Create a customizable use license for Pros
or a license for editorial use.
Whoever came up with the commercial license had one kind of license in mind. But there are just so many ways that a commercial image is licensed that this just simply does not work without the ability to edit.
I left PhotoShelter for SmugMug for a lot of reasons...but rights-managed licensing fees is the one thing about PhotoShelter I miss the most. They've had this capability forever. I can't believe SmugMug still hasn't implemented this.
Looking through other companies that do this, it amazes me how many allow their customers to change and create custom licenses.
We need the ability to customize our own licenses. I sell digital downloads for dirt cheap to my clients. But the license SmugMug offeres says they can print up to 8x10 prints and freely distribute the files for personal use. NO! Not cool!
I need to be able to change the license to say specifically what they can do with it, like only post on social media for this particular product. This is costing me money and has cost me in legal fees. I had a customer buy a digital download then print it on tshirts for family. The right file I sell would have netted me hundreds of dollars. But instead, thanks to SmugMug's generic licenses that we can't change, I spent money on legal fees consulting with a copyright attorney, but because of what was there on the site, there wasn't much I could do.
I've been told by SmugMug support that I can add a page onto my website that lists my specific licenses and that this will supercede SmugMug's licenses. A-this legally does not do that. and B-it just looks unprofessional and petty.
My only option right now, is to stop selling digital downloads through my website and direct clients to contact me directly. I shoot sports. There are some events, like rodeos, where I might have hundreds of clients from one event. I don't have time to answer hundreds of emails a week, send an invoice, process the payment and then send out a digital file.
This needs to be done. I'm surprised that a feature with this many votes is still being neglected, especially with the number of comments that suggest people are moving away from smugmug because of the lack of it. Why are smugmug being so restrictive on the licenses we can offer?
Here's an insight into my workflow for more understanding -
I'm a photographer that sells commercial usage licenses and also editorial usage licenses.
For example, I covered a music festival last weekend.
Let's say, someone from a media outlet such as a newspaper or blog wants to use one of my photos of Mark Ronson performing as it's a newsworthy event - they would need to purchase an editorial license.
However, Mark Ronson's management then decides they want to buy that exact same image but use it for one of their promotional posters - they would need a commercial license which would incur a higher fee than editorial.
It was suggested by support that I create a new page with information about different licenses and then refer clients to that before they buy the photos - In theory this should be simple to set up, however I can't have any misleading information which would add major complications in the case of a copyright infringement (sadly an increasingly large part of my photography business!) This would be the case if the links to smugmug's current personal and commercial licenses remained in place on the 'buy now' pop up.
I really don't want to have to use a competitor of smugmug because they are all inferior - believe me, I've tried them all!
So what we need is customisable options that give us the ability to change the usage type, image size and license information. I don't want to have to restart everything with a different service provider after this 14 day trial but if there is no suggestions of a resolution then I will have to.
Allow the ability to offer codes to unlock commercial license option. We only want to offer most customers access to the personal license, but for special instances granting commercial licenses or ability to purchase that license would be desired.
Agreeing 100% on any sort of customizable license as well as an option for editorial licensing.
Exactly what gustavo said below.
We need customizable licenses for Pro usage. I am putting together a site for a museum and they need custom license text. It is 2016 boys time to update this area of your wonderful image sales platform!!!!
Get on it. It is a very simple fix.
Please include option to edit commercial use license, need to add editorial license for commercial download
Your service is completely oustanding. Unlimited, nice, friendly. Please, please ad an Editorial license to your cart. Or a customizable license field for pros. Include OPTIONS TO EDIT PERSONAL AND COMMERCIAL USE LICENSE. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO EDIT THE TEXT PORTION. Like one of the psts below says, Please at least split the commercial license into editorial and advertising (ie. unreleased and released, respectively). Without the option we not only stand to lose income but would run the risk of legal issues arising from misuse of the images.
Please, guys. Do that and you will leave your competitors in the dust. Thank you!
Alice Mary Herden commented
Everyone here has some great points... I agree with three standard licenses.. Personal, Commercial and Editorial.
Stock photography sites are just bombarded with so many photographers that it's hard for some to get noticed. Granted it's free to upload.. but here at Smugmug pay to be a Pro member..
I have been with Smugmug for years I need more reasons to stay and more reasons to keep filling my gallery!
You can even make editorial for media/press photographers only that are currently working with the local news as a photographer.
Personally this will truly benefit me in my position, and give me more reasons to be out in my community!
That would be REALLY, REALLY awesome.
You come highly recommended from many and as many other pro photographers, I am looking for ways to host my own archive and sell directly to media and others who google and buy images more than they search Getty Images these days.
For that I need a licensing that is scalable. For example I sold an image to several newspapers last week of a person who had just passed. They should be able to find it them self, calculate their licensing (depending on web use and size in printed media, per circulation) and download it.
It would be great if you could include that service in SmugMug.
I need editorial license on SmugMug thanx!
I have been trialling SmugMug for my company and am very disappointed there are no Rights managed or bespoke license options. Regretfully I will have to choose one of your competitors because of this.
I just signed up for trial. Liked the layout and everything. Found about this! Signed off again.
Pros need to create various options for licenses.
Include OPTIONS TO EDIT PERSONAL AND COMMERCIAL USE LICENSE. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO EDIT THE TEXT PORTION.
The minute you add an editorial license—or better yet, a custom license option—count me in for a pro plan. Unfortunately, the current license implementation is a total deal-breaker for me.
Admingabbie (Product Manager, SmugMug) commented
Hi Rob. Thanks for your feedback! We're always interested to hear more about different photographers workflows. There's another open idea along similar lines to what you're asking for here. I'm going to merge the two ideas together and combine the votes. If you have additional feedback you'd like to add about this idea, please feel free to comment.
Africa Stock Photo commented
I'm trialling Smugmug with intent to use it as a Stock photography sales platform. I just want to add my voice to the call for more comprehensive licensing options for downloads. Please at least split the commercial license into editorial and advertising (ie. unreleased and released, respectively).
Without the option we not only stand to lose income but would run the risk of legal issues arising from misuse of the images.
I've tried quite a few of the other platforms and really like what's happening here I have to say the lack of editorial/advertising license options would probably be a deal breaker for me.
And while I'm here, I'd also like to second another poster's suggestion of incorporating FotoQuote into the software.