Questions about registration
This FAQ answers questions about the registration process and content on the site.
- Can I license an image from independent production?
The BBC does not hold the reights to images from independent productions. You should contact the relevant independent production company to discuss licensing.
- What images will I find on the site?
You will find a full range of BBC copyright images selected from the BBC's Photo Archives and reflecting BBC programme output, key staff and talent as well as BBC premises and operations.
- Do I have to pay to use BBC photos?
Yes, a reproduction fee based on your licence requirements will be charged when you download hi-res photos from the site. Watermarked browse copies are available free of charge.
- Who can use the Photo Library?
The BBC Photo Library offers BBC copyright photos for sale for editorial use on a business to business basis. The photos are not available to members of the public for private use. During the registration process you will be asked for your company or organisation's details.
- Will I have to pay VAT?
UK customers will have to pay VAT and will be asked to include their VAT number as part of registration.
EU customers outside of the UK will not have to pay VAT but will be asked to include their VAT number as part of registration.
Non-EU customers will not have to pay VAT.
- How do I confirm usage?
To complete your license for individual photos you will be asked to confirm the specific usage details (e.g. ISBN, title etc.) at the point of purchase. During registration, you need to provide some background details on how you intend to use photos purchased from the BBC Photo Library, this information will be used to see if your registration is suitable for access to the website in line with our Terms & Conditions.
- Can I set up an account?
There are two methods of using this site. Regular customers of the site will be given the opportunity to become account customers. Customers who use the site on an irregular and ad hoc basis are able to pay by credit card. The BBC Photo Sales site accepts payment by the following credit cards: Visa Credit, Mastercard, visa Debit, Visa Electron, UK Maestro, JCB, V Pay. We cannot accept payment by American Express.
- My company already has an account. Do I need to register as well?
Yes. All individual customers have to register. During the registration process you will be able to add your name to your company account.
- How quickly will I know if my registration has been successful?
We aim to reply within two working days, using the email you supplied in your registration.