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Licensing Structure and Royalty Rates FAQ

What are the royalty rates?

The royalty rate, or how much you receive from a sale, depends on whether you make your photo Exclusive or Non-Exclusive to 500px. Below, you will find the royalty structure based on your photo’s exclusivity. You can read more about Exclusive and Non-Exclusive here.

   

     License Price


     Royalty Rate

   

Core

Prime

Exclusive

Non-Exclusive


Standard

Licenses

Medium

$34

$49

60%

30%

Large

$99

$149

60%

30%

X-Large

$149

$249

60%

30%





Extended License Add-ons

Multi-seat

                $99

40%

30%

Unlimited Print & Digital Run

                $299

40%

30%

Items for Resale

                $499

40%

30%

Extended Legal Warranty

                $199

N/A

N/A

The prices in the chart above are in USD.

Medium (formerly known as Web Ready)
Large (formerly known as Retina Ready)
X-Large (formerly known as Print Ready)

Our photos are also priced in Euros for some European buyers. We set the prices every few months, but due to currency fluctuations, the amounts may vary from the pricing above.

Please note that pricing can also vary due to promotions and discounts on large volume purchases.

Does it matter what type of account I have? 

Whether you are on our free service or subscribed to our Awesome, Pro or Pro+ memberships, you’re encouraged to submit your best images to the 500px Marketplace. Royalty rates are not affected by the status of your account. 

How much does it cost to sell photos on the 500px Marketplace?

Zero! Nothing! Zip! It's totally free to contribute your photos to the 500px Marketplace, and you earn 60% of net sales on images you've submitted exclusively to our Marketplace.

 

What types of licenses can buyers purchase? How much do licenses cost for buyers? 

Medium (formerly known as Web Ready) Royalty-Free License 

  • Core Collection: $34, Prime Collection: $49
  • 1800px on the longest side, 72 dpi
  • Worldwide, all-media usage with no expiry
  • Up to 1,000,000 digital impressions and up to 500,000 print reproductions

Large (formerly known as Retina Ready) Royalty-Free License

  • Core Collection: $99, Prime Collection: $149
  • 2400px on the longest side, 144 dpi
  • Worldwide, all-media usage with no expiry
  • Up to 1,000,000 digital impressions and up to 500,000 print reproductions

X-Large (formerly known as Print Ready) Royalty-Free License 

  • Core Collection: $149, Prime Collection: $249
  • >3000px on the longest side, 300 dpi
  • Worldwide, all-media usage with no expiry
  • Up to 1,000,000 digital impressions and up to 500,000 print reproductions

These licenses can be used for commercial or editorial use, advertising, product packaging, and more. For more details, see the Commercial Licensing Agreement.

 

What types of extended licenses can buyers purchase? How much do extended licenses cost for buyers?

Buyers can also purchase the following add-ons:

Multi-seat:

  • $99
  • If multiple members of a team within the same organization need access to a licensed image, a multi-seat extended license is required.

Unlimited Print & Digital Run:

  • $299
  • If any physical print run requires more than 500,000 copies, an Extended License is required. This includes advertising, marketing and promotional materials, newspapers, magazines, books or product packaging. Digital impressions in excess of 1,000,000 require an extended license. This includes video, TV & cinema, software & applications, and electronic documents.

Items for Resale:

  • $499
  • Items for resale require an extended license and include posters, wall art, postcards, mugs, t-shirts, on-demand print products, etc., and digital templates for resale including website templates, brochure design templates, e-greeting cards, etc. 

Extended Legal Warranty:

  • $199
  • All licensed images come with a $10,000 indemnification for legal coverage. When the imagery is used within the terms of our license agreement, we warrant that the image will not infringe on any copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right or violate any right of privacy or publicity. An Extended License increases that coverage to $250,000.
  • Royalties are not paid to photographers on the Extended Legal Warranty, as 500px is taking sole responsibility for its associated risks.
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