One of the things I’ve noticed in many online groups where book cover designers hang out is that a lot of people haven’t been exposed to very much information about what kinds of images can and can’t be used on a book cover. So I thought I’d lay out some of the basics. Note, I am not a copyright lawyer, nor do I play one on TV. But I have been designing for more than 25 years and doing mostly book covers for almost 10. I’ve studied copyright, and I review images for one of the major stock sites. So I know a thing or two. But, still, you all know not to take my words as legal advice, right? Good. So, we can move along then. 😉 (more…)
I’d like to take a look at what I think is the biggest pitfall authors face, especially if they are not hiring a professional to design a book cover for them. Though many authors don’t appear to know, there’s one thing to bear in mind. COPYRIGHT is LAW!
Photos and Pictures and art are all automatically copyrighted. (see #2 & #3)
Here are 5 important things you need to think about when it comes to copyright.
1. Assume everything is copyrighted by someone. Absolutely nothing is available for you to use for free or without permission, unless *specifically* stated by the copyright holder. (more…)