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Christmas Love by Dawn Foss from Christian vanity press publisher Tate Publishing
Christmas Love by Dawn Foss from Christian vanity press publisher Tate Publishing | Source

Hmmm this looks familiar...

I recently ran across this book cover of a book soon to be released:

Christmas Love is a children's book that is great for the whole family at Christmastime! It has the original Christmas story in its pages straight from the Word of God, and shows how Christmas love was portrayed by the many characters surrounding Jesus's birth. It also shows a practical application to families today, and how we can show Christ's love to our families and communities all throughout the year! There is a special endorsement section that gives testimonials from community helpers, such as a policeman, doctor, nurse, fireman, teacher, and many others who tell how they show Christ's love to the communities they serve each and every day. Don't miss it - make sure you get your copy of Christmas Love this Christmas!


It looked a bit familiar so I dropped the photo into Google, did a "search by image" and low and behold a stock photograph popped up that looks awfully similar.

You be the judge!

Stock photograph on Dreamstime

Royalty Free Stock Image: FAMILY SHOPPING by Pressmaster from Dreamstime.com
Royalty Free Stock Image: FAMILY SHOPPING by Pressmaster from Dreamstime.com | Source

Who is ripping off who?

Which is most plausible?

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Selling photographs and image via microstock agencies

Although there are risks involved in offering your artwork for sale, like in the above case where a stock photograph was used as the "inspiration"' for the artwork to put it politely, microstock agencies do offer the above average photographers and artists a place to sell their artwork and photographs. Dreamstime is one such agency and you can find out more about signing up for free to open an account to sell your work here.


Just don't be a lazy artist like who ever line traced the photograph.

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peanutroaster 3 years ago from New England Author

Its like one of those "spot the differences" puzzles. How many differences can you find?


Microstock_Illustrator 3 years ago

Most microstock companies' licenses allow designers to create 'derivative works'. You can modify, trace, Photoshop, etc.


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peanutroaster 3 years ago from New England Author

Hmmm if that is the case I'd say the illustrator should be paid about 1% of the commission of the photographer.

Consider the photograph above. The photographer had to secure the location, hire the models, gather the props, compose the scene, light the scene, take the photograph, and do post-processing.

And then the artist just "traces" the photo?


Phil 3 years ago

If that's such a problem peanutroaster then don't offer your work for sale as stock. The photographer here, with all the location, model, and prop costs, plus the trouble of taking the photo, as you described, is still offering it up for pennies. This is not a case of someone ripping off art, stock is a product and if the illustrator purchased the proper license they can do this kind of thing.


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peanutroaster 3 years ago from New England Author

"if" it was actually licensed is up in the air. The "artist" could have ripped off an image from Flickr, microstock site, or a Facebook post, turned it into a coloring book page and passed it off as original.

In any case if I had hired an artist to create such a book cover I'd be ticked off to find out it the "original artwork" provided was just a Photoshop filter.

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