HOW TO USE MY STOCK
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(Update August 2012)

"I hereby grant all DeviantArtists permission to use my stock in any and all Deviant Prints without restriction."
Since I no longer have time to track and +fav every use of my stock, you are encouraged to post a link to your use of the stock on the comment area of each image, so others can see your work.

Email is the best/only way to reach me. Do not email me unless you are sure it's important! I am mjr@ranum.com

MY RULES ("'Do as thou will't shall be the whole of the law")

You are required to give me appropriate credit as photographer where and however possible. My stock is free; the way you 'pay' to use it is by crediting me. It doesn't need to be in big letters on the image, it can be in text or a link or in liner notes, or whatever - but it's your responsibility to acknowledge if my work contributes significantly to yours. If you post a link, I prefer it to be to my personal website ( www.ranum.com )  My real name is Marcus Ranum please use that instead of "mjranum" because I occasionally amuse myself for google image-searching for my name. :)

If you violate any of these rules or violate any of my copyrights you are prohibited entirely, forever, from using any of my stock in any way, shape, or form - commercially or otherwise. No appeals and no amount of begging will help; decisions are final.

You may use these images as you see fit except as follows:
1) If you can't read my rules, or can't be bothered to read my rules, or can't be bothered to find and read my rules, you are too lazy or illiterate to use my stock and are permanently banned from doing so. If you email me asking 'what are your rules' you are permanently banned from using my stock, unless I tell you otherwise.
2) You are required to give me appropriate credit as photographer where and however possible.
3) You are allowed to post works based on my stock in other places (RedBubble, Renderosity, Facebook, personal websites, contests, whatever) but please maintain a credit to me where appropriate and possible.
4) Do not simply upload my stock to a pay site; if you do that, you'll get a DMCA request from me and possibly I'll sue you for damages. These images are for photocompositors and artists; they are not to be used as content in and of themselves.
5) If you want to do something commercial with my stock, go ahead. Please don't tell me "I am thinking of doing something with your stock, what do you think?" because I can't tell you what I think of what you're going to do until you've done it. Go ahead and use the stock; unless you manage to do something shockingly awful I won't have a problem with it - and it takes a lot to shock me.
6) The models in my images are real human beings with real feelings. Please be considerate of how the models might see themselves and be thoughtful of their feelings. I consider comments like "she's too skinny" or "she's too fat" to be rude and you may be banned from using my stock if you make such remarks.
7) These images are mostly un-retouched - though they may be color-corrected - and are at high resolution. I did not go and remove dust-spots, skin blemishes, etc. Please clean that stuff up in post-work and make the models look good! Also: I do know how to produce a good photo; these are intended as raw stock.
8) I often forward copies of pictures to the models if they aren't on DA and have expressed an interest in seeing what you do with them. Some of the models may choose to repost your images noncommercially in their personal portfolios.
9) If you use my stock as a reference for a hand gesture or a fabric-fold or something like that, you do not need to credit me. Use your own judgement as to how important my stock's contribution was to your work.

If you have any questions; ask via Email.
If you ask me a question that is already answered here, I will not answer unless it's "See Rule #1"


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Update History:
(Update of Aug 2012)
- Removed the request to be notified of commercial use. New rule: "just go ahead"
- Added explanation at #9 regarding use as reference material
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Playing-at-God's avatar

You are very generous -thankyou!

llyaas's avatar
llyaasHobbyist

hello! thank you so much for your stock! i used it here :

pretty girl, but tiny
telmamalandi's avatar
telmamalandiHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for share i use here your beauty stock

www.deviantart.com/telmamaland…
LucaBlok's avatar
LucaBlok Digital Artist
Respeto mucho tu trabajo. Eres generoso y con todo gusto sigo tus reglas.
De una y otra manera siempre acabo en tu galería. Es excepcional.
Muchas gracias!
drb52's avatar

Thank you Marcus I will credit you if I use any of your stock. Happy NewYear!

aakash47's avatar

Read and in agreement. Thanks for the amazing stock images 🙏🙏

Intoxii's avatar
IntoxiiHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for providing these will be sure to follow all rules 😁✌
TheSteveIrwinFan6836's avatar
TheSteveIrwinFan6836Hobbyist General Artist
I read it and I will abide by the rules. I used your space cadet 15 image for this right here: Rescue Mission
MLHadassah's avatar
MLHadassahHobbyist General Artist
Read and in agreement.
Thanks for the amazing stock images! 
Gantahat62's avatar
Gantahat62Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
pedromorillas's avatar
pedromorillasHobbyist Digital Artist
Usado aquí Painting in project
rocheleheart10's avatar
rocheleheart10Hobbyist Writer
thanks  mj
brave66's avatar
brave66Student Digital Artist
thanks

attar-khoje's avatar
Lot of Love for you and your friends ....!!!
PhotoArtMedia's avatar
Hello:
I did as you asked and credited your website on my page.   See 
Three Ballet Dancers in an Exercise Hall by PhotoArtMedia. I did use the above image as one of the elements of my production.  Thank you for use of your stock image.
rocheleheart10's avatar
rocheleheart10Hobbyist Writer
okie
WrittenRuse's avatar
If your work is being used for commercial purposes, do you require payment?
QuotePilgrim's avatar
QuotePilgrimHobbyist Digital Artist
While I can see that some uses of the stock photos could be seen as copyright infringement, using it as a pose reference for a drawing/painting, which is like 99% of the use cases, is absolutely not. People are well within their rights not to credit you in these cases, and you have literally zero legal grounds to demand being credited, and "banning" people from using them.

Yes, reuploading the photos elsewhere is pretty bad, as is selling them, and making a painting that looks too much like the original photo is most likely copyright infringement. Everything else is fair game.

Oh, and don't worry about "banning" me from using your photos, I have no intention of using them, ever. I only use resources made by people with a decent understanding of how copyright actually works.

BTW I'm here because I found one of your pictures somewhere else, uncredited, but you know what? After reading this and thinking about it, I decided against telling you where it was. 
Pomdpin's avatar
PomdpinHobbyist Traditional Artist
Cause being a normal nice human being is too much to ask right ? Writing 5 little words such as "references from marcus ranum stock" is soooo complicated.
Don't be an asshole and credit the guy, seriously, it costs you literally nothing to do it --'
QuotePilgrim's avatar
QuotePilgrimHobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think you understand what the issue is. I would gladly mention the photographer of a photo I used as a reference if said photo was a prominent feature of the work I used it in. That has literally nothing to do with what I was talking about, though.

First of all, I'd like to mention that I have absolutely never (knowingly) used one of his photographs as a reference, and honestly knowing about his terms of use, I would just refuse to ever use them (not that he would care anyway). Now that that's been made clear, the issue that Ranum is trying to claim ownership over something that he absolutely does not own, which are the poses of the models in his photograph. He literally holds no copyrights over that and therefore, as I already said, is in no position to "ban" people from using his photographs as reference without crediting him. It is everyone's legal right to use these poses in any way they want without being forced to "credit the author" (no one can be the author of a particular pose) if they so desire.

So, if someone uses substantial parts of one of his photographs, including many elements beyond just the pose of the model, sure, they have to abide by his terms. However, if all one uses is the pose itself, they are well within their rights not to credit him if they don't want to, and Ranum is in no position to demand being credited.

And besides, it costs me literally nothing to do it? I'm sorry, but I disagree, it costs me crediting someone for something they don't own, which is not only strictly against my moral code, I'm fairly sure it's also against the law.

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note: I did notice while I was writing this you've deactivated your account. I may be wrong but I am going to assume you did so because you didn't want to see my reply. Anyway I have decided to post it regardless in the off chance you might see it. And besides, other people might stumble upon this, so I'd like them to see my reply.
AATheOne's avatar
AATheOneHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing and the high res!!!!! credit ofc!
BOONTAKHAN's avatar
Can I use in Youtube...........
Give credit for my artwork
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