Questions Self Publishing Authors Ask: Images from the Internet

Throughout the month of July I will be discussing topics that often come up for self publishing authors.  Without an experienced agent, you may have found that it’s tough to find the answers to your questions about rights and permissions.  These posts are designed to help answer some of the questions you may have and will direct you to other sites where you can get more information on each topic.  Come back each Wednesday this month for more informational posts to help you in your self publishing journey.  If you have additional questions, please send us a comment and we’ll add it to our list of topics to cover in the coming weeks.

This week I will address the issue of using images you found on the internet in your book. Many self publishing authors aren’t sure what they need to do in order to protect themselves from copyright laws when it comes to using images from the internet. If you want to use images from the internet in your book, there are a few things you should know.

  • Most images are protected by copyright laws and permission is required to use them.
  • Fair Use depends on the individual circumstance. Always be sure you meet all of the requirements. Otherwise, you need permission.
  • Images you find on the internet are subject to the same copyright laws as any other image you may want to use in your book.

To learn more about legally using images, check out this great post:


ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT: Kelly Schuknecht is the Vice President of Outskirts Press. In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog at