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500px and Creative Commons

Published by Diana Tula · November 22nd 2012

For artists and creators, copyright is often a challenge because on one hand they want to protect their work and on the other they’d like it to spread.

Now you can do both with Creative Commons licensing attribution. Last week we have added Creative Commons licensing to 500px that gives our photographers more options to let others share and re-use their work. This opt-in program provides the 500px community with greater flexibility on usage, photo attribution and additional sharing opportunities.

The Creative Commons copyright licenses and tools forge a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates. Creative Commons tools give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work.

Visit 500px Creative Commons licensing page to see the latest photos added to Creative Commons. Search for photos under specific license using 500px Search. Or add a license to your photo and see where it could take you from there.

Would you like to add a license to your 500px photos?
You can change a license of any existing and new photos in the Organizer’s photo edit settings or look for the License Type drop down menu when uploading a photo. There are several licenses to chose from, ranging from standard Copyright to Attribution Creative Commons. For a full list and license descriptions read 500px Support article. Licenses can be revised by a photographer at any time.

500px Search, filtered by tag and license.

Individual photo page, CC license is shown below a photograph.

Creative Commons being part of 500px was just an idea brought up in a conversation during ChaseJarvis LIVE "The Future of Photo Sharing" episode and now it is reality. Let us know in the comments below what other great features you would like to see at 500px.


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Scott Santarromana  8 months ago
any update on adding this feature?
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Giordano Scuderi  over 1 year ago
Could be great to be able to choose a default license in settings, and a way to choose a default license in the lightroom plugin too.
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Will Szal  over 1 year ago
Thanks 500px! And I'd agree, a batch option some day would be good.
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Diana Tula  over 1 year ago
Hi Will,

Batch setting is now available. When Uploading photos, beside "EXIF DATA" press "USE THIS AS DEFAULT" and License setting that you chose will apply to all other photos you're uploading at that time.

Hope this helps!

Allana Mayer  over 1 year ago
Thanks, 500px! Glad to have the options. Choosing a default license in our account settings would be great, as would the ability to batch-edit the licenses on old photos.
Kamil Xabeeroff  over 1 year ago
Great, 500px
Dominic Dreier  over 1 year ago
Please also allow the download for free.
Lucid Strike  10 months ago
This. I'm usin' Flickr until 500px allows us to allow folks to download at the original size for free.
Karl Lindsay  over 1 year ago
Is there a way to change all your photos at once? That would be really handy!
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Kazuhiro Tsugita  over 1 year ago
Responding to Creative Commons is great. Also consider the corresponding plug-in Lightroom and how to change the license of an existing photo together.
Eneraldo Carneiro  over 1 year ago
A very bad, regretable move 500px. Unbelieveble that anybody still drink Lessig's Snake Oil...
Marcel Weiss  8 months ago
According to the other comments you're the only one here who thinks that choice is bad. Might want to think about that.

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I second the wishes for an option to change the default license for all future uploads.

Vian Esterhuizen  over 1 year ago
It would be nice if you could batch update photos and/or choose your default license when uploading photos.
Dominic Dreier  over 1 year ago
Thank you, guys!

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