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  1. Angelika Ranger

    Hi,
    this reminds me, I wanted to ask you a writerly question. I’m in the process of making some covers for novels I want to sell on Amazon kindle. I know you make your own cover art (and your books all look great), so I was wondering if you could tell me about the copyright part. Can I get free photos of people on the internet, or is there always some licencing you have to pay? I’ve googled on this and got confused by the fine print.

    Btw, I loved Dirty Laundry and I want the next one in the series RIGHT NOW!

    1. Ah, copyright. I actually was going to post a long thing about that but then had to really think about how it would be structured. *nods*

      Your best best for photos…cost wise are
      dreamtime: http://www.dreamstime.com/
      istock: istock.com
      graphic leftovers: http://graphicleftovers.com/

      although bigstock has some things… they’re a bitch to search through. http://www.bigstockphoto.com/

      shutterstock is also decent: http://www.shutterstock.com/

      copyright. Okay… here’s where it is stick. There are two types of photos: Royalty free and rights managed. DO NOT USE RIGHTS MANAGED if you can. Really, it just fucks up things because of licenses in the long run. Too many moving parts. Royalty free means that you can buy the photo and use it. Plain and simple.

      now… licenses. You have a standard license, which is probably what you’ll choose or an extended license which covers the use of the photo on a larger scale.

      A quick breakdown of a standard license is you can’t use the photo for something that will be produced more than 250,000 times. You also can’t use it on a tshirt or merchandise with the intention of selling it… like of cafepress or zazzle. You can use it on a website, posters, and covers, bookmarks and anything else author related providing you don’t create more than 1,000. If you need more than that, buy an extended license.

      You also can’t pass yourself off as the creator of the image but you don’t have to credit the site everywhere.

      Now these change from site to site but really, it’s pretty standard.

      Now there are copyright free images available but a lot of sites do a bait and switch on you. Morguefile however is pretty clean and simple. They are a sister site to shutterstock and dreamstime but the photos there are free and provided by the photographers. Usually those photogs don’t need/want credit but would like to see how stuff is being used just for feedback.

      http://www.morguefile.com/

      That’s pretty much the quick and dirty of it. Definitely read the licenses…and oh, we won’t go into Creative Commons. 😀

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