About us

About us

Licensing stock images can be a complicated business. Whether you need an image for an advertising campaign, a company presentation or for your personal blog, you should know the legal ins and outs before you agree to license it.

Stockphotorights.com is a helpful resource for information on image licensing. It aims to unravel the complexities, expose the pitfalls and provide image buyers with the knowledge they need to license an image with confidence. This site is not, however, a substitute for advice from your own legal counsel.

Stockphotorights.com has been set up by Getty Images for the benefit of the photographic industry and its customers, with the support of BAPLA (British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies) and PACA (Picture Archive Council of America).

This site will continue to grow as we gain industry feedback and evolve with the changing nature of the photographic world. If you are a member of the photographic community and would like to contribute or become a partner of stockphotorights.com, please get in touch through the contact us form.

Stockphotorights.com is supported by the following organisations:

The British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies, or BAPLA, is the trade association for picture libraries in the UK and the largest organization of its kind in the world.
PACA, the Picture Archive Council of America, is the trade organization in North America that represents the vital interests of stock archives of every size, from individual photographers to large corporations, who license images for commercial reproduction. Founded in 1951, its membership includes over 100 companies in North America and over 50 international members.
getty images logo Getty Images is a leading provider of digital media worldwide, creating and distributing a range of assets – from royalty-free stock photography and editorial images to footage, music and multimedia – that help communicators around the globe tell their stories.
istockphoto logo iStockphoto is the internet’s original member-generated image and design community. Get easy, affordable inspiration with millions of safe, royalty-free photographs, vector illustrations, video footage, audio tracks and Flash files.
punch stock logo PunchStock is a comprehensive collection of over two million royalty-free stock photos and illustrations from the world’s top photographers and collections.
Shutterstock has been a trusted source of stock images since 2003, offering an outstanding collection of premium photos, illustrations, vectors and footage, Shutterstock is the largest subscription-based stock agency in the world.
Think stock logo Thinkstock is a new stock photography subscription, offering a comprehensive collection of select royalty-free photos, vectors and illustrations from Getty Images, iStockphoto and Jupiterimages.
  VIsual Connections runs annual image expos in New York and Chicago, where image buyers can meet suppliers of stock and commissioned imagery, learn about industry trends at the seminars and sessions, and network with peers. It also host an international online directory of visual media suppliers.