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No You Cannot Use My Photo for Free Part 88

While on vacation, I received this email:

Gate - Buckingham Palace
Gate – Buckingham Palace

While on vacation, I received this email: 

Hi Seth, As with many, I am captivated by the quality of your work!

I am a professor writing an ebook on “Chasing Wisdom” and would like your permission to use your work entitled “Gate – Buckingham Palace” as a photograph in my book.

I propose the following credit line: Photograph used by permission. Copyrighted by Seth Anderson.

Of course, please propose a credit line of your preference if you so choose.

Thank you

 I responded:

Thank you for your consideration. My normal rate is $800 (US) for a one-time usage fee. If this is something you would consider, please send me a purchase order, and I’ll invoice you and send you the image.

Please consider that I am self-employed, and responsible for all my own costs (health insurance, electricity, and so on), and thus am not interested in working without compensation.

I’ve written more on that topic a few times, including here:

www.b12partners.net/wp/2012/05/26/reasons-why-photographers-cannot-work-for-free/

Sincerely

An ebook often has lower costs associated with its creation, perhaps I would consider a lower fee as well, but we shall see if I get a response. Ideally, I would take the time to create a form letter from these various requests, but I never seem to get around to it. 

Parenthetically, the referenced photo is ok, but I wouldn’t call it one of my favorites. I’m sure there are many, many similar photos of the Buckingham Palace Gate taken every day.

 

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Part 87 

 

update:

Thank you very much for your reply. Unfortunately, there is not budget for such permissions. I’ll look for another source.
Best

 

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