Illustrations And Artwork

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

You cannot claim copyright over someone else's CCO image.

Illustrations And Artwork.


When it comes to picking a cover or other illustrations for your work, sites that provide CCO images are fantastic. This means that you can use them as they are, edit them, make of them whatever you will, without having to credit the original artist/photographer. And you do not have to worry about copyright.

However there is one point that you should always bear in mind. As much as you are free to use the image, so is anybody else. You cannot claim copyright over somebody else’s work, or complain about somebody else using the same image.

If exclusivity is important to you, you will either have to buy or come to an agreement with an artist/photographer over an image that is not CCO, or you will have to make your own exclusive image. It really is as simple, or as complicated, as that.

Personally, I love the CCO images and would never take offence to somebody making use of something that they have just as much right to use as I do.

Submitted: June 07, 2018

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Sue Harris

If I needed a book cover, for a book I intended to publish, I would want one that was exclusive to me and my book. Having said that, pixabay provide a great range of images free of charge, that give both inspiration and show-case stories.

Thu, June 7th, 2018 8:49pm


I think that even if I published, I'd go with Pixabay, Sue. There are some great effects you can use, and what with cropping and over-laying you can still end up with something pretty unique. This was really just about using a basic Pixabay image and then complaining when someone else does.
In other words, I'm standing up for my rights yet again.
Thanks for giving this a read, Sue!

Thu, June 7th, 2018 1:56pm

T. E. Jackson

Very true points hullabaloo. This is why I now make my own covers. Great article :)

Thu, June 7th, 2018 9:24pm


Thanks, T.E. Some people think they have exclusive rights to CCO images which they use, which kind of goes against the whole point of them.

Thu, June 7th, 2018 2:51pm

LE. Berry

Having been a published visual artist I agree. I would never take offence if someone used my work and then altered it to enhance theirs. In the realm of copy right, things can become petty, and when money is involved, complicated. The point is, artists help each other for the sake of art itself.

Thu, June 7th, 2018 9:55pm


Yeah, I can't understand the selfish attitude of some people regarding work that is not even their own. Thanks for reading, LE.

Thu, June 7th, 2018 2:57pm


Very interesting article, Hully... learned quite a lot

Thu, June 7th, 2018 10:55pm


Thanks for reading, jaylisbeth. It was merely to point out that no one can claim exclusive rights to any CCO image.

Fri, June 8th, 2018 3:25am

Dr. Acula

Thats a great point ! From both sides.
Glad you wrote this, a sort of up in the air curiosity we all think about, but never bring to light.
Nicely done, Hully.

Fri, June 8th, 2018 2:31am


I didn't even know people complaining about others using stock images that weren't theirs in the first place was a thing. Misplaced faith in people, I guess.
Good article.

Fri, June 8th, 2018 2:00pm


Thanks, Simon!

Fri, June 8th, 2018 7:03am

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