Copyright permission to use cartoons is of the utmost importance when reprinting any images you find and is always appreciated by cartoonists.
I’ve written about the topic many times and have emphasized it in different blog posts in the past. As the internet gains more users, and web designers access more content on their sites, this subject matter is more and more popular than ever.
If you want to use a certain cartoon in a book, newsletter, magazine, on social media, in a web page or any other professional digital or print endeavor always be certain to ask the cartoonist.
There’s no difference in the digital divide when it comes to violating copyright laws since any cartoons found in either print or online apply to the respective creators.
I have always made it a point to emphasize this when posting a graphic or one of my panel cartoons on my site and I believe it’s important to do so, because people can become oblivious to the facts of copyright law and it’s implications.
I was recently reminded of this by a special request to use one of my cartoons in a high school class on history and the teacher also wants to emphasize copyright infringement and fair use issues.
This special request came from Dr. Alex Sternberg of Brooklyn, New York who has a multifaceted background dealing in teaching and education, medicine, physiology and self defense.
Mr. Sternberg also is a published author whose latest title is: “Recipes From Auschwitz – The Survival Stories of Two Hungarian Jews with Historical Insight”.
Ironically I have an interest in holocaust history and have always been intrigued by the multitude of stories I have read. I feel it has something to do with my curiosity of the human condition and that time in history when such persecution existed. It’s difficult to grasp people can be that terrible to another group of people. If interested, learn more about Alex Sternberg‘s interesting career!
If professionals see a large © symbol embedded in or over a cartoon they find, it is the artist emphasizing copyright ownership. This means all that’s needed is to email for permission to use any gag cartoons of interest.
If it is intended for reprinting in a commercial venture like a book, then provide the cartoonist with details on how many copies of the book will be published and where you’ll distribute and sell the books, such as online or in stores or both.
This will provide the cartoonist the ability to quote you a reasonable reprint fee for use of the work. Cartoon copyright information can easily be found to assist you in learning more about what it means in the way of protecting a creator’s rights to his or her artwork. Copyright violations persist online, but mostly due to those who are oblivious to this important law, please educate yourself on the topic.
In summation just remember to reach out to any cartoonist whose work you find online when you’re interested in using it. You could very well be building a professional relationship which could lead to other endeavors!