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Such a scary prospect to get sued for using someone elses work without permission. Of course we don't think of it that way, at least I didn't. My thinking was that if it was on the internet, it was up for grabs as long as you gave proper attribute/credit. NOT SO! I strongly urge you to read Roni's blog post, if you haven't already, to find out how much trouble she got in. She also has links for searching for FREE photos on the internet. To my way of thinking, she sort of took one for the team. Umm, thanks Roni?
Speaking of copyright and trademark issues, Jack Daniel's totally rocks! When Indie author Patrick Wensink’s book, Broken Piano For President, was published recently, the cover was discovered to have a striking resemblance to the Jack Daniels artwork. And by resemblance, I mean the artwork was exactly the same. So what did Mr. Corporate Daniel's do? He sent the nicest cease and desist letter, ever. He not only asked him not to use the cover on the next reprint, but offered to help with the expense of the new cover if Mr. Wensink would agree to change the cover now.
Seriously, how classy is that?
I don't mean to take anything away from the photographers/artists by posting this. You all so deserve to get paid for your work, obviously. I blame it on the global nature of today's media, where everything imaginable can be had at the click of a button, and because it's really so new, as users, we don't really know the laws and ramifications.
But really - Jack Daniel's could have crushed this guy beneath their feet, but they chose to take the high road.
Do you have any copyright stories? Can you share?