Lamollesse STOCK IMAGES
What are "Stock Photos" and can I use "Stock Photos" in my submissions?
Stock images are images that are posted somewhere with the express intent that it may be used by other artists in their own artwork. Use of these images in this fashion are subject to the artist's license, which may or may not require the payment of fees.
The use of stock imagery at deviantART is permissible if and only if you can provide a link to the source of the stock image along with some kind of proof that you have satisfied the terms of the stock image license.
Please remember to follow all terms and conditions which might be attached to the stock by the provider. Some of the more common terms are non-commercial use only and a requirement to link back to the stock provider but terms can vary greatly so be certain to check.
Failure to obey all of the required Terms and Conditions or License requirements attached to the stock may result in the removal of your submission
Please be aware that not all websites are considered legitimate stock imagery resources. Only the legal owner of the imagery has the ability to offer the work as a stock resource- if the 'stock' website includes images taken from print or film, or includes photographs featuring celebrities or supermodels then you may rest assured that it is not a valid resources site. Likewise "Render" websites are not valid stock sources as they offer copyrighted materials which have been cut apart and which are offered by people without the legal right to do so.
Also be aware that the lack of obvious copyright information does not imply that the imagery is free for use.
We urge all artists who rely upon stock imagery to provide a link back the specific stock URL in their description even if the terms do not require it in order to prevent any confusion or misunderstandings. When doing so please be certain to link to the specific URL of the stock item and not simply to the website in general; for example do not simply link to the front page of sxc.hu or gettyimages.com but provide the exact link so that a staff member or other interested user can easily locate the stock item.