This is naive but if you creating a truly unique piece and you are using images for information only, not design orĀ  composition why would you buy them? Unless you felt like you wanted personal copies?

On Aug 28, 2015 9:21 AM, "Britt Griswold" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
A GNSI member has posed an interesting question in the Business section of the GNSI Forums. I would be curious to know what sort of experience other list members have had with procuring permission to use images as reference:

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I'm looking for references online for some pretty specific subjects, and the only images I can find are clearly images owned/under copyrights. A couple were produced by photojournalists, from what I can tell. Like us, they probably (rightly) anticipate being compensated for use of their images. :)

So, my questions are:

Are there norms for purchasing reference images (not from stock agencies)"?
Has anyone had any experience purchasing rights to a reference image?
If so, how have you handled approaching the photographer? Is there a standard licensing fee I could propose?
Anything I'm forgetting to ask?

Thanks in advance!
Bethann

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Britt Griswold
Manager, http://www.science-art.com
bgriswold_at_science-art.com


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