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Create a customizable use license for Pros

or a license for editorial use.

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    South Florida Free PressSouth Florida Free Press shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Rob HuntleyRob Huntley shared a merged idea: RM pricing model  ·   · 
    Melissa WelshMelissa Welsh shared a merged idea: allow for custom photo license language for digital download sales.  ·   · 
    mwphotomwphoto shared a merged idea: Customised pricing  ·   · 
    D-WinchD-Winch shared a merged idea: let users author licenses.  ·   · 
    WendyWendy shared a merged idea: Two suggestion  ·   · 
    Simon LewisSimon Lewis shared a merged idea: Editable terms and conditions  ·   · 
    MattMatt shared a merged idea: Let people easily select a creative commons license for their photos/albums  ·   · 
    craig brandtcraig brandt shared a merged idea: Please add user provided license capability to the pro account. Your license doese not work for all!  ·   · 
    Bettina MoniqueBettina Monique shared a merged idea: Add an Editorial License  ·   · 


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      • gustavogustavo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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 HerdenAlice Mary Herden commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Dear SmugMug,

        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.

      • mjmj commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • BoogerBooger commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • gabbieAdmingabbie (Product Manager, SmugMug) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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 PhotoAfrica Stock Photo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • JCJC commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I also would like the ability to modify the licensing terms, especially the commercial license. Terms vary from country to country, I want to restrict certain uses and also be able to post the terms in French and English.

      • Yana StanchevaYana Stancheva commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is really, really important matter for many of us photograhers and I hope they'll do something about it. It doesn't seems so hard to implement, we're not asking for a major interface redesign, just un update of the license so we can sell photos for Editorial use.

      • KonaKona commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What we really need is the ability to add to the license, or a place at the bottom to insert a link-- e.g., "Additional licensing information can be found here". This is very important to many of us-- please!!!!

      • Kim HolmKim Holm commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm a professional cartoonist, not a hobbyist, am paying for a business-license, and I release all my own work under a CC-BY license. I currently have over 29gb, or 1500 images up, and only a handful do not have the license(Because they are either not public or contain someone else's material with the owners consent, under a CC-BY-SA-NC license). And the fact that my art does not show up under a CC search on Google is horrendous.

        Using a CC license is not just for hobbyists, it is a business model. Please SmugMug, implement it now!

      • rick doylerick doyle commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have just started moving my Photo and video library from Photo Shelter to your hosting.

        In pricing my galleries, I can’t find an Editorial use price list that can be sold for Editorial use in magazines, books, newspapers, digital use etc. for(those images without a model release)

        This is a massive amount of the income I derive from selling my stock photos. I have been a pro for over 35 years and sold thousands of images for editorial uses worldwide. It's a major part of the stock photo industry for which you are a big part.

        You only have options for Royalty Free use of images with model releases and you have left out the entire other half of the stock photography sales market.

        I would like to implement this Editorial use into my pricing model on your website. It would be a way to generate a significant amount of money.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Fully agree here on the need to sell RM-licenses. I just signed up for trial. I am a pro photographer and think about buying the business plan. I really like SM from waht I have ssen so far, but without the possibility to sell RM I will be restricted to selling only RF-photos I already have on sale with other stock agencies.

        I just wonder whether it would not be possible to just add a legeal wording on your images or a whole gallery in which you say that photos conataining brands or people without relases can only be used for editorial puroposes. But I am not sure if this would legally be sufficient.

      • CaseyCasey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Been years now... even a word from smugmug about this issue would be nice.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is an absolute must! As a photographer you are assuming a lot of liability for the images taken and not having the ability to specify what someone is purchasing is a HUGE risk. There are so may legal implications that not having the "Editorial" option really creates a huge gap. I hate that I'm going to have to switch to zenfolio (thanks to those that mentioned it). There may be a staff miscommunication because although I can't call a S.M. # to explain the details on why using the Commercial option is not ok; I worry that having them tell me to use the "commercial license" option and specify Editorial/Commercial is extremely bad advice. I have special event images that have attendees wearing sporting gear logos that if purchased for Commercial could get me sued! Plus, if their is the ability to market an image commercially & not via editorial I will have these priced differently and limit the amount of reproduction for my images.

        SmugMug: this is a pressing issue in the photography community and really needs your support. Please add this to your next update or at least explain why this is not available because, as someone previously mentioned, this does worries me on your business strategy.

        I'd hate to have a ColorRun repeat:

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