Illustration Licensing / Usage

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There are three subjects to cover when dealing with illustration licensing. Where you’ll use the images, the time you’ll use them and the territory.

It’s important to cover where you’ll use the illustrations. Examples of this are in print media, on products or online on the internet including social media.

You’ll need to specify the location, global or domestic. You might want to consider as an example that eBooks are visible globally, whereas the hard-copy may only be permitted to circulate within your country.

It often confuses people as to how long they’ll need to license the illustrations. However, it’s an important one that needs a clear answer. If you want to buy an exclusive lifetime license of the images i.e. buy them forever, it can be arranged. Keep in mind that the original illustrator will retain the copyrights of the images irrespective of the origin of the concept behind them. If you’ve authored a book for the first time, and you’re trying to save money, you might want to consider a short-term license to accommodate your budget.