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Image Licensing

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At Reading and Thinking.com, we understand the importance of images in enriching content and enhancing the reader experience. As creators ourselves, we also appreciate the hard work that goes into producing quality images and the need to protect the rights of artists and photographers.

That's why we have developed a comprehensive image licensing system to clarify how our photos can be used. Our goal is to strike a balance between making our images widely accessible while also honoring the creators who bring these visuals to life.

Our Image Licenses

We offer images under a few different licenses, each with specific terms of use.

Free Personal License

A large portion of images on Reading and Thinking are available under a free personal license. This allows you to use the photos for non-commercial purposes without attribution. For example, you could share one of our travel images on your personal social media or use it as a desktop wallpaper.

However, any public display or commercial use does require attribution and obtaining commercial licensing.

Free Public License

Some of our images are licensed for public use, meaning you can share and display the images freely for non-commercial purposes as long as you provide proper attribution. Proper attribution means visibly displaying the name "Reading and Thinking.com" or "readingandthinking.com" adjacent to the image.

Any commercial use still requires purchasing a commercial license.

Commercial Licenses

For any commercial application, including things like advertising, print materials, merchandise, film, electronic publications, etc., you must obtain a commercial license. This allows broader usage in commercial mediums in exchange for a licensing fee.

We offer simple and affordable commercial licenses tailor-made for different applications. For example, online or print ads have different license terms than merchandise or film usage.

To explore our commercial image licenses, please contact us via the information below.

Attribution Requirements

For any image used under a Free Public License or Free Commercial License, attribution must be provided. This means clearly displaying the name "Reading and Thinking.com" or "readingandthinking.com" adjacent to the image.

This attribution should be:

Visible and easy to read

Placed immediately next to or below the image

Using a font size proportionate to the image size

Proper attribution recognizes the creator and helps direct traffic back to our site. Failure to provide attribution can result in legal action.


Images may be cropped or resized but should not otherwise be altered without obtaining additional permissions. 

This includes things like:

Color adjustments

Image filters

Text overlays

Combining with other visual elements

Significantly altered versions of the original image are considered derivative works. To obtain rights to create derivatives, please contact us to explore commercial licensing options.

Resale & Distribution

You may not resell, redistribute, or otherwise make our images available for download elsewhere without express commercial licensing. This includes uploading to stock image marketplaces.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the appropriate use or licensing of our photos, please don't hesitate to get in touch! We are happy to help explain our licenses and point you toward the best option for your needs.

Email: [email protected]

We make our images easy to access while also protecting creator rights. Let's discuss how we can work together!

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