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    how do you go about securing the right to use photographs on the cover of a book?

  • #2
    The publisher will take care of that.
    "I believe in the soul ... the small of a woman's back, the hanging curveball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter."

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    • #3
      I would suggest contacting the photographer or the publisher of the photograph as a first step.

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      • #4
        Cover Photos

        In the case of my book on the 1940 Reds ...the Reds cooperated by sending me a great many photos from their library for use without any charge - to which I am forever grateful ( I thnk they were extraoridnary in this and I don't believe it is common practice for all major league teams). The actual cover photo used by the publisher for my book is one of three I selected from the Baseball Hall of fame - which was very inexpensive (I thnk it was $25-$50 per photo for use in the book and they needed to receive a photo credit) but you can contact the Hall of Fame directly and they will spell out their policy. I don't recall the specifics.

        Other photos (from newspapers or photographers or from MLB) can be extremely pricey ($250 and up)and if the publisher doesn't have a photo budget it can hit you in the wallet.

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        • #5
          If you self-publish, you bear the burden to pay for the photos. In my case, my co-author and I had a collage of photos ready only to find out a newspaper wanted $250 for the rights to use one of those photos. We wouldn't pay that price so we had the printer change the cover at the last minute. When I look at the cover today I think of what it might have looked like.
          "He's tougher than a railroad sandwich."
          "You'se Got The Eye Of An Eagle."

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          • #6
            a little advice

            It depends how old they are. If the are in "public domain" nobody has the rights. I bought several pictures for my book on Hugh Jennings on Ebay

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            • #7
              can you explain? how old do they have to be?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by TonyK
                If you self-publish, you bear the burden to pay for the photos. In my case, my co-author and I had a collage of photos ready only to find out a newspaper wanted $250 for the rights to use one of those photos. We wouldn't pay that price so we had the printer change the cover at the last minute. When I look at the cover today I think of what it might have looked like.
                Tony
                Forgive me if you have already written on this already, but which book did you write and can you give a brief synopsis on same?
                Johnny
                Delusion, Life's Coping Mechanism

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                • #9
                  Public domain

                  I'm not sure how old. Most of the Jennings pictures in his Hall of Fame file are Public Domain. You have to pay to get a print made, but you don't have to ask for or pay for rights.
                  As I said I bought the same pictures I had seen at the Hall on E-Bay for much less than the Hall cost.
                  Try the Library of Congress website. You can do a search for images. They will make prints or even send e-copys for a resonable cost.

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