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Extended Stock Image License

What is an extended (or enhanced) license?

An extended license is simply a royalty-free license with extras.

Although a royalty-free license is very flexible, it still often comes with some restrictions.

It may restrict how many times you can reproduce a media product, how many people (in the same company for instance) the media product can be used by, and will often restrict resale and redistribution rights.

An extended license lets you extend your rights to include many of these.

For instance, an extended license could give you the right to use an image for an unlimited number of printed copies, or it could enable you to re-sell the license to someone else

Or it could dictate that the original owner of the image must withdraw all other offerings of the image on all other marketplaces.

extended license stock images
royalty-free license with extras

In fact, normally when you purchase an extended licence to a media product, this media product will be removed from the stock image website’s collection.

In other words, after you purchase an extended license, nobody else will normally have the opportunity to purchase a license to that product.

However, those that purchased a license to the product before you acquired the extended license, still have the right to use it according to their original license.

Needless to say, the cost of an extended license will be significantly higher than the cost of a simple royalty-free license.

Although your rights are more comprehensive and inclusive with an extended license than the rights you get with a royalty-free or a rights-managed license, you still do not own the image nor do you own the copyright to the image.

You only own a certain right to it.