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Canva acquires two free stock photo libraries

Australia based design and publishing platform Canva has acquired free stock photo libraries Pexels and Pixabay, and launched of Photos Unlimited, a new “Netflix-style” subscription model for more affordable paid stock photography.

Melanie Perkins, CEO and cofounder at Canva said that with the rise of design literacy, people needed more options for stock content to suit their needs.

“We believe everyone should have access to great design ingredients for their visuals; this is why free content will always play a central role in Canva’s vision of democratizing design. Together with Pexels and Pixabay, we’ll be able to help people discover a whole new world of amazing, fresh content. With over 1 million images downloaded over 500 million times on their platforms combined, both Pexels and Pixabay have proven that there is a huge demand for free, quality content from small businesses, social media marketers and others — not just from designers and companies with big budgets.”

• Content from Pexels and Pixabay will be discoverable in Canva, and completely free under a Creative Commons CC0 licence.

The new Photos Unlimited subscription offers 50/50 revenue share with their contributors

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