Licensing

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: [email protected]

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
  • 39 responses to “Licensing”

    1. […] Photo by Trey Ratcliff (license: Noncommercial Creative Commons). […]

    2. Mohan M says:

      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: 
      https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/116284399000926297178/photos/105180729825692536367/albums/5692926670810448449/5692926675939562994 
      I am also attaching the image which is downloaded from the link. 
      Regards,
      Mohan M 

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

    4. […] blog in the world. Over the past couple of years, Trey’s business has expanded to include licensing, affiliates, tutorials, eBooks, iOS/Android apps and […]

    5. Graphic Touch Media says:

      Great Site…i just love it

    6. It is very beautiful pictures

    7. Jose Zuniga says:

      I LIKE YOUR COUNTRY PLACE

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

    9.  Thanks for the note – fixed!

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    11. […] visar om inte annat Wikipedia cc (by,sa), eller Tray Radcliff som använder CC (by, nc), eller Hanna Sköld (filmskapare) att Creative Commons […]

    12. […] en s’en servant comme un espace d’exposition, et il organise leur dissémination en utilisant les licences Creative Commons (une manière alternative de concevoir le marquage, si l’on y réfléchit bien). Si […]

    13. Shahid says:

      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?

    14. […] behind the growth and popularity of HDR (high dynamic range) photography. Trey has very generous licensing terms on the images he posts daily to his website. These terms allow anyone to use his images, provided […]

    15. littleguy says:

      Excellent license options, thanks!

    16. […] There are some artists or photographers who are okay with people using their images as long as they give proper attribution. They will make it clear somewhere on their website that they are perfectly okay with people using their photographs as long as a link is provided back to the original. Trey Ratcliff is a great example of this– see his Licensing page here. […]

    17. […] more insights: Trey Ratcliffe Licensing/creative commons is my go to […]

    18. GailBP says:

      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

    19. ellergek says:

      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?

    20. Jason Fracaro says:

      Have you sent Trey or his assistant an email with this question? Or did you receive a response from them already?

    21. GailBP says:

      No, I don’t believe I ever heard back from anyone, and I haven’t used any of the images because of that.  Where should I write to ask?Thank you,Gail Purath From: Disqus
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    22. GailBP says:

      No, I don’t believe I ever heard back from anyone, and I haven’t used any of the images because of that.  Where should I write to ask?Thank you,Gail Purath From: Disqus
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    23. Jason Fracaro says:

      I would start off with an email to [email protected]

      If nothing, then one of the other emails on their contact page: http://www.stuckincustoms.com/contact-us/

      Best of luck!

    24. GailBP says:

      thanks!
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    25. BadBrainzPhotoz says:

      You cannot imagine the number of people who will pirate photos, seriously. Trey is very generous to share his time and pictures with people. If you think I’m making light of this, just imagine the investment in equipment, education, staff, travel, accommodations, time editing and experimenting, related costs of maintaining a website, time evaluating software and equipment, legal treaties, and the other many costs of getting even one picture posted online, and then think how annoying it is to discover someone trying to profit from your generosity.

    26. […] Trey Ratcliff’s work is Creative Commons License – Noncommercial. If you want to know more about what that means, he has more information on this licensing web page. […]

    27. Jo Smith says:

      Hi Tre, I really like your image of the Jacks Point clubhouse with the reflection of the Remarkables in Lake Tewa. Is it possible to use this in a small run of brochures (approx 150 and a few posters) we are doing ? Thanks Jo

    28. treyratcliff says:

      Best to talk to [email protected] about that ! 🙂

    29. kevin thompson says:

      Trey, could you possibly elaborate on the story, behind the name…Stuck in Customs? KT

    30. […] Trey Ratcliff’s Travel Photography – Popular and talented travel photographer Trey Ratcliff has made some of his photos available under CC license. You’ll want to read his license policy before using them to be sure you stay in compliance. […]

    31. sutto007 says:

      THis is excellent info thank you Trey

    32. Laserheart says:

      I’ve just added Aurora HDR to Wikipedia! 😉 If anyone wants to add information to the entry, feel free (i.e.. sample images processed with Aurora, screenshots, etc.)

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_HDR

      Or, you can send them to me with the Creative Commons license info, and I can post them for you.

      Thanks!

      Ron Manke

    33. Thanks Ron – got your email too. Need to make sure we do it right or Wiki will take them down pretty quickly. I’ll review and get back to you.

    34. Laserheart says:

      Awesome, thanks!

    35. […] Images are meant to be seen and not hoarded. ~ Trey Ratcliffe licensing page […]

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    37. […] April 2014, Trey Ratcliffe published an album of 800+ photos on Google+ with a creative commons license, he outlines on his website. In essence, just make sure you follow his attribution […]

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