LuDa-Stock Rules and FAQ COMMERCIAL USAGE:
We're currently getting many requests concerning commercial usage of our artworks, for example for commissions or prints. Thank you for being so honest and asking for permission to use our stuff. Many people got an individual permission to use our stock for commercial artwork and were asked to donate a few points to our stock account in return. This worked out so well! We decided to open our stock for limited commercial usage now, you don't need to ask us via private message but we ask you to donate a small percentage of what you earned with artwork made from our stock - new rules see below.
So, if you plan to use our stock for commercial artworks: Feel free to use. Credit us in the comments/below the picture and please point out that you've paid for the commercial usage (e.g. Stock Used: [link] by LuDa-Stock, permission for commercial license through point donation). Donate a few points for our stock account (there's an option to donate points on our profile page).
IMPORTANT: We still don't want our stock to be reposted anywhere! Do not repost our photos on stock webpages se it for professional "wallpaper" or "poster" sale pages!
Free for uncommercial use as references and photomanips, free for print sales inside of dA, free for SIM games outside of dA. Photo must be edited somehow! Don't repost the original picture anywhere and claim it as your photo! Credit us! You may use our work for artwork that respects our rules and does not violate law or harm the personal rights of anyone who might be depicted on the stock photos. You must follow the rules of DA concerning unacceptable content help.deviantart.com/60/
That means in detail: Give proper credit: Please credit us - directly on your finished artwork or below in the description (e.g.: Stock Photo by: www.LuDa-Stock.deviantart.com)! Videos: place our name on the pictures or in the credits. This is a must! Never use our pictures without giving credit, otherwise it's a copyright infringement!Inside of dA, it's fine if you credit us in the artist's comments. Elsewhere you should credit us directly on the picture or nearby.
Private / uncommercial Artistic use Our stock pictures are free to use for personal artworks of any kind (prints, manipulations or drawings of our pictures. You're allowed to show your art to the world (on deviantart, twitter, facebook, own website...).
Why no commercial usage? We spent a lot of time (and money! Professional photo equipment is expensive!) to make our stock photos. We paid entrance fees to equine shows to make the pictures. We spent hours of editing. We do this mainly to support young artists to improve their skills. Sharing is caring. Share your artworks as well to help others. So please do not make profit out of our work!
Restricted Commercial use:
Traditional art (original piece sale): Stock is free to use (that's absolutely fine because you've spent hours of work to create your artwork. Even when you closely referenced our photos, you still have created your own, new artwork)! Multiplied digital painting (e.g. prints), photomanip commissions
Please donate some points to our stock account for each sold artwork made with our stock. For massive duplicates planned (>100), please contact us first (deviantArt prints are free with a big amount of artistic modification - replacing background, adjusting contrast/colors or replacing mane/tail IS NOT enough!)
How many points should I donate? It's up to you, depending on how much you earn from your sales and how much the stock picture influenced the artwork (for example: when you're using a horse photo for an exact 1:1 digital painting from it, then our stock picture influenced your artwork a lot. When you sell it for 2000 points, you could donate 100 points, that's 5%. When you're using a picture of a flower for decoration on a huge photomanipulation piece, then our stock photo is just a small puzzle piece in an artwork, when you sell it for 500 points, you could donate 5 points, that's 1%)
Use of the unedited Photo You are not allowed to use our stock in printed journals/magazines without our permission (-> if you're interested, please contact us), you are not allowed to use or offer our stock photos for money on any other stock providing website!
SIM Games (as howrse, Horse Eden Eventing): You are allowed to use our pictures for your own profile page as long you give credit to us. You are allowed to make Layouts and Profile Pictures with our pictures. You are allowed to use our stock to make horse designs like the 'Black Pearl', to earn SIM game money from them. You are allowed to make profile layouts for other SIM Gamers, as long they pay you with SIM game money. You are allowed to repost our unedited photos on your sim game profiles as long you give credit ON THE PHOTO (www.luda-stock.deviantart.com) You are not allowed to make Layouts, Black Pearl Designs and so on for REAL money!
Illustration for blog entries, journals, articles There were many cases in the past where people wrote articles/blog entries about equine subjects and used our photos to illustrate the topics. We are mainly a stock provider for artists so we provide our photos for artistic purposes. We do not want you to repost the original photos anywhere!
Since there are so many requests, we decided to allow the usage of our photos in some special cases. Note us if you want to use our photos we will decide from case to case. In any case, you will have to give credit to us!
When you see a Lu-Da-photo in a blog article without any credit, this is pretty sure unauthorized. Please note us so we can contact the blog owner.
If you're still uncertain if your way of using our art is okay, feel free to comment here or write a note
II. Do NOT under any circumstances repost the original human stock photos anywhere, do not link to them as the base for a discussion about their look, hairstyle, riding style or anything else concerning their privacy or personal rights . We provide riding pictures showing disharmonious situations. They are not there to blame the riders, they are there for artists to use as references in case they need to draw such a scene.The pictures may NOT be representive for the whole riding unit - they are just the most interesting snapshots for drawing and anatomy practice (by the way, we have "ugly" snapshots of almost any international rider, even from those who are known for their gentle riding style. Being captured in a bad phase can happen to every rider!).