Hello all, I am a new edition to book bloggers and was wondering if putting up the cover or a book your'e reviewing is fair use, or copyright.
I myself have been personnaly just hyperlinking to the book cover to keep myself ON safe side, but it seems I am losing an edge to other book bloggers, that have been simply posting the cover on their website.
I have gotten many mixed theories regarding this topic via internet, and am looking for a decisive answer. please help!
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I have an amazon associates account (which is free) that means that if people click on the book covers on my posts and then purchase them on Amazon, I get a cut of the profit. Through them I can post a picture of the cover with an embedded code that links back to the books page on Amazon.
Previous to my Amazon account, I would just copy and paste the image from B&N. I dont think you are outside copywrite laws, but would love to hear the answers that come up here.
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thanks! I actualy found a way to post covers! by using an amazon widget called slideshow
I simply put one book in the slideshow, and I get the cover!
It's considered fair use. I generally upload the covers to Photobucket first because that way I know that the links won't go down.
Book covers are free to use for the public, there's no copyright that prevents this :)
You can find scholarly articles on the Internet on this subject - from what I've read it's not clear.
However, being that publishers encourage the use of cover images I wouldn't worry too much about it. One word of warning though, don't change the cover by any means, that would be illegal.
Hi, yes by all means you can host the book cover on your blog even a famous one! What you can't do is "steal" the cover for your work, i.e., book but if you were building a website you can certainly take graphic elements from a book or CD or magazine, or album, or billboard or anything that is advertised and in the marketplace.
By elements this would be part of photo, the font type as long as the type is not registered as copyrighted like Coca Cola but I think that font is online in font libraries now.
On your blog you're safe.
Hope that helps.
Not necessarily. If you take a picture of a Coke bottle and put it on your website, that's still copyright infringement, even if you actually took the photograph. Because the bottle itself a trademark.
Actually, photographs are the copyrights of the photographer, even if the photo shows a trademark item AND even if you pay them (unless explicitly specified in the contract).
So that means that your wedding photographer owns the copyright to photos he took, which you paid for.
Yes, but if you have a book cover YOU MADE with a Nike product (for example), with your personally made book cover, you are still infringing on the copyright of Nike as you are using their product for a product or service you're selling. That's what I meant. Same with the Coke bottle - even if you're the photographer.
Yes, you're right. You have to have your guy call the Nike guy to work out a usage fee.
The Coke guy can burp back ;)