500px Removes Marketplace, Takes Away Licensing Under Creative Commons

500px Removes Marketplace, Takes Away Licensing Under Creative Commons

Major changes are happening at 500px. The photo-sharing platform is to cease permitting photographers to license their photos under a Creative Commons license, effective July 1. Announcing the news, 500px also shut down its stock photo subsidiary, 500px Marketplace.

Creative Commons licenses have been the subject of many recent debates, with the rise of sites such as Pexels and Unsplash seeing thousands of photographers offering up their images for free usage, in return for “credit.”

In removing 500px Marketplace, the company instead introduced 500px partners — namely Getty and Visual China Group, the latter of whom acquired 500px back in February — stating the partnership as “part of a strategic repositioning of 500px’s network of contributors and the licensable content they submit to 500px.” More about that can be found on the website’s FAQ

This is but one of a number of changes for the platform this year along. Despite boasting over 13 million users, the company has no plans to move across all pre-existing images from 500px Marketplace. What’s more, users won’t be able to save or even search for them either. Speaking to The Verge, a 500px spokesperson commented: “There may be an opportunity to integrate Creative Commons back into our platform in the future.”

Naturally, the swift change ruffled a few feathers, with some Twitter users baffled at such a drastic U-turn being rolled out seemingly overnight.

Photographers using 500px will have the option to select royalty-free 500px license, meaning images can be licensed through Getty and VCG.

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Matthew Saville's picture

Because helping photographers make money is SO passe...

Jen Photographs's picture

Any chance of other CC sites hopping on the boat and doing the same?

Also, what does this mean for websites that already downloaded and used CC pictures?

Nat Nichols's picture

hmmmm... you can't save, you can't search, and the[ir] terms of service could possibly shift like sand... enter the stock company... does anyone smell 'rights grab'?

Gil N's picture

Oh well, I'm deleting my account today. It's just getting worse every time they make an annoucement.

Leigh Miller's picture

deleted my account quite awhile ago...ditto for Flickr except for a few pages.

The five people still using 500px are gonna be PISSED

It's a platform that asks at least 36 USD/a for access to "My Liked Photos". I'm not sure if anything that came after that decision could be considered worse or dumber.

Alex Dylikowski's picture

500px was a place that is McDonald for photography. I liked the idea of curated 1x more, but they also screwed their service. Anyways, I am not the target audience for mass photography market, I am inspired by curated fine-art images.

Studio 403's picture

You can always depend on communist/dictator country to legally take away photographers freedoms. Regardless if you like or hate the President Trump. My perception is he is working to help us all. The Chinese do not want a level playing field. Grateful our Government is pushing back on Chinese warlords.

You need to get your perception glasses checked. They're not working.