Using Royalty Free Stock for your creations

Reselling an iStock image on t-shirts, pins, posters, apparel etc. without an Extended License

If you plan to use an iStock file to sell any kind of product, you need an Extended License. Downloading a royalty-free file from iStock does not mean that you are free to do anything you want with it. Extended Licenses exist for the rare instances where you may need to use a file above and beyond its original licensing intention. An Extended License provides greater usage freedom for the files licensed from iStockphoto and properly compensates the artist for extended use of their file. Extended Licenses are also subject to some restrictions, so read the Extended License Provisions.

As more and more people use the Internet to find images, music and files for projects, presentations and products they are slowly warming to the idea of properly compensating artists for their work. iStockphoto was started in 2000 by artists who carved out an entire industry by selling millions of royalty-free photos, illustrations, video, audio and Flash® files starting at $1 — from artists who are paid royalties.

It's important to know your rights when it comes to digital content. A recent study commissioned by iStockphoto from KRC Research found that 33 percent of Americans are using downloaded digital content, but 30 percent of those people are unaware of the different permissions required to use the content they find. Similar to the music business, if you download a song or picture without paying for it, not only are you ripping off the artist, you could find yourself in legal hot water if you're not careful. Read more about using iStock's royalty-free audio. Here's some safer ways to use iStock content:

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