I would like to observe that hunting down potential copyright holders so that I can request permission to use their images in my book is really fucking annoying. Is this is an aggravation for most other disciplines, or even for other pseudologists? As it happens, most of the images I want to reproduce are publicity photos of one kind or another, some of them created by companies that may no longer even exist, for all I know. And all of them, I'm willing to bet, don't expect to earn one red cent on those photographs. The photographs aren't the product; they advertise the product. I didn't even get these photos from any original source — I downloaded them from the internet. They lack absolutely any identifying data in most cases; I'm lucky if I can even determine the parent corporation behind any particular image.
The whole stupid business feels like looking for a needle in a haystack. But in my case, the needle may not actually exist, the haystack on which I should be focused might have been eaten already, and the farmers who own the relevant haystacks don't give a good goddamn about me and my book anyway. Oh, and since some kinds of images can be reproduced without formal permission as fair use, I should add that I could find out by the end of the hunt that I never needed the fucking needle in the first place.
Can't believe I have wasted an entire workday dealing with this idiocy.
1 year ago