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> Last time I looked (a good while back) most stock images can not be resold. > They can just be used in house or for stuff you produce like ads for your > company. I think you are right for commercial stock images. However there is one great source of "stock" images that can be sold - that is *some* of the images available on the internet from government agencies. Many are fairly high resolution and quite usefull. NASA and DOD are particularly rich sources of images. However one should always check for any site copyright notices since some government agencies are now selling the partial rights to their images to distribution companies and have links to those companies on their web pages. For example the "Dreamtime" company that NASA has partnered with to help with image distribution near as I can tell retains some rights to the images they scan (at their expense) from NASA historical files or from cameras they intend to mount (again at their expense) on NASA space vehicles. Reselling images that have been scanned or made by a company under contract to a government agency may be a violation of the license the agency has granted to the company. While federal agencies may not directly assert copyright, federal agency contractors and commercial partners retain that option. Satellite images are another case in point - the data rights have often been licensed to the partner companies, especially when the image is the primary product of the satellite. But there is still a *lot* of free re-sellable imagery on line from the federal agencies - most do request that the image source be credited (ie "image compliments of USAF," etc.). I've read that a few folks have made a career out of selling federal agency imagery (printed at high resolution on Epson printers) to small periodicals. The fee is for the research and the printing of course, not the photography which is provided free by the feds. But a fifty to a hundred bucks a print for non-original work could go a long way toward paying off a cheap Epson printer! And the image search itself is interesting. A couple of excellent sites to mine for images -- KSC's Publisher's Photo Corner archive at http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/captions/hotpics.htm (be careful of the Hubble links, I think some of those images may be owned by the partner operating the satellite) and the NASA Image eXchange at http://nix.nasa.gov/. Read the NIX copyright notice - that is a good set of rules to follow for the free images from all the federal agencies. Be especially careful what you do with images of recognizable people! Dan Culbertson - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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