Corbis Launches ‘OnDemand: Royalty-Free’ Subscriptions

Posted on 11/8/2011 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

In an effort to give volume customers a better deal and compete with Getty’s Premium Access and Thinkstock programs Corbis Images has launched a new Royalty-Free (RF) subscription service that offers customers easy access to more than one million RF images at greatly discounted prices. The service, called ‘OnDemand: Royalty-Free’ is available to all customers to help solve their creative storytelling needs.
Packages start as low as $5.40 per digital-ready image, and $27.20 per print- and digital-ready images. If you purchase more images than the number allotted in your package, you’ll only be charged the existing contract rate. You also have the option to increase your savings by renegotiating your contract.

It appears from the information available on the Corbis web site that there are no fixed prices for a fixed number of images per day, or per month, and that everything is negotiable. It is unclear how much a monthly subscription might cost, but since most subscription plans at their competitors are in the range of $250 per month that could mean that the customer might need to contract to use something in the range of 46 images a month to get the best price.

The new, flexible Corbis OnDemand: Royalty-Free subscription service means customers can enter into an agreement based on the number of monthly downloads they require, desired length of agreement and whether web resolution or both web and high-resolution images are licensed. Once a subscription is set up, customers will be able to access and license images from a broad collection of over one million RF images. Corbis OnDemand: Royalty-Free also includes premium content, such as Corbis’ popular Fancy collection, a versatile and highly art-directed collection.
"Creative professionals typically spend a significant amount of time finding and purchasing the right image, tying up vital resources in the process,” said John Cosley, Vice President of Marketing for Corbis. “Our new plan now means creatives can quickly access and download from a large collection of quality images through Corbis’ OnDemand: Royalty-Free. With our flexible terms and ability to change packages at any time, we are providing options to fit any budget or customer need.”

Subscribers to Corbis’ OnDemand: Royalty-Free service will receive renewal notices and assistance managing their download activity through the new, user-friendly online order history page. Meanwhile, image licenses last one-year from the download date.
For more information on pricing customers must call 800-260-0444 and speak with a Corbis representative or email fnyrf@pbeovf.pbz.

Copyright © 2011 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to:  


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