Wednesday, August 16, 2023

The Differences Between Royalty Free, Rights Managed, and Extended Stock Photo Licenses

An infographic that explains the main differences between 3 common stock photo licenses: Royalty Free, Royalty Managed, and Extended.
This infographic shows a visual comparison of the 3 main stock photo licenses and summarizes the main differences. © Evan's Studio, 2023

What are the Different Types of Common Stock Photo Licenses?

Stock photos are images that you can purchase and use for a variety of purposes including: creating a website, accompanying an article, designing a menu, or in a blog post. The different ways you are able to use a stock image depend on the license type and the rights you are granted. Not all stock photos have the same usage rights and it is important to read your license carefully to understand what you can and cannot do.

This blog will summarize three common stock photo licenses: Royalty Free, Rights Managed, and Extended.

Royalty Free (RF)

Royalty Free is the most prevalent and cost efficient type of stock photo license. It means that you pay a one-time fee to download and use the image perpetually or as many times as you want, for as long as you want, and in a wide spectrum of permitted uses, as long as it follows the terms and conditions of the license agreement. It is important to note that there are restrictions on how you can use the Royalty Free content, so make sure that you read the license carefully.

The main advantage of Royalty Free images over Rights Managed for the customer is that they are flexible, affordable, and hassle-free. You can use them for numerous projects and purposes without worrying about paying extra fees or royalties. You do not have to pay additional royalties to the image owner or the agency each time you use the image. The main disadvantage is that they are non-exclusive, meaning that your other people can license the same image. Exclusive Royalty Free image licenses are occasionally available, but they are usually much more expensive. 

Rights Managed (RM)

Rights Managed is a less flexible type of stock photo license. It means that you pay a fee to use the image for a single project, use, or purpose for a set time and in a specific geographic region. There are other limits that may apply. The fee can vary depending on the specific use cases and is calculated by the agency or the image owner.

Rights Managed images offer greater control and protection for how the image is used, which can be important to the creator. The customer can negotiate the terms and conditions of the license agreement according to their tailored needs and budget. Customers can usually request exclusivity rights so that no one else can use the same image for the same or similar purpose during the license period. This can ease concerns about your competitors licensing the same image.

The main drawback of Rights Managed images is that they cost more and are less flexible than Royalty Free images. You will have to pay more for each additional use.


Extended is another type of stock photo license that grants extra rights that are not included in Royalty Free or Rights Managed licenses. It means that you pay an extra fee on top of the base license fee to extend your rights. 

These licenses DO NOT transfer ownership. The creator still maintains the copyright and ownership of the work. The licenses grant the customer permission to use the image.



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Sunday, August 6, 2023

The Susan B. Anthony Dollar: A Valuable Coin for Collectors

A 1979-P Susan B. Anthony Dollar coin with a portrait of the suffragist Susan B. Anthony facing to the right on the obverse side.

The obverse side of the 1979-P Susan B. Anthony Dollar. © Evan's Studio, 2023

     The Susan B. Anthony Dollar is a United States dollar coin that was minted from 1979 to 1981, and 1999. 

The minting marks the first time that a real woman (as opposed to Lady Liberty) appears on a circulating United States coin. The designer of the coin is Frank Gasparro and you can see his initials "FG" on the obverse side.

  The Susan B. Anthony Dollar honors a pioneer women’s suffrage leader. 

The obverse side of the coin shows a right-facing Susan B. Anthony (see photo above). The reverse features an eagle clutching a laurel branch in its talons displayed on top of a landscape of the Moon's surface (see photo below). The coin is composed of Copper-Nickel Clad Copper.

The reverse side of the 1979-P Susan B. Anthony Dollar shows an eagle with its wings spread and its talons touching the moon, which symbolizes the Apollo 11 mission.

    The reverse side of the 1979-P Susan B. Anthony Dollar. © Evan's Studio, 2023    

     While Susan B. Anthony Dollars are relatively common, they are not frequently encountered in circulation. A few qualities can make your Susan B. Anthony more valuable than average including:

  • Condition: uncirculated coins will be more valuable than circulated ones.
  • Rare varieties: the 1979-P Wide Rim Variety, the 1979-S Proof Type 2 (clear “S” mintmark) and the 1981-S Proof Type 2 (flat “S” mintmark), for example.
  • Check here to see if you have the narrow or wide rim. 
  • Proofs: you will find the "S" mint mark on these coins. 
    The Susan B. Anthony Dollar is an interesting and unique coin because it marks the first time that a real woman is featured on a circulating US coin. While it may not have been well-received by the public at the time of its release, it remains a unique and collectible coin today.

    For more about Susan B. Anthony Dollars check out the following links:

     To purchase the 1979-P Susan B. Anthony dollar pictured above, visit the Evan's Studio Ebay store to place a bid or make an offer. 

    To license the 1979-P Susan B. Anthony dollar photos featured in this post, visit the Evan's Studio Shutterstock store.