I got this email from someone this morning:
Hi there Tom
My name is
name withheldand I am an internet marketer. I have recently created a training program for people who aspire to make money online, named ‘ title withheld‘. As you can tell by the name, the branding and name is inspired by James Bond, as will be my new sales page (comic strip style).
My question is, would you consider giving me permission to use some of your “James Bond” images for my sales page? If you would be so gracious as to grant me permission then of course I would place an ‘art acknowledgement’ link at the bottom of the sales page giving you credit and also linking back to your url.
The only possible change I would want to make, would be to remove the background and only use the actual figures. If this is something you would consider then kindly get back to me.
Your art work would really make my sales page something special.
Many thanks for your time Tom
I eagerly look forward to your reply
I got a real laugh out of this. It’s more than a little ironic, don’t you think, that someone professing to know enough about how to make money online to teach others how to do it would ask an illustrator for the use of their online artwork for free in order to sell a training program on how to make money online? I mean, if your business is making money online don’t you think you’d be sensitive to the fact that things online have value and ought to cost something to use? The really funny part is he’s actually asking me to remove the backgrounds for him, so not only to give him free use of existing work, but to spend my time altering the work to better suit his need… all for a link. Then again, maybe his business plan is all about getting stuff for nothing to use to sell other stuff for something. Brilliant.
I’m not sure I’d be too interested in this James Bond themed training program. I have a feeling it promise Sean Connery but give you George Lazenby.