Have Legal Questions? Ask a Lawyer Now.
The publisher I am using is www.lightningsource.com. It is a Print On Demand (POD) publisher. The shutterstock website states it doesn't allow Print On Demand under either the standard or extended license. However, it allows uses in book for Editorial or Advertising Uses.
The email's I have received from customer service says that Print on Demand books, such as my poetry book is covered and I could use the pictures in it. However the proper wording in the license should say that it is allowed to be use for "Commercial", as Editorial is not allowed for re-sale and advertising use is not applicable. They are saying POD is for mugs, t-shirts, posters, etc.
I need clarification, since shutterstock doesn't owen the individual copyrights - the artists' do - and they have an agreement with the artists'. So if the owner of the copyright feels I haven't followed the "standard license" stated on shutterstock I could be sued.
I am looking for clarification.
Thank You for your help on this.
The link to the license page and the comparison of licences' which states at the bottome of the page that POD is not covered follows.
Educator, Esq: Follow up question: Is the following
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).