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Old 07-29-2016, 04:22 AM
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If one uses the original artwork of a living artist, with the artist's permission, on a cover, then what is the appropriate phrasing in the front material (copyright, licence notes, disclaimer, etc.), and where should it go? Something like "cover design by.... by permission; all rights reserved" or something like that?

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Hi. Most serious artists copyright their work. So make sure you have a signed agreement to use it. It would be a nice gesture to ask the artist how they would like to be given credit. Otherwise, design the credit yourself. It usually goes on the Copyright page. Smashwords is a class act, but hard to master the format. So luck with that. wrc
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Thanks, wrc. Actually, the artist is a personal friend who will design the cover especially for me, without copyrighting, so I would drop the "all rights reserved" part, and put something like "Cover design by...., used with kind permission of the artist", or "Cover designed exclusively for this book by ....."
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It's not necessary to do anything to copyright an image; copyright automatically belongs to the creator unless it's a derivative work.

How to credit: on the front matter:- "Cover illustration: %Title, copyright 2016 by %Name. Used with kind permission."
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Thanks, Non Serviam. This is very helpful.
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