Terms and conditions (summarised) [view full version]

Standard licence

When you download a free or purchased image from FreeDigitalPhotos.net you automatically receive our ‘standard licence’ which allows you to use the image as an illustration for almost any business, personal, educational or charitable purpose. The image is yours to use anywhere in the world as many times as you need and for as long as you want.

If you choose to download an image free of charge you need to publish a credit to the creator of that image wherever it’s used – find out more about publishing a credit.

Extended licence

If you wish to sell merchandise bearing one of our images, where your customers are likely to buy the product solely or mainly BECAUSE it displays that image, you will need to purchase an ‘extended licence’. This could be, for example, if you want to reproduce the image on greeting cards.

Below we have summarised the types of use which are permitted with each licence. If you would like further information we encourage you to read our full terms and conditions or contact us for advice.

How you can use our images

This table shows a range of uses for our images and which licence is needed for each. Our images can be manipulated, edited, have text overlaid or be combined; the same licensing terms still apply.

How you intend to use the image Type of licence you need
Websites (eg websites for business (for yourself or a client), personal, educational or charitable use, plus blogs, forums, Facebook and Twitter pages). Standard licence
(free* or purchased images)
Web templates for mass distribution, whether free or paid for (eg templates distributed via ThemeForest or Template Monster). Extended licence
Printed media (eg newspapers, magazines, newsletters, booklets, flyers, advertising and promotional material). Standard licence
(free* or purchased images)
DVD, Blu-ray, CD and digital music covers. Standard licence
(free* or purchased images)
Book or eBook covers and inner pages (including books which are published through a print on demand service such as Amazon). Standard licence
(free* or purchased images)
Television broadcasts. Standard licence
(free* or purchased images)
Films (eg video productions and YouTube or Vimeo videos). Standard licence
(free* or purchased images)
Facebook profile or cover pictures. Standard licence
(free* or purchased images)
Twitter avatars or backgrounds. Standard licence
(free* or purchased images)
Software, apps and video games – incidental use where the image is not important to the functioning of the software. Standard licence
(free* or purchased images)
Emails (eg business, marketing and personal emails). Standard licence
(free* or purchased images)
Flash cards, language courses and online learning systems etc – where the images are integral to the functioning of the system, eg a picture is shown and has to be identified. Extended licence
School or college projects. Standard licence
(free* or purchased images)
PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and other end-user applications. Standard licence
(free* or purchased images)
Artists reference and canvas/framed artwork – where the resulting artwork is for personal use. Standard licence
(free* or purchased images)
Artists reference and canvas/framed artwork – where the resulting artwork is for sale. Extended licence
Desktop wallpaper – for personal use. Standard licence
(free* or purchased images)
Desktop wallpaper – for sale. Extended licence
Products or printed merchandise where the image is the sole, or a main, reason the product would be purchased; whether the item is distributed free of charge or sold (including greeting cards, mugs, T-shirts, calendars, jigsaws and other puzzles). This excludes distribution on merchandise sites, see below. Extended licence
Products or printed merchandise for resale on merchandise sites such as Zazzle and CafePress. Prohibited – no licence available
Product packaging or labels. Extended licence
Anything which may acquire trademark or copyright protection, including logos and other corporate identity devices. Prohibited – no licence available
Pornographic, unlawful or defamatory uses. Prohibited – no licence available
Infringement of copyright, trade name, trademark or service mark. Prohibited – no licence available
Redistribution or resale as a digital or printed image. Prohibited – no licence available

* Images which are downloaded free of charge are all provided under the standard licence. You must publish a credit wherever the image is used to acknowledge the copyright holder for that image (ie the person who created the image).

Editorial images

Editorial images may only be used for non-commercial and non-promotional purposes. This means that the images may not be used for any purpose which will result in you making money.

Editorial images may be used to illustrate truthful articles in printed or electronic media such as websites, magazines, newsletters, books, broadcasts and newspapers.

Editorial images may not be used in advertising, advertorials, commercial brochures, commercial websites or product packaging.

When these restrictions apply to a picture it is clearly labeled as an ‘editorial image’ when you view and download it. Please note that the terms of our standard licence still apply to these images, these additional restrictions are to protect the personal, or intellectual, rights of the subject of the image.



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