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Royalty free means this:

You offer your photograph to a stock agency. They get a price, and that's it. The client buying your photograph may use it over and over and over again and they never have to pay you another dime.

In the old days, you would get paid everytime someone uses your photograph. Many stock agencies now are just charging a one-time-fee, if you will.

I think it's a problem. For instance, if I purchase a music CD, and I play it at home, that's okay because it is purely for my personal enjoyment. This is really no different than my purchasing a photograph from you and placing it on my living room wall.

But, what if after I buy that music CD, I begin to profit from your music - your work that you created from thin air; like, I start a radio station, or I use it in an advertisement to sell my product? Now, we have a problem, you and I. And I want a royalty for you to do that.

The stock agencies are bending toward demand which is asking for royalty free photos.

I have a problem with it. But, if you're okay with it, it's still profitable because you can still make money on each sale of the photograph to different customers. And, the folks who buy it, are merely licensing the right to use it, to to re-sell it.


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