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12-05-2005, 05:29 PM
I'm developing a website for an author who self published. I asked her for a photo of her book for the site. She wants me to take the picture of her book off of Amazon's site. I thought this would be a copyright problem since she didn't take the actual photo, but someone (I'm guessing Amazon staff) did.

Even though she owns the books, wouldn't the copyright of the picture belong to the one who took or bought rights to the picture?

12-05-2005, 06:22 PM
I'm pretty sure that the publishers submit the images to Amazon. More pressingly, the photos on it are usually fairly low quality - you ideally want the original just to make the site look better.

12-06-2005, 10:35 PM
If the POD printer did not submit the cover photo, I'm not sure this is something Amazon does on their own. It is the publisher or author's responsibility.
If you used the graphic, there's pretty much no way to tell who actually scanned it in. No big worries there. And if you are a web designer, you should be able to scan it and create your own image. *wink*

Mike Coombes
12-07-2005, 01:41 AM
Technically you may be infringing someone's copyright, but the image is, after all, a reproduction of an image originated by someone other than amazon.

There is a way around it - make sure your author's signed up to the Amazon affiliate scheme then post a link complete with image - an example's on Sharon Maas's site anout half way down on the left. Annoyingly they display second hand prices too, but no way around that.

Is it not possible just to scan the cover or photograph it? You'll get a better reproduction.

12-07-2005, 02:14 AM
I agree, it isn't a photo really as the photogrpaher hasn't had artistic input--but making a new scan will produce a better image.