Do You Buy Stock Photos for Clients?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 4:00 AM IST



As a presentation designer, do you need to buy stock photos to use in your client presentations? But did you know that you may be breaking the rules, without being aware—even if you are paying to license the photos?

Thanks to Nancy Duarte for highlighting this area in a recent conversation. Here is what she said:

There’s a little-known clause in terms of stock photo houses that states that agencies cannot buy images on behalf of others (we can’t transfer rights of images to others). So, we have to open individual accounts in each client’s name and the stock houses don’t let you know this. We spent tons-o-time on the phone with them trying to explain that this is standard practice for agencies to buy images and bill them back but they confirmed that those are not in the terms (and other large agencies confirmed that they avoid many stock photo houses like the plague due to the liability). Look closely at the terms of your favorite stock photo houses because you contractually cannot act as an agency on behalf of clients.

Do You Buy Stock Photos for Clients? - Nancy Duarte

See Also: Illuminate: Conversation with Nancy Duarte

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