Can I edit editorial photos?

by user86327   Last Updated August 12, 2019 09:18 AM

Is it allowed to edit images marked as editorial on stock photography sites? The main content of the photo is a building and I just want to remove distracting elements like drainage wells and trashcans, which in a way ruin this picture.



Answers 1


Probably. Read the license terms offered by the stock photography site. They will say — and will not always be the same, even from the same site.

Stock photography sites usually have their own legalese, but by way of example, consider these three different Creative Commons licenses:

Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY-ND)

Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format for any purpose, even commercially.

but

No Derivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

This license allows you to redistribute, and the fine print on "no derivatives" clarifies that you can change format without creating a derivative under the terms. But you couldn't "remove distractions" or anyhting like that.

Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY)

Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

This one doesn't have the "no derivatives" restriction, and explicitly allows adaptations.

Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY-SA)

Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

but

Share Alike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

In this case, you can make the modifications you want, but there is an addition wrinkle.

Non–open-content licenses may have similar terms and restrictions. If it's not clearly stated in plain language, you may want to consult with a lawyer.

mattdm
mattdm
August 12, 2019 09:08 AM

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