Terms of Use


Carnaticography.com makes its images available to artists who are the subject of the image. Each artist may download and use the images in which they appear at no cost and with very few restrictions. All we ask is that you not resell or redistribute the image, download or use any image that does not include you in the image, make more than 10000 copies of the image, grant rights for any others to use the image. We also respectfully ask that you give a credit, when possible, to carnaticography.com or the photographer.
We live in a litigious world and there is no getting away from long and wordy agreements. So here are the details

Site Usage Agreement

By using this site and/or downloading any material, you agree to be bound by this Agreement. This agreement applies to you and, if you are using this web site on your client’s behalf, to you and all your clients. We reserve the right to change this agreement at any time without further notice. We reserve the right to update and/or change our pricing structure as needed including but not limited to changes based on our community, imagery database or market trends. Your use of the site will be subject to the most current version posted on the site at the time of your use. By using this site or downloading, uploading or using any images listed under the carnaticography.com domain you agree to be bound by this Agreement. Should you disagree with anything stated here please discontinue your use of the site and erase all data you have downloaded. Where carnaticography has provided you with a translation of the English language version of the page or site’s functionalities, then you agree that the translation is provided for your convenience only and that the English language versions of the Terms will govern your relationship with carnaticography. If there is any contradiction between the English language version and its translation in a different language, then the English language version shall take precedence.

Use of this site

This site is owned and operated by carnaticography. All images and related informational materials in any medium provided by carnaticography hereunder, including related text, captions, or information (collectively referred to as Images) are owned by Carnaticography.com and by our image providers (photographers), members of our community. All Images are protected by US and international copyright laws.

This site contains both Images that depict a visible watermark (Watermarked Images) and Images that do not contain a visible watermark (Non-Watermarked Images). Carnaticography.com allows you to search for, view, and use Watermarked Images only as permitted below. If you have registered for a Carnaticography.com account and Carnaticography.com has approved your registration, you may be able to access Non-Watermarked Images, which shall be used only as permitted below. Carnaticography.com reserves the right to revoke your authorization to view, download and use the Images and information available on this site at any time, and you agree to immediately discontinue your such use upon written notice from Carnaticography.com. All rights not specifically granted under this Agreement are reserved to Carnaticography.com. Additionally, we do not allow the use of automated software or other crawling techniques for searching our web site and/or retrieve Images or related information.
Carnaticography.com may immediately revoke all licenses granted to you without notice if you fail to comply with any provision of this agreement. If a license is revoked, you agree to immediately stop using this site and the Images, delete all Images and all copies from all media and destroy all other copies. Your use of this site and any Images shall comply with all applicable law. Carnaticography.com may restrict or remove your access to this site at any time, or restrict or remove the use of any Image for any reason, and may replace the Image with another Image, and you agree to immediately discontinue all use of the Image upon notification from Carnaticography.com.

Despite our best efforts to provide accurate information, this site may contain technical or other mistakes, inaccuracies or typographical errors. Additionally, this site and any Images may include historically and culturally important images and text that may contain subjects that reflect the social attitudes and circumstances of a particular time or location. You should be aware that your search may display results containing content that may seem inappropriate to its context, or text that could be potentially offensive. You are solely responsible for determining whether your use of any Image requires the consent of any third party or the license of any additional rights, and you should not rely solely on the information provided by Carnaticography.com or its members. If you are unsure whether additional third-party rights are needed for your use, you are responsible for consulting with competent rights management professionals or legal counselors.
Carnaticography.com makes reasonable efforts to comply with and solve all issues regarding potential copyrights and trademarks available on the US and international market. While the responsibility for the images uploaded is entirely on the photographer’s side, he/she being the one who holds all copyrights over the content submitted, we do our best to identify and solve any copyright or trademark infringements.?If you have found a file that represents such an infringement please notify us, in order that we may take the appropriate measures.


Children (persons under the age of 18) are not eligible to use this site unsupervised and we ask that children do not register for an account or submit any personal information to us. By using this site unsupervised, and/or registering for an account, you warrant that you are 18 years of age or older.?

Acknowledgements, Representations, and Warranties

By using the Website or any other of Our services, You thereby affirmatively acknowledge, represent, and warrant the truth and accuracy of each of the following statements:

a. Carnaticography.com provides access to an online service comprising information and materials created and posted by You and other users.

b. Images on the Website that are available for license are stored on Carnaticography.com’s servers at the direction of Carnaticography.com’s users.

c. Any modification of Images uploaded by Carnaticography.com’s users, such as the addition of a Carnaticography.com watermark, is performed by an automated process. Accordingly, as the Contributor is aware that such modifications shall take place automatically upon upload, the Contributor shall be deemed the party responsible for such automatic modification and shall be considered the “author” of such automatically modified Image. Carnaticography.com is not responsible for modifications that occur to Images as part of its automatic posting process.

d. Any review of uploaded Images that may be performed by Carnaticography.com before making such Images available to the public is cursory and only intended to identify immediately obvious violations of these Terms. Accordingly, and despite any such gate keeping, the Contributor uploading an Image shall be deemed the party at whose direction that Image resides on Carnaticography.com’s servers.

e. Carnaticography.com has never directed, and never will direct, its users to upload Images that infringe upon any right belonging to a third party. Uploading Images that infringe on third-party rights constitutes a direct and material violation of these express Terms and will subject the uploading Contributor’s account to suspension and/or termination, where appropriate.

f. Carnaticography.com correctly presumes that the Contributor uploading an Image is the sole holder of all exclusive rights to that Image, except where the Image alone bears some obvious indication to the contrary, such as a visible proprietary marking identifying a Person other than the Contributor as the exclusive rights holder.

g. Where an Image has no obvious proprietary marking that indicates an exclusive owner, Carnaticography.com cannot be deemed to have actual knowledge that the Image infringes upon any third party’s rights.

h. In collecting license fees on behalf of Contributors, and retaining a portion of those license fees, Carnaticography.com does not derive a direct financial benefit from any particular Image. carnaticography.com’s only direct financial benefit comes from operating its Website, which allows Contributors to market their Images to potential license purchasers. Contributors are the only parties receiving a direct financial benefit from their creation and uploading of Images for licensing by Carnaticography.com’s users.

i. Carnaticography.com has no right or ability to control the activities of Contributors who create and upload images to the Website. In the event that a Contributor infringes upon a third party’s rights by creating or uploading an image, that Contributor is the sole responsible party for such infringement, and Carnaticography.com has no control over such activity.

j. Apart from identifying an obvious proprietary marking in an Image that indicates an exclusive owner, Carnaticography.com has no other ability to determine whether the rights appurtenant to a particular Image may belong to a party other than the uploading Contributor. As its only other means of identifying Images that may infringe upon a third party’s rights, Carnaticography.com relies entirely on properly presented notifications from third parties claiming that their rights have been violated.

Use of Watermarked Images

Images include without limitation all digital images and any related textual information (including captions and credits). Images include visibly or electronically watermarked and reduced resolution Images (Non-Watermarked or Watermarked Images) or higher resolution non-watermarked Images (Non-Watermarked Images).?Conditional upon your compliance with this Agreement, Carnaticography.com grants you a limited license to download Watermarked Images solely for evaluating/comping whether you wish to purchase a license to the Non-Watermarked Image according to the Standard Terms and Conditions applicable to your use. You may not use a Watermarked Image in any final materials distributed within your company or any materials distributed outside of your company or to the public or in any online or other electronic distribution system. You may not modify, alter, or remove any visible or electronic watermark, or disassemble, reverse engineer, or decompile any Image. Except for this limited, internal testing and sample use, Carnaticography.com grants you no other rights, and you may not distribute, sublicense or make available for use or distribution any Watermarked Image.

Registering For A Carnaticography.com Account

To obtain access to our images as well as upload any images, you have to apply for a Carnaticography.com account and you agree to provide complete, true and accurate information. Carnaticography.com reserves sole discretion over whether to grant you an account, and you agree to access the authorized sections of the web site and your account only by using the account number and password supplied to you by Carnaticography.com. Our privacy policy can be reviewed at the following link.??You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account number and/or password, if applicable, and you shall not distribute this access information or allow others to use this access information to gain access to this site. You agree to take reasonable steps to prevent others from obtaining your access information and to notify Carnaticography.com of any unauthorized access or need to update or remove access for any of your employees or agents. You shall be liable for payment for all Images downloaded by others using your account, with or without your permission or knowledge prior to the time that you notify Carnaticography.com of any unauthorized use. You agree that you shall not acquire any rights of use, ownership, or bailment as a result of using any Carnaticography.com account or web site or related services. ?At anytime, you may request your account access to be restricted, but Carnaticography.com reserves the right to delay your request until all requirements of this Agreement are met. Only accounts without any activity related to the site’s services or products, can be permanently deleted. Accounts with activity will be blocked and archived on our servers for further reference. Access to these accounts is limited and provided only to a part of the Carnaticography.com admin staff, for legal purposes.
After acquiring a credits package or subscription, you can download images using various licenses available on our site. These licenses are awarded to the account owner (person or organization). This is a one-person license and can be used only by the account owner for his/her own projects or clients and cannot be transmitted or transferred to another party. If the image is to be used by more users, then an Extended License will be required.
None of these images may be resold or redistributed by any means, or made available for redistribution or resale by a third party without Carnaticography.com’s separate written consent.

Royalty-Free License

What Royalty-Free means is that you pay for or download the image only once and then you can use it as many times as you like, with a few restrictions. There are no license fees except the initial fee and no other royalties to be paid except those included in the initial cost, if any. Note that the maximum number of copies for printed materials is 10000 copies.
The Royalty-Free license is granted ONLY for the non-watermarked image; all the other versions (small watermarked and non-watermarked thumbnails which are visible on the public site) are entirely copyrighted.
The free files downloaded from the Free Photos section may be used in commercial projects under our limited Royalty Free license and according to our terms and conditions. This is a one-person license and is given to you as an artist whose image it is or your employee (client) or any employed persons.

Royalty- Free License of use of Non-Watermarked Images and Restrictions

The high-resolution images that you download under the regular Royalty Free license may be used to make fine art prints, on a web site, in a magazine, newspaper, book or booklet, book cover, flyer, application software (apps) or any other advertising and promotional material, in either printed or electronic media, as long as the item in which the image appears does not contradict any of the restrictions below. The list is not exhaustive and if you have any uncertainty regarding the use of the images in a correct way please email us.
Web templates, greeting cards or postcards especially designed for sale, similar print-on-demand services, canvas, t-shirts, mugs, calendars, postcards, mouse pads or any other items incorporating the image in an essential manner, intended to be sold are considered redistribution (if the image is used in an essential manner). The use of Carnaticography.com images for these purposes under the regular Royalty Free license is not permitted. It is also forbidden to make the image available on a website for download (as wallpapers for example), although you may use the image in a concept in as many websites as you want, for any number of clients. For Web use, you must not use the image at a width exceeding 800 pixels unless it is included in your site’s design. If the image is part of a design and manipulated accordingly, the image width can be higher than 800 pixels.

If you use the images for printed materials, the number of copies must not exceed 10000. You may modify the images in any way required for reproduction, or include them in your own personal creations.
Buying the high-resolution image (purchasing the license) does not transfer the copyright. You may not claim that the image is your own and you may not sell, license for use, or in any way distribute the image for reuse. We ask that you credit carnaticography.com every time the image is used.

Limited Royalty Free Licenses for using images downloaded for free and without payment

Carnaticography.com offers a free downloads to the subject of each image. Its use may be available to all registered users or to a specific niche of members, depending on the our strategy. The high resolution images downloaded from the free section may be used under the terms mentioned for the regular Royalty Free license, with a single additional restriction: the maximum amount of copies is limited to 10,000 copies.