Congratulations, Wayne. I'm thrilled for you. Happy Thanksgiving.
Sometimes I get the feeling that all the people complaining about the licensing of the stock art don't want to understand.
But it's funny how determined people can be to misunderstand something when not misunderstanding it is going to cost them more money.
A designer makes a cover, even if the cover just says "Author Name" and "Title" as placeholders. That designer still used someone else's art / photography to create something. They're supposed to pay for a license for that. I mean, it's obvious that the designer has used the art to create something.
Then the designer turns around and sells that thing she made, agreeing to make alterations to it for her client. That's a different thing. I mean, there's a different title on it, a different name, maybe the designer brightened the design or added another filter to make the client happy. Some premade sellers offer to do those things. And any of that makes that cover a different thing. It's not the same cover the designer created and put on their site to sell.
If was the same thing, then I'm sure this wouldn't be an issue. But it's not the same thing, no matter how badly the designer and author wants it to be the same thing just so it costs less to license the stock art. Once alterations have been made, it's a derivative. Who has a right to license derivative works of that stock? The copyright holder. Not the designer.
So the client also needs a license, or else the designer needs a broader license that allows for derivatives.
All this back and forth about new trends and new ways of creating things just feels a lot like deliberate and intentional misunderstanding so that people can get out of paying for the proper licenses.
If I licensed one of my stories to a publisher and they decided take my work and create a derivative that I hadn't licensed from it, I would be furious.
If this isn't rude of me, what's the milestone?
If it is rude of me, please pretend I didn't ask.
P.S. thanks for sharing your numbers and your strategies with us so that we can learn from your success. It's appreciated.
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