Terms of Service and Contributor Agreement: Changes

**Updated July 1st, 2018**

Why are there changes to the Terms of Service and Contributor Agreement?
The 500px Marketplace closed June 30th, 2018, so we have updated the Terms of Service and Contributor Agreement to reflect this change.

What are the changes to the Terms of Service?
There are a few key changes to note, which are explained in more detail below:

  • Removal of the term “500px Marketplace”
  • The updated Terms of Service emphasize distribution and licensing more clearly

What do these changes mean, and how do these changes affect me?

Removal of the term “500px Marketplace”:

To simplify the user experience we removed the term “500px Marketplace” from the Terms of Service. Now it’s just “Licensing” or “500px”.

Distribution:

We believe the Terms of Service reflects our shift to a distribution only model. This change simply means we’re updating the language to make it clear for 500px photographers who participate in licensing, that we plan to license your work through our exclusive distribution partners, Getty Images and VCG.

What are the changes to the Contributor Agreement?
There are a few key changes to note. The following are contained within the outlined section(s) of the new Contributor Agreement and are explained in more detail below:

  • Removal of the term “500px Marketplace” from the site, customer facing pages and Contributor Agreement.
  • The updated agreement emphasizes distribution more clearly.
  • Section 3: Copyright
  • Section 5.4: Infringement
  • Section 7.3: Termination Wind-down period
  • Section 14.10: Personal Information

What do these changes mean, and how do these changes affect me?
Removal of the term “500px Marketplace”:

To simplify the customer experience we removed the term “500px Marketplace” from the site, customer facing pages and the Contributor Agreement.  Now it’s just “500px”. Simple!

Distribution:

We believe the agreement reflects our shift to a distribution only model. This change simply means we’re updating the language to make it clear we plan to license your work through our exclusive distribution partners.

Copyright:

500px and our distribution partners will continue to market the 500px collection through various channels to build out our brand and increase exposure for our contributor’s content. We want to be sure it’s alright to use our contributor’s images in derivative works we create for this marketing push, as well as general promotion of the collection.

Infringement:

This updated section refers to scenarios where someone uses an image from a 500px contributor without first obtaining a proper license. These uses are unauthorized - either through a client not paying or through someone stealing the image. We’ve also removed onerous language that required contributors to pay royalties even where they pursued the copyright or infringement claim themselves.

Termination Wind-down period:

There’s a difference between removing an image from licensing and terminating your 500px account. This update addresses termination of your account and how quickly we’ll remove your images from our distribution partner sites after you close or terminate your account with us.

Personal Information:

We updated our privacy policy at the end of May 2018 and have referenced this new version of that policy in the updated Contributor Agreement.

What if I want to compare the old Contributor Agreement with the updated version?Anyone can access our Contributor Agreement - Redline document here. This will allow you to compare.

What’s the difference between the Contributor Agreement and the Contributor Agreement – Redline?
The Contributor Agreement - Redline version of the document allows you to more easily see changes between the old version of the Contributor Agreement and the new one. New text added is in Red. Text that’s been removed is shown in Red with a line through it.

If I am OK with these changes, is there anything I need to do?
Nope. You’re all set. Keep uploading and stay tuned for more news and great features from the 500px, Getty Images and VCG distribution partnerships, later this summer.

If I want to opt-out of the new agreement, what do I need to do?
If you choose to not agree to the updated terms of the Contributor Agreement, then you must disable licensing in your licensing settings.

Have more questions? Ask us!