Before getting into things. I feel the need to say that everything in this post is just my understanding of what can be a confusing legal area. Also if anyone can see anything wrong with what I write please let me know.
There are three main reasons I either create my own images or license them*.
In my opinion after the quality and appropriateness of the image (which is very good from most providers) having confidence in the images legality and long-term availability is worth paying for. This is especially true now that images are relatively cheap to license.
As I write I realise that this is a traditional view of image licensing and in the modern world of micro-stock and amateur portfolios it may be outdated. The point is that I do everything I can to minimise risk when it come to business, yours or mine.
On a contractual note when James Image Management purchases images for clients they need the client to agree to be bound by the licensing agreement that comes with the image. This is done to protect our company, your company and the creator of the image.
*Nothing in this post should be taken as legal advice on which you can rely. It is for general information only and just represents my understanding of current UK legislation. If you are unsure of your position regarding image rights I strongly recommend that you take professional legal advice.
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