Photo Licensing Information

All photographs, videos and audio recordings on this site are copyrighted Ⓒ Alexander S. Kunz, unless otherwise noted. All rights are reserved. Any usage outside of this site requires written permission or a valid license, obtained prior to usage of the work.

Commercial, Editorial & Non-Profit Usage

My photos are very specific to their locations, often highly localized, and unique. That makes them valuable to local businesses, art consultants, interior designers, etc. I offer very reasonable licensing rates with easily manageable licensing terms.

If you wish to license an image, please use the Contact Form and tell me which image you’re interested in. Provide as much information about the intended usage as possible to help me understand your requirements, including:

  • usage (branding, advertising, online, print, decorative, editorial…)
  • desired size for online usage or print
  • location of the image (front page, interior page, print brochure, cover)
  • geographic distribution of the material where you would like to use my work
  • additional uses (social media etc.)

For evaluation and layout purposes, I can also send you a (watermarked) review copy in full resolution in advance.

Environmental Organizations, Public Agencies & Good Causes

I will happily support your cause with discounted and very reasonable license fees to my photographs. Please contact me, tell me about your organization, and how you would like to use my photographs. In general, I do not license my images for political (unless also environmental), religious and/or military usage. If you’re uncertain, simply contact me and ask.

Private Usage

I’m generally friendly towards strictly private and non-commercial usage on personal websites, weblogs etc. (that means no monetization whatsoever, ie. no advertising on your site, no promotion of businesses and services, etc.), but these uses too require a license from me. Please do not use my photos without my written permission.

In order to help me evaluate your usage, I do need to know if, where and in what context you intend to use my photo(s), in order to decide whether I can grant a non-commercial license. Please be so kind and contact me.

If you have any further questions about obtaining prints of my photos and/or licenses to use them, please do not hesitate to contact me either.

Social Media

Social media sites require the uploader to grant them a broad license to the uploaded material. Obviously, no one else but me can grant such a license in the first place.

Even when you add credit, you are not doing me a favor when you try to “promote” my work through your social media presence: you are using my work without a license — and are also violating the terms of service (“TOS”) of most social media sites when you upload something that isn’t yours.

I will file so-called DMCA takedown requests for all material that has been uploaded to social media. To avoid a “copyright strike” against your account, please do not upload my photos to your social media account (profile, page, etc.) without my consent. If you are using my work on your social media presence and it is of a commercial nature (promoting a business, service, etc.) I will generally take legal action instead of merely filing a takedown request.

Copyright Infringement

Please respect creators and their copyright. Creative works found on the internet are not “automatically free for grabs”, and that includes my photographs.

My works are registered with the United States Copyright Office (USCO). I track usage of my images myself as well as through third party services, and I pursue copyright infringement through license recovery services and legal partners.

Violating copyright is not a trivial offense. Copyright infringement is strict liability. This means that you are legally responsible even in the absence of fault or criminal intent.

If you have been contacted by a license recovery service or legal partner on my behalf, I strongly suggest that you do not ignore those communications. Sole removal of my work that has been used without license will NOT resolve this issue. Begin to establish a professional conversation as soon as possible.