A Facebook friend, Sarah Beaber asked:
What do people who are writing tarot books need to know about copyright on card images? For instance, if someone were to submit a manuscript to Llewellyn, would there be complications if the author wanted to include images from decks that aren't published by Llewellyn? How does the number of card images in a text affect the price of production (and purchase)? Do writers need to seek permission for using images before submitting a manuscript, or is this something that's handled by the publisher if the manuscript is accepted for publication?
Great question, Sarah!
The first thing to know about tarot card image copyright is to know who owns the
Today I got five emails from authors all alerting me to a website that had 32 of our books and an equal number of other publishers’ books on it, scanned in and uploaded as PDFs for anyone to freely download. If it sounds like harmless sharing to you, please read this post and educate yourself on pirating.
First, the background: people loves to steal our books. Libraries and bookstores have claimed for years that some of their most frequently stolen stock are the religious books – anything from the Bible to those on witchcraft and magic. Whether this comes from a belief that all sacred knowledge should be free, a desire to hold onto a book containing so much wisdom (or so many