposes, uploaded to YouTube/Vevo and other social media platforms, including FaceBook and Twitter.

    The film will not be made available for purchase.
    Please confirm that I need a ‘Standard Licence’ for this purpose.

    Kind regards.

    Mark Johnson
    markjohnson186@hotmail.com

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      Photo Chick

      Hi Mark,

      Thank you for your inquiry. For advertising purposes, yes, you only need a Standard License for this. Well done on your film!

  2. Deborah Robley

    I would like to use images for art purposes and I would be creating a drawing of the image. Which licence would I need?

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  3. Kim McKay

    I would like to use an image to create a stencil for screen printing on fabric to make custom home decor items for sale to a client. Please confirm that this is possible with the Print Only Extended License (POEL).
    Thank you…….Kim

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  4. Paul C Geldmacher

    I need to incorporate a ‘Made in South Africa’ logo onto a label of a product that I am manufacuring.
    Please advise

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      Photo Chick

      Hi Paul,

      Great question! Since you are using it for manufacturing and resale purposes. You do need an extended license. Email us at info@123rf.com and our representative will be of personal assistance to you. Thank you!

  5. Marcela Toniate de Freitas

    I want to print the images on fabrics for clothing (sublimation). Which resolution is the best (vetor) to use? And since I am not going to print thousands, probably I will not need the extended license right?

    Thanks!

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      Photo Chick

      Hi Marcela,

      Great question! To be safe, it’s best to go for XXL TIFF or EPS for vectors. If you are planning to sell the clothing, then you DO NEED an extended license no matter how many you are printing. Hope this clarifies things better for you!

  6. Michelle

    Hi,
    If I’m using images for an internal-use only website I’m building for a company, eg the site will not be sold or be used commercially, it contains info for employees only, but I’m billing clients for the content I’m writing, and will use images to support the copy, do I need an extended license?
    Thanks for clarifying,
    Michelle

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      Photo Chick

      Hi Michelle,

      That’s an excellent question. Since it’s your content that you are billing clients for, you only need a standard license even when you use 123rf images on the article. Hope this helps!

  7. arthur2sheds

    As part of starting a new limited company, I am creating a web site that will be available to anyone who visits. This will be one-off small self-build project with about a dozen pages / images / photos.

    Would a standard licence be appropriate?

    Many thanks

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  8. David Woodward

    I was intending to use stock images to design a book cover. The cover would be used on an e-book for sale via the usual outlets. As the design process is evolutionary, I do not know which images will eventually be used, though I might need to experiment with a number. What licence(s) would be required?

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      Photo Chick

      Hi David,

      Thanks for reaching us! You will need an extended license as the book will be for sale. Do contact us at info@123rf.com for the next step in purchasing the license. Thank you!

  9. Jose Trillo

    Im making a e-store for sell personalized notebooks, I want to offer some options for the covers, notebooks wil be performed in screen using your images for the cover and the next step is print the notebook.
    What kind of licence do i need

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      Photo Chick

      Hi Jose,

      You will need an extended license since you are planning to sell your products. You may contact us at info@123rf.com and our representative will personally assist you, thank you for clarifying!

  10. RICHARD WEEKS

    HELLO, RIGHT NOW I AM INTERESTED IN ONLY ONE PHOTO…FOR A MUSIC LOGO, YOU CAN SEE THE PHOTO ON RICHIE WEEKS / SOUNDCLOUD .COM ( IT IS A PHOTO WITH 2 MULTICOLORED FIGURES (GIRAFFES) I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT WOULD BE THE COST….RSVP..THANK YOU RICHIE WEEKS

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  11. Thomas A. Galioto

    I am writing an original content article that may be posted on LinkedIn and other websites, and I’d like to use an image or two in my article from 123rf. Do I need any type of license for this, and if so what license would be needed? Also, since my preparation of such articles will continue in the future, do I need to purchase some sort of credit plan for downloading images as needed (I don’t anticipate needing more than a handful of such images over the course of a year)?

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      Photo Chick

      Hi Thomas,

      Great question! First of all, since your content is only going to be posted on social media then a standard license will suffice as long as you’re not planning to sell your articles? Secondly, if you are planning on downloading just a handful of images, a credit plan will be good for you. All your credits will be valid for a year from purchase.

  12. jeffrey mullenger

    Would like to use vectors in a website but the vectors are not for sale they will help to identify what licence do l need thanks jeff

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  13. Tom

    I need to find and acquire royalty free photos for a historical book serise that I have written. The books to be published in e-book, softback and hardback for profit. I would like to photo collages for the title pages. Meshing 5 to 7 photos together. So total I need from 30 to 42 photos for the 6 books.

    The books are written and are at the publisher now. To be released over the next 3 years.
    Do recommend I get all the photos at the same time? I would prefer to use photos of the time period. Would you recommend I use a subscription plan or credit plan?

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      Photo Chick

      Hi Tom,

      Great question! Seems like you need a whole lot of images so a subscription plan will suit you best! All photos that you purchase and download from us will be yours to keep forever. Hope this helps!

  14. GHISLAINE HOVDE

    Hi!
    Je voudrais acheter une photo pour utilisation commerciale.
    Couverture d’un singel qui sera distribuer sur Spotify, Aple Music, Tidal, ITunes etc….
    Comment puis-je acheter cette photo… je n’ai besoin que de cette photo.
    Cordialement,
    Ghislaine

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      Anna Yo

      salut Ghislaine
      Puisque vous prévoyez de distribuer et de vendre votre album, vous aurez besoin d’une licence étendue afin d’utiliser la photo. Envoyez-nous un courriel à info@123rf.com et notre représentant vous assistera personnellement. Je vous remercie!

  15. Shelly

    I am wanting to use one of the images for my logo on my business cards and my stationary. What type of license will I need

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      Anna Yo

      Hi Shelly,

      If you want to use our images for a logo, you will need to buy out the image. You may email us at info@123rf.com and one of our representatives will assist you personally. Thank you for your interest!

  16. Karen Taylor-Vermaak

    Hi there. I want to use some vector images as a starting point for other logo designs for a client’s craft beer brand. Will I still need the extended licence? It will be for print and online.

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  17. Sura

    Hello, I’m interested in finding a photo for a cd cover. Please tell me the costs involved , how much is a license and what are all the others costs. I would like to know every cost as it effects my choice when choosing a photo directly from a photographer or from your Website

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