Note: we get many requests to use this text for photographers’ own licensing pages. This is absolutely fine! Just make sure you change the appropriate site names/links and credit this page.

Trey and Stuck in Customs have the philosophy that art is meant to be seen and not hoarded. Our licensing policies are thus designed to balance the costs that go into creating and sharing our images with the desire to provide inspiration through our images on the internet and around the world.

Stuck in Customs allows use of Trey’s images in two ways:

Creative Commons License

With Creative Commons you are free:

  • To Share: Copy, Distribute, and Transmit the image
  • To Remix: Create Derivative works of the image

Under these conditions:

  • Attribution: Attribution to Trey Ratcliff and Stuck in Customs must be made along with the image.
  • Non-Commercial: The image must not be used for commercial purposes under any circumstances. For clarity on what defines commercial use, please see the Sample Accepted Uses below.

Sample Accepted Use of the Creative Commons License:

  • Blog Post describing a trip to Paris
  • Online article discussing the growing popularity of HDR photography
  • A website for a school project about the use of light in art
  • An individual using an image as a desktop background for the computer monitor

License to Copyright

‘Commercial Use’ regarding the use of images online or offline is defined very broadly. The determination of commercial or non-commercial use is based on the contextual use of the image. The determination is NOT based on the tax-filing status of the entity using the image nor on whether or not a financial transaction takes place.

Commercial use of our images is allowed only if expressly granted by Stuck in Customs. All commercial uses will incur a licensing fee. Our fees are based on the following criteria:

  • Media – print, web, television, etc.
  • Distribution Size – number of copies printed, viewing audience size, exposure (regional, national, international)
  • Length of Use – 1 year, 2 years, etc.
  • Prominence of Display – 1/4 page, 1/2 page, full page, spread, front cover, back cover, home page (online), interior page (online), etc.

All licensing inquiries should be sent to:

Sample Use Requiring a License to Copyright:

  • A marketing campaign for a commercial entity
  • A fund-raising campaign for a not-for profit entity
  • A background image for a website about furniture
  • License to create an individual print for use in a private home
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  • Mohan M

    Hi Trey, 
    There has been an initiative to control copyright violation and improper use of images (using images without credits) on Google+. 
    I and few others are managing Copyright Violation page. 
    Recently we came across an image of The Taj Mahal on Google+, which is probably yours. The user has also watermarked with his own name. Here is the link: 
    I am also attaching the image which is downloaded from the link. 
    Mohan M 

  • Monica Strickland Robinson

    I just downloaded the plug in for photoshop and went to purchase it.  It took me to a website called  The key code they gave me is not working.  Is this a legitimate  site?

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  • Graphic Touch Media

    Great Site…i just love it

  • Abigael Blytmann

    It is very beautiful pictures

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  • Michael Henasey

    first sentence has a typo up top. should be “seen” and not “see”.

  • Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

     Thanks for the note – fixed!

  • Pam Patterson

    Any chance of getting a mention for our travel photo contest website on your blog? You can win one of three Canon EOS Rebel T3s, six other cameras and a resort vacation.

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  • Shahid

    Can I use the 1000 Free images which was posted in Google+ today for making quotes of a spiritual master
    /non profit org,I mean put quotes on the picture and share it on Facebook,giving credit to your site at the bottom
    of each photo?

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  • littleguy

    Excellent license options, thanks!

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  • GailBP

    Is is acceptable to use your images for FB and blog posts for a non-profit site, adding text and giving you attribution? I have a non-profit devotional site and use images for my blog posts as well as posting inspirational images with Scripture or quotes on my blog’s FB page.
    Your images are incredible!
    Thank you,
    Gail Purath

  • ellergek

    Why is it no longer possible to download pictures from this website for personal use as a background or wallpaper on my PC? According to the terms described above this should be allowed, and indeed has been for years, up until recently?

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