License and usage for print books and ebooks

Community Beginner ,
Mar 30, 2019 Mar 30, 2019

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I would like to ask about licensing for ebook and print book cover.

1. Can I use the adobe stock image as my primary image for my book cover? Ex. main character of the book.

2.Does all your image royalty free?

3. Does book covers with non-editorial image still considered as 'editorial works'?

    Do i need to credit the artist and adobe stock for non editorial images?

4.Does the limitations of print runs with 500k for print books are also same for ebooks?

   Ex. I only need a cover for ebook, no print cover, does the limitation also 500k?

5.Can I modify the image(not in a bad way/not for porn/not for politics etc)?

   Ex. I saw an image of a model I want to use for my sci-fi cover but I dont like the body posture or the dress she's wearing. Can I change the body with another image? Or i want to use a model for the clients horror cover, i only wanted the body posture but not the face, can i change the face with another face/scary face?

6. Is a print/eBook cover an "editorial context" in the license?

7. Does print books/ebooks (not photobooks) considered as 'item for merchandise?

8. Does your illustration images can be use for book cover as its primary value?

9. what if i want the image for a series, do is still need a new license or i need to buy extended license?

Sorry for the many question,  just wanted to know every detail about licensing in adobe stock before doing a book cover work for my client to avoid any legal issues. Hope you can clarify it for me in simple possible way/answer as i am not that very knowledgeable in English that's why I cant understand much about what i read in your FAQ/license terms. Sorry.

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Adobe Employee , Apr 01, 2019 Apr 01, 2019
Hi Jervy,Please find my response as below:1. If the image will be used as the primary value of the book, you'll have to use an extended license of the image.2. Yes. 3. You must not use the image in any editorial manner without accompanying the credit line as per the format: “Author Name / stock.adobe.com”4. Yes.5. You can modify the work but till that extent that it doesn't match with the original image. Also, if you use the modified image in any resale product, please use the extended license.6...

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 01, 2019 Apr 01, 2019

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Hi Jervy,

Please find my response as below:

1. If the image will be used as the primary value of the book, you'll have to use an extended license of the image.

2. Yes.

3. You must not use the image in any editorial manner without accompanying the credit line as per the format: “Author Name / stock.adobe.com”

4. Yes.

5. You can modify the work but till that extent that it doesn't match with the original image. Also, if you use the modified image in any resale product, please use the extended license.

6. For Works designated as “editorial use only”, you may only use those Works (a) in a manner that maintains the editorial context and meaning of the Work; (b) in relation to events or topics that are newsworthy or of general interest to the public; and (c) in compliance with any additional third-party licensor restrictions displayed on the Website in the details panel of such Work.

7. Not really

8. Yes following the same usage as in Q1.

9. Extended license should be fine.

Let me know if that helps!

Regards,

Sheena

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 01, 2019 Apr 01, 2019

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I understand now.

Thank you very much.

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 02, 2019 Apr 02, 2019

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You're welcome!

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 01, 2019 Apr 01, 2019

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Hello,

Thank you for the information.

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Aug 19, 2020 Aug 19, 2020

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I like Jervy's questions, but need to clarify your answers for my purposes to avoid any legal confusion.  I'm writing a children's book and the primary character is my cat, but I want to use stock image for composite backgrounds. 

1) Will the Standard license work since my cat and story are primary product, stock photos are backgrounds or enhancements in the cover and illustrations.

2) They are royalty free... and if I exceed 500,000 prints later (in my dreams), could I then purchase Extended License?

3) Do I need to credit the various artists (let's say I use 15 images for the book)? and Can I credit all the artists on a separate page in the book (it would ruin the story to have to do it on the photo, in my opinion)  

4) Is there a quantity limitation on eBook downloads with standard license? (vs. 500k limit for print books).

5) I don't think "editorial" applies to my fictional children's book? So I would just avoid any images labeled "editorial", correct?

6) For Jervy's question #7, you answered "not really". But Adobe's Standard License clause is VERY confusing: "you can't use the image in any items you're going to sell. For example, you can't print the image on a coffee mug to sell."  If Adobe images are just backgrounds for my own images & story, does the Standard License work <500,000 prints?  

 

THANK YOU!

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New Here ,
Aug 19, 2021 Aug 19, 2021

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Sheena or other FB employee. I have questions about my Print on Demand, educational but not text, self-published book on Amazon.
1. I've purchased an extended license for the cover. The photo is "altered" in that has my title above it...etc., This should be fine correct?

2.  I have 80 Adobe Stock standard license images in the interior of my book, that I have "altered", that is, I have edited the color photos into black and white as I can't afford to publish in color. Is this within your guidelines? I need to be certain that I do not need to be purchase an Extended license for each of these photographs. That would be out of my reach financially, entirely. Please let me know.
3. In terms of Credit. I have a Photo Credits section at the end of my manuscript with all of the photographers listed and the no. of each photo. Is that sufficient, or do I need to have a caption with Adobe.Stock.com in each caption underneath the photograph.
I have been seeking answers to these questions for months. Please help me. 
Thank you, Linda

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 22, 2021 Aug 22, 2021

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Sheena or other FB employee.

 

What is an FB employee?

 

1) OK

2) You are allowed to make modifications. As for the extended licence, please refer to the licensing terms and the answer here: https://community.adobe.com/t5/stock/license-and-usage-for-print-books-and-ebooks/m-p/10398218#M4136...

3) read the licensing terms. The answer is there: (B) you must include the accompanying credit line or attribution, placed in a way that is reasonable to the applicable use, in this format: “[Contributor Name]/stock.adobe.com”, or as designated on the Website; (cf. https://stock.adobe.com/uk/license-terms). The aim here is to show that the image comes from Adobe stock and that the author is this one. The image asset number is not required, but the image needs to be identified.

 

Don't expect anyone to give an actionable opinion here. The best Adobe staff will say here is that the terms of the licence cover all cases and that you should read them. This is correct, as your intended use may differ significantly from your description, and it is impossible to determine whether the images are an essential part of the product or only used for illustrative purposes. (see point 1 here https://community.adobe.com/t5/stock/license-and-usage-for-print-books-and-ebooks/m-p/10398218#M4136...). If you are unsure of the licensing terms, you should ask a lawyer specialized in this matter.

 

Look here for more information on licensing: https://community.adobe.com/t5/stock/links-for-licensing-terms/td-p/11366788
(Disclaimer: As always with licensing, this is my interpretation of the rules. I think they are correct and advice is based on reading and interpreting the licence terms and on fair use for both the buyer and the artist/stock company, but I cannot rule out that my interpretation is wrong. I'm not an Adobe employee).

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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