The cask of Montalcino

We’re still proofreading our forthcoming book, and this morning I found that our version of Microsoft Word does not recognize “Montalcino.” Tsk, tsk.

We’ve received permission to use the Sagrada Familia photograph I blogged about yesterday. All we did was … ask. As soon as we reveal the book cover we will very humbly name, thank, and gush about the photographer and the image’s copyright holder. Until then, take away what we have learned about copyright:

1. Assume every image you find online is copyrighted, unless red, bold, 48-point font tells you otherwise.
2. Do not use the image in any way without permission. Otherwise you could find yourself with a letter from a copyright holder saying: “You’ve used my image. I didn’t tell you that you could. Here is a bill for the last five years of usage, and that might be the DOJ calling on your land line.”
3. To get permission, just ask.

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