Rights Managed or Royalty Free?
Images purchased from this site are available either through Rights Managed (also known as Traditional Licensing) or Royalty Free (RF). Choosing the right licensing model is important for financial, ongoing use and legal reasons.
When you select a Rights Managed image your price is calculated according to use. The factors include the size of the end image (for example, full page), placement (for example, cover of magazine), industry (for example, tourism), distribution (for example, North America), duration (for example, 1 month), number of copies printed and other factors.
When you select Royalty Free licensing the cost is calculated on the resolution (number of pixels) of the image that you purchase. For example, if you want to buy an image for use on a website the resolution of the image you buy is likely to to be far lower than if you were to buy an image for a full page print. Once you have purchased the usage rights to a Royalty Free image you may then continue to use that particular image without paying further licensing costs. As a result, Royalty Free images tend to be more generic than Traditionally Licensed work.
Is Royalty Free always less expensive?
Not always. As Royalty Free (RF) pricing is based on the size (pixel resolution) of the image that is sold. A high-resolution RF image may be several times more expensive than a small print run of a Rights Managed image.
Alamy Images will help you find the correct licensing model and image resolution.