Found my photo on a book cover!

posted on 20th of november, 2010

Every now and then I will do a tineye search on some of my photos. I was recently surprised to find that one my photos was used on a book cover!

My Cowboy in Dawn Light

photo was used along with a few others to make a collage. It is very thrilling to find artwork in use like this, but I do have a few questions.

If it was just my photo alone would they have to have purchased an extended license in order to use it? Does the fact that they use it in a collage change that? I noticed that there is a credit given to an artist for the cover art with her copyright, but there is no mention of the source of the photos or the photographer’s names.

I imagine this is all the legal way of doing book cover art, but what are the rules on this? I seem to remember reading that if a photo took up so much space, like more than half of the cover, then the original artist had to be given credit, does that sound familiar?

Anyway, I plan to order the book to have for a memento, even though it looks like a pretty racy plot! Here is the link to it if you are interested in taking a peek: [link=http://www.amazon.com/Cattle-Valley-Vol-Sweet-Topping/dp/1906590346/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_a[/link]

Comments (26)

Posted by Lfmpereira on November 19, 2011
Thats awsome. i always imagined that someone would find one of their images. Congrats. ;)
Posted by Wowmom10 on November 19, 2011
Which licenes do i need to use a sky in a composite for the cover of a small soft cover book? and where do I make notation of the photograher of that sky? Want to do this right.
Posted by SakisPagonas on December 05, 2010
Congratulations! It is very gratifying to see a your own photo to be used in a professional job.
Posted by FabioConcetta on December 05, 2010
Congratulations :)
Posted by Pondshots on December 02, 2010
Thanks everyone for your comments! I received the book and it looks great. I am a bit concerned about what types of 'tailored' email I will be getting from Amazon now. I should have written to the author and asked for a complimentary (signed) copy as I read that someone else had done. maybe I should still do that! What do you think? :-)
Posted by P-squared on November 29, 2010
Congratulations Laura! It looks great and plays a prominent element in the whole design so I'd love to hear the results of your research. That shot has always been one of my favorites in your port.
Posted by Bluwarrior on November 22, 2010
Can imagine that was a great surprise for you! But would be nice if you also had a credit for your photo...mmh (just thinking...about issues of authorship...) . Cheers
Posted by Moonb007 on November 22, 2010
A big congrats.

I found an image also on a book of mine, but I think it was bought as just a high res image. They book was only available as digital option though, no printing.
Posted by BCritchley on November 22, 2010
That's brilliant, congratulations, you must be thrilled :-) Book could be an interesting read ;-) eeeek
Posted by Realman09 on November 22, 2010
Кредит на покупку недвижимости, Купить жилье
Posted by Darwinsm81 on November 22, 2010
Congrats !! must be an incredible feeling!!
Posted by Agau on November 22, 2010
Posted by Kbkgraphx on November 21, 2010
Congrats, bet you never thought of "Brokeback Mountain" when you shot that, but judging by the first page of the book... oh my!
Posted by Laurasinelle on November 21, 2010
Posted by Rosedarc on November 21, 2010
Nice that Tineye could spot it, congratulations! Hope you have fun reading the book!
Posted by Scottysally2 on November 21, 2010
Congratulations! :)
Posted by smartview27 on November 21, 2010
Posted by Cristalloid on November 21, 2010
Posted by Littledesire on November 21, 2010
Congrats! :)
Posted by Bradcalkins on November 21, 2010
Nice find!
Posted by Mariaam on November 21, 2010
Great! Congratulations!!!
Posted by Stephenuk on November 21, 2010
Posted by Eclecticelegance on November 21, 2010
Congrats!!! :)
Posted by Kimren on November 21, 2010
Congratulations ! ,
Posted by Arim44 on November 20, 2010
Congratulations ! ,great image, too bad that you didn't get a credit.
Posted by Mani33 on November 20, 2010
Congratulations your finding!

About your questions the extended license is required if the number of print used exceeded the limit for normal RF use! Check this

Crediting the photographer is not an obligation unfortunately! The illustrator is credited for his/her final work & not about copy righted source in specific!

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