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#61 RC Lewis

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 06:19 PM

So found a site that says you can create your own fonts off of windows. Could this be true? I can't paste right now, having issues on this site, but I'll try to write it in as best I can and hope I don't miss anything...

 

http://www.makeuseof...acters-windows/

 

edit: doesn't look like I did it right. :blush:

 

Here you go: http://www.makeuseof...acters-windows/

 

(just had a small typo in "symbols") :wink:


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 09:45 AM

Thanks RC Lewis! :happy:


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Posted 08 November 2013 - 10:55 AM

So I have a question...Is it ok to mention International Airport names? Is that considered general public?

 

All parks, monuments, and such are legal to use, yes? Like Stonehenge?


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Posted 07 December 2015 - 04:07 PM

Just came across this and thought I'd add my two cents in regards to you creating images for your own cover, as opposed to buying a license. I've been a professional photographer for 20+ years and part of my formal photography education included copyright laws, specifically relevant to commercial and stock photography. Obviously the person who took the picture or created the art owns the image. But it's more complicated than that. If you're planning to photograph, draw, or recreate anything- a building, a landscape, a vehicle- that can be identified as a real place/thing, you must have permission from the owner of the property. The image in question doesn't even have to have a definitively identifying feature, such as a street sign. If you look at a picture and think, "I think that kind of looks like Kansas," that's ok. If you see a picture and say, "Hey, I've been to that beach!" or "That's my next door neighbor's mailbox!" you can't use that image unless you get a copyright release from the person who owns the property. Sometimes it's as simple as knocking on the door and saying, "Hey, your cottage on the beach is adorable! Can I use a picture of it on the front cover of my book?" because people think it's cool to see their house on a book (just make sure you send them a free copy- Karma, man). But sometimes it's not that easy, and usually those are the same people who are going to hunt you down and demand compensation. State/federal parks, public streets, anything with a logo or any identifiable mark, is included. A silhouette of a couple kissing at sunset with sand and water in the background is fine. A picture of a couple kissing at Arches National Park is not. You may not think it's a big deal to take a picture of that lighthouse you love so much and use it, but if your book hits the bestseller list and the person who owns that lighthouse (because everything is owned by someone) sees it, it could become a big deal.



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Posted 30 December 2015 - 02:35 PM

This is a great thread and thanks, because I'm considering heading down this road. I have a character in my novel whose nickname is that of a comic book character, and my research indicates that's cool, you can't trademark a name. But I could not compare the two or otherwise bring the comic book character into it, which I don't. I am assuming that's good info, I've verified it as much as I'm able.

 

Also, thanks to this thread, I have tossed out my characters singing along with various songs, as lyrics are a big no-no. But I believe that I can mention the song titles, then have them sing along without using any lyrics?

 

Lastly, of course, are quotes, such as poems. That's a lot harder.


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Posted 06 January 2016 - 07:05 PM

Are they fonts that exist in the public domain? For the text and body of the book? If I self-publish a traditional book and the main story text is in Times, is that okay? Or do I have to go make a new font? Or do those rules more relate to the title on the cover? 






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