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by Trev on Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:55 pm
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I'm not sure if anyone can help me here but hopefully they can.

When someone purchases a rights managed image are they sent the highest resolution image on file, irrelevant of the use that image is licenced for?

eg. Would they get the same resolution image sent out whether its licenced for a 1/4 page use or for use as a poster, or even web use for that matter, and just trusted to use it for the licence they have paid for?

Are jpegs or tiffs sent out?

I know RF images are licenced for their size but wasn't sure what size RM images are sent out at.

Your help would be much appreciated.

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by Royce Howland on Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:58 pm
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The answer is -- "it depends". :) It's all down to what the customer requests, what the copyright holder allows, and how the negotiation plays out. Certainly re: JPEG, TIFF, colour space and any other simple technical matters, there is no standard. It's whatever the customer requires.

Re: image resolution, I would normally try to re-sample the image to roughly the dimensions and PPI required for the customer's project. If they wanted only a 1/4 page size for example, I likely wouldn't send a file capable of a full bleed 2-page spread at full resolution. However depending on their exact layout use, they may need a bit of latitude to adjust sizing and/or cropping. It wouldn't be unusual if they couldn't specify 100% detail on this at the time of licensing, so I wouldn't normally try to nail them to the wall on it. But if they know it's 1/4 page at such-and-such inches & 300 PPI, then I'd normally resize to somewhere in that ballpark.

Either way, I do "trust" the customer to follow the license terms that I've clearly documented. :) But I would also verify licensed images periodically, where it was pragmatic to do so. E.g. if it was a magazine available in my local area and I knew when it was coming out, I'd probably check it upon publication...
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by Trev on Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:20 am
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Thanks Royce, the reason I ask is because Im setting up a rights manage price calculator that has instant download option so when they check all the appropriate boxes for the use then pay they can download the image, so it all runs by itself, so I'm not sure what size to have the download file, for the different licenses. If I make them too small it may stop them from cropping if they need to

I've noticed that on RM images on Getty they state the largest size they have for that image, so if someone wanted to use the image printed at say 8' for a banner would they be sent the file and up-size it themselves?
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by Royce Howland on Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:35 am
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If you're trying to automate it 100%, that will make it tricky. You might end up squeezing out some people with a usage profile that doesn't fit your automation. I'd suggest provide some common automated packages and then an option for "contact me" if something doesn't fit the available choices. Depending on who you expect your customers to be, giving them some freedom in sizing & cropping will be important.

Or, you could start simple and "trust" the customer by providing the full res file regardless of the usage license. If you're successful enough to be ripped off to the tune of serious dollars by people over-using your high res files, you can sue them and use the proceeds to build a better web site. :)

I've never licensed an 8' image from Getty :) but yes in your example I presume a customer would be sent the largest file size and they'd have to up-size it themselves. That's not something Getty is likely to do automatically, it's too fraught with issues. Down-sizing is somewhat less problematic, though you don't want to under-size the image for the licensed use after cropping or minor size tweaks, which is where the issue comes in...
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by Trev on Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:53 am
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Thanks again Royce, yes there will be options for clients to contact me for different requirements. I was thinking of doing instant downloads for jpegs and if the client prefers tiffs we would send them on request. I'm just trying to give as many options as I can and if I can automate it as much as possible when I'm away for month things can still tick over. I know there are no easy fixes but people like choice so thats what hopefully I will be offering.

I'm using 'Stockbox' to operate it its very comprehensive, just a lot to set up :)
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