This is NOT a callout post. This is a word to the wise post.
Authors and bloggers: DO NOT use celebrities and/or public figures on your book covers or promotional materials without expressed written consent. You are violating all kinds of copyrights, and you can be sued because of it.
I admit, I have been guilty of this in the past, but I learned my lesson when I received a nicety email one day (I won’t go into the sordid details, but let’s just say, it was a sobering experience.)
insisting requesting I remove an image that I used in a blog post. And if you’re creating your vision boards on Pinterest, be mindful. I’ve had images of mine removed because they were copyrighted. I’m just sayin…
I now use stock photos from depositphotos or CreateHer Stock for all my lil promos. And if you write characters of color, there’s a new stock photo site called Pic Noi. I’m sure there are other reputable, affordable solutions and please share in the comments. Don’t get caught in these literary skreets using a celebrity’s likeness to pimp yo next masterpiece.