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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

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 ( )  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"

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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MLHadassah Featured By Owner Edited Feb 1, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Read and in agreement.
Thanks for the amazing stock images! 
Gantahat62 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pedromorillas Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Usado aquí Painting in project
rocheleheart10 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
thanks  mj
brave66 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Student Digital Artist

attar-khoje Featured By Owner May 4, 2018
Lot of Love for you and your friends ....!!!
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 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
WrittenRuse Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017
If your work is being used for commercial purposes, do you require payment?
QuotePilgrim Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017  Hobbyist 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 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018  Hobbyist 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 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 29, 2018  Hobbyist 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.

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.
ORDINARYLQ Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017
AATheOne Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing and the high res!!!!! credit ofc!
BOONTAKHAN Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2017
Can I use in Youtube...........
Give credit for my artwork
ImaraOfNeona Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017
Ah okay. I'm so sorry that I didn't read the rules earlier. 
SigiTurtle Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017   General Artist
Awesome stocks and perfect rules. Thank you very much :heart:
Space-between-spaces Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've checked out your rules and I find them perfectly acceptable. There is only one picture that I currently wish to use but I feel I might find your works very useful in the future and look forward to improving my works with them.
darkKiell Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
_alrite  then_``~...
TheBigTricky Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, really awesome putting all these images for free. A true gent.
Alexander-X Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017
It's still not clear if your stock can be used for commercial work as in for an ebook, cover etc without any repercussions.

Do you require any royalties in this case? Or how does it work? Thanks.
bburns2 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pendragon-Arts Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Nice quote from Crowley there and thanks!!!
dinobot100 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist… I flipped one of your "Suspense" stocks on its head for this.
Tanatos83 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used one of your photo here -…
Thank you!
kirvisual Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016
Dear Mr.Ranum
Thank you for your works!
I use yor works for airsoft-game-studio website.
sajudevnmax Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
sajudevnmax Featured By Owner Edited Sep 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Stelliferous-Sky Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016
Thanks. :) I used it here:
CharllieeArts Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Loedart Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!!! This photo is the use here:…
MrCarnyfex Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I used your Space Cadet Stock here: Epic Space Quest: Solar Flare

Thank you very much for providing it with us! :)
Iayko Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used here. Thank you very much!…
Aeretic77 Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used here. Thank you for sharing your stock…
Vendetta-Vida Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016
lapanlima Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i used here your skull stock here : Gabrielle by Bedult
thank you
Flame-of-the-Moon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016  Student Digital Artist
spescarus Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi Marcus, excellent stock. I use you stock Fairy S -13 here:
Aquarium by spescarus  
BrainDeadDork Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Used one of your stock for a pose. Thank you a ton!…
Mvicen Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
Thanks for sharing , I used this resource here:Virtual seasons in space by Mvicen  
abdesta Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Hi,  just a note to let you know I used your stock image titled samurai schoolgirl E-2 here…

lillomoraes Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used here:…
Thank you so much!
I would not have done without your help.
Mynameisseb1 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015
I made a piece of one of your pieces :) - Thanks!…
AtraAngel Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
Used here:…

Credit issued
CrystalE86 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Hi im used ty
toxigraphx Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used your stock here : The fairy by toxigraphx
Thank You :)
Bblythe369 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 20, 2015  Professional Photographer
I used your stock in here:
Thanks !  :rose:   

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Bblythe369 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Professional Photographer
thank you for not only providing a great service, but great quality as well!  :rose:
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