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Old 11-03-2019, 04:08 PM
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Using photos from 500px?

Normally if I need a reference photo, I go to Morguefile or Pixabay, or ask the photographer if they allow derivative works to be made from their photos. In short, I always have permission or use creative commons pics.
I came across 500px the other day, a site which seems to have many excellent photos uploaded by photographers. Despite looking around the site for almost and hour, I still can't find any info about USING the pics on there! Are they copyrighted? How do I buy them if so? There's no way to add them to a cart like stock photos... Anybody ever use this site or have any idea how the photos are licensed for use?
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Old 11-04-2019, 03:39 AM
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Re: Using photos from 500px?

I have always assumed that 500pix photos are copyright, so you would have to get the photographer's permission to use them.

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Old 11-04-2019, 06:49 AM
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Re: Using photos from 500px?

Probably your best plan would be to contact the site and ask.... there should be some kind of contact info.
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Old 11-08-2019, 07:11 PM
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Re: Using photos from 500px?

Its an RF site. So yeah not commercial free but you have to purchase the correct license for your use. 🙂

Just for your exploration. So you can have a better idea.


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Old 11-12-2019, 09:59 PM
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Re: Using photos from 500px?

Thanks, everyone! Yes, I contacted 500px and each photographer has individual licensing. Some want to sell their images, some just use it as a portfolio of sorts for gaining exposure. You do have to message each photographer separately and ask if they would be willing to let you use their image free or sell you usage rights. I wish the site explained what it was a bit better!
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