500px Shocker: Photographers Only Get 30% of the Image License with their new Commercial Licensing program
Apple has come under fire for getting 30% of the digital sales made using its iOS app store. Wait until you hear what 500px wants as its "marketplace share" - 70% of the sale! Let's start from the beginning.
500px is launching a new commercial licensing service, Prime. Licenses start at $250 or higher. Participating photographers will only get 30% of the license. Yes, the ones who did the work, they get 30%. The ones who provide the infrastructure, they get 70%. This is very crystal clear in their blog post announcing this:
" We are giving you, the photographer, 30% for every one of your images that we license. It doesn’t matter how it is bought, who buys it, or under what license, your 30% comes off the top."
This development is discussed by many surprised photographers in the 500px blog post comments section.