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Monday News: Author learns hard lesson about copyright for images;...

I think what is most remarkable about this video is that it contains actual photos of Earth and space, not computer generated graphics.  Mind blowing and beautiful.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Stephanie Forster
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 05:48:54

    Some really interesting and some quite strange news too, this week! Wonderful up to date post. Thanks for sharing with us!

    New to your blog!
    Steph @ Stepping Out Of The Page
    P.S. I also have an International Giveaway on at the moment!

  2. library addict
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 06:47:55

    Loved the space video. Very inspiring.

    Any new digital bookstore will succeed or fail on selection and customer service.

  3. Patricia Eimer
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 06:52:38

    Yay TOR!!!!

  4. Lynne Connolly
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 06:56:54

    The “panties” they found are also probably only worn during menstruation. Again, not revolutionary.
    The Pearson acquisition – troubling. Now iUniverse and Xlibris can claim they are a Penguin company when they entice authors to publish with them. Last I heard, it was vanity publishing rather than self publishing (their name goes in as publisher, not yours). Check sites like Absolute Write and Writer Beware before you sign.

  5. Brie
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 07:15:06

    At least LOL Cats allow you to use their pic

  6. Ros
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 07:16:42

    The copyright images thing doesn’t surprise me at all. There is so much misinformation around on this whole thing. I’m really glad that blogger has posted what happened to her and people finally seem to be taking it seriously.

    There does seem to be some unnecessary paranoia though. Bloggers panicking about posting book covers etc, which as I understand it, is covered by fair use. Maybe you could do a lawyerly post explaining when it is, and when it isn’t okay to use images?

  7. DS
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 07:35:14

    I think it’s the cups that make this different from a kirtle. Most contemporaneous illustrations of kirtles I looked at on the net don’t suggest cups.

  8. SAO
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 07:58:23

    “Curation” seems to me like the latest publishing buzzword. Publishers claim to “curate.” Most people call it gate-keeping. I’ve thought that there’s a real market for small curators. Someone who loves the books I love, but doesn’t have the pressure to sell more that publishers have. I reject probably a good 75% of the published books in the categories I like. I’d like a curator who isn’t afraid to say, for example, “We love Evanovich, but we only have the Plum books upto 7, because after that, they get too silly and repetitive.” Whether the economics are ever going to support that approach, I don’t know.

    I’ve figured that agents make the most logical people to become curators.

  9. Lynnd
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 07:59:35

    Can’t see Zola being successful with only $1.3 million is investments unless they get some real breaks from publishers if and when agency pricing ends – Amazon and Apple have billions in their bank accounts.

    Yay Tor!

    That space and earth picture is so cool. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Lynnd
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 08:00:32

    @Lynnd: “in investments” gah!

  11. PatF
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 08:12:42

    The pictures from space made a perfect start for a new week. Thank you!

  12. Maili
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 09:24:09

    I’m glad about that blogger’s decision to post her experiences on being sued by a photographer. And I’m still sorry it has to take that to get it through some selfish skulls that refused to recognise the difference between pirated books and using unauthorised images.

    I headdesked every time authors bitched about piracy on their blogs where they regularly posted ‘man candy of the week’, artwork, photos of cute pets, opinions of BBC period dramas that hadn’t yet been broadcast or released on DVD in their countries, copyrighted photos of landscapes, buildings and castles (I’m looking at you, Scottish historical authors, who seem to love raiding Scotland’s local, tourism and B&B sites for photos), and many more.

    Most said those were available online, which is “different from book piracy”. No, it isn’t. Piracy = copyright infringement. Use a non-cc/stock/copyrighted image without permission and credit = copyright infringement.

    There are some royalty-free photo sites – e.g. stock.xchang ( – that allow people to use royalty-free images, often without permission (read the image licence agreement of each image first, though, to see if its owner has to be credited or not, whether its owner has to be notified or not, and how the image can be used as some allow their images to be used in commercial products while some don’t).

    Those sites are far better legally than taking any from Google image search results or similar. It’d improve some authors’ anti-piracy stance greatly, too. And looking a lot less hypocritical, ignorant and/or selfish.

  13. Christine M.
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 09:54:14


    Most said those were available online, which is “different from book piracy”.

    Which makes me snort because, eh, pirated books are available online, if you know what I mean. ;)

  14. reader
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 10:18:50

    The strip of cloth hanging down the side does make it look more like the remains of some sort of kirtle bodice, rather than bra. Looks cool and comfortable to wear, if not very supportive.

  15. MarcieR
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 12:23:29

    RE: the video – I saw my house! Okay not really, but that was spectacular.

  16. SAO
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 12:51:50

    Given that the female anatomy and the effects of gravity, pregnancy, breast feeding and aging on it haven’t changed much in the last, say, 1000 years and the fact that few cultures find sagging, down-to-the-navel breasts attractive, not to mention the discomfort of stretching Coopers’ ligaments, it seems obvious to me that some women would have improvised garments that perform the function of bras, even if they were not an officially required undergarment with a recognized name.

  17. Ros
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 13:35:41

    @SAO: “required undergarment”? Required by whom? No one else gets a say in my underwear. Ever.

  18. Aleksandr Voinov
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 14:09:18

    Thanks for that ISS video. Also, looks like Pearson is acquiring the whole “value chain” to become a “vertically integrated service provider” around publishing (That’s my entry today for the corporate bullshit bingo). Cross-promo opportunities galore.

  19. DS
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 15:08:26

  20. DS
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 15:11:24

    @DS: >Darn forgot to close and somehow cannot edit. See if this works. If not I would appreciate some help so that article doesn’t pop up repeatedly.

  21. Ann Somerville
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 18:07:18


    Most said those were available online, which is “different from book piracy”. No, it isn’t. Piracy = copyright infringement. Use a non-cc/stock/copyrighted image without permission and credit = copyright infringement.

    Quoted for absolute truth. If in doubt, link. And if you didn’t take it or pay to use it, or it’s not unequivocal fair use (eg book covers in a review), then you are in doubt. Don’t upload and use the image.

  22. SAO
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 19:03:05

    While our society doesn’t “require” any undergarments, we generally make note of women who are braless rather than those wearing bras. The same with either sex foregoing underpants. So, there’s definitely a norm. Women ignore the norm for all sorts of reasons. When I lived in the tropics, I had a friend who struggled with recurrent yeast infections until she gave up on wearing anything under her (long) skirts. But in the past, when doing anything that might remotely suggest you were ‘fast’ damaged your prospects of a decent life, the norms were more like requirements.

    I certainly got the impression that flouting the norms of mourning was a scandal, even if you’d been forced into a loveless marriage with a wife-beating louse.

  23. cecilia
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 19:29:03

    Women did often wear something for support, but it was generally just a strip of binding. (The “bikinis” in DS’s link look like that) What got everyone excited about this was the appearance of separate cups. If it were a bra (and not part of a kirtle) the cups would be the extraordinary aspect.

  24. Ridley
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 20:06:48

    I thought this post over at AAR really showed how ignorant of copyright the blogging community is. Not only is that image posted without attribution, it has a giant SAMPLE watermark across it.

    While I’m sorry it took Roni Loren getting sued for this conversation to happen, I really hope more people come away with an understanding that just because something’s on the internet it’s not necessarily public domain.

  25. eggs
    Jul 23, 2012 @ 23:26:20

    For me, the most amusing aspect of the photographic theft case was that many people were outraged at the idea that a professional photographer actually expected to be PAID for their work. The general sentiment seemed to be that the photographer should have been satisfied with a heartfelt sowwy and an image takedown. It’s like there’s an entire segment of the population who no longer understand the concept of an honest paycheck for an honest day’s work.

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