03-02-2012 08:14 AM
I've just had a reply from Rex Features - a reputable photographic press agency. They have been going for fifty years or so and regularly supply the UK papers here with photos.
Anyway, for me to use one of their copyright owned Kate Bush pictures, such as
without the watermarks or copyright banner of course, would only cost me £125+vat for the front cover or £50 + vat for an inner page.
I say 'only' as I honestly thought it would be £300, £400, maybe even a £1000 for a picture deemed to be exceptionally good!
Now, some thinking to do. I actually like my book cover at the moment, but of course, I see the appeal to the consumer if I could use a picture of Kate Bush that has not been previously used as a book cover (it would appeal to me too).
03-02-2012 11:02 AM
03-02-2012 11:37 AM
Yes, twice, but I have received no reply yet.
Today I have emailed Ladybird books for the third time and Egmont (who now own the rights to 'Whizzer & Chips', previously published by Fleetway / IPC but Egmont bought them out in the mid nineties) for the second time.
Hope that this time I will get a reply.
03-02-2012 01:30 PM
I am not a lawyer
But my understanding - and what I was told by the lawyers for the publishers of my first (commercially published) book was that if you take the photo yourself its OK.
Otherwise you couldn't use a picture of someone reading abook, or a picture of someone infront of a bookshelf, and those sort of pictures appear all the time in newspapers and magazines.
Its clear its a picture of an old book/magazine. Its not the same as using the entire cover image of the old book as the cover image for your book
Just go ahead, Riaz.
03-02-2012 02:19 PM
03-02-2012 05:36 PM
Several galleries sell pictures with the licence to use them for your book covers for an average price of $10.
The photographs of celebrities are a different matter.