500px Marketplace Buyer FAQ

UPDATE: We've recently communicated changes to Marketplace that go into effect June 30th, 2018. For more details regarding these changes and how they may affect you, please visit our Marketplace Transition FAQ.

Anyone wishing to purchase an image license on 500px must agree with the Commercial Licensing Agreement. This agreement outlines the legal requirements and limitations of the license options available at 500px.

Exclusive Use and Exclusive Buyout

Certain photos on 500px are available for Exclusive Use (valid for a period of time) and Exclusive Buyout (these images are yours forever). If you have a special requirement for an image unique to only your project, contact us at [email protected] or call 1-855-561-4584 Option #1 to speak to someone about licensing this photo exclusively.

Editorial Licensing
Q: What are the requirements and restrictions on Editorial Photos?
A: Photos that are “Editorial Use Only” cannot be used for selling and marketing purposes. They are mostly used to illustrate a truthful article that is about news, culture, sports, politics, entertainment or other topics of interest to the public.  These images are often not model or property released and may cause liability risks, not covered by our warranty, if used for commercial or advertorial purposes.

To avoid issues, content can only be used for the following:
Documentary publications

  • Documentary programs or documentation

Educational publications

  • Textbooks
  • Essays, papers, journals

Newsworthy publications

  • Newspaper articles
  • Magazine articles
  • Editorial features
  • Sports features
  • Celebrity features
  • Cultural articles

Editorial content can NOT be used for the following:

  • Advertorial material such as a blog or magazine article promoting a product or service.
  • Commercial, Promotional or Advertising material

Unavailable images:

When searching for licensable photos on 500px, the best option is to perform a search using https://marketplace.500px.com/ where only immediately available content will appear. When coming across an unavailable image, it is likely that the image has not been approved by our Content Editors, or the photographer has not submitted the image for licensing.  




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