How Invisible Waves Have Changed the World
I was searching for images from the Battle of Tsushima, with relatively poor results.
Still, one image caught my eye, but it was from a museum site, so I wanted to play ball and constructed a query email, politely explaining my situation (building a supporting web site for an incoming book), and asking on what conditions I could use that image.
I got forwarded to another person after the initial query, and four more weeks passed until I got an answer:
Yes, I could use that image for five years if I paid approximately 250 dollars + taxes.
That sounded a bit steep for an image that is casually attached to a blog post, so I went to a couple of commercial image seller sites, and they had some pics for less than 10 dollars a piece for unlimited use, but not really good ones.
Finally, I found the adjoining picture of the Japanese Fleet sailing out to the battle, from Wikipedia, with the note: "public domain".
For a blog, that will do nicely.
The learning of all this is that you have to be careful with images that you will incorporate into a commercial site.
As for the battle itself, I think it is one of the most underrated events in wireless history, with vast global consequences, and is therefore the subject of the very first chapter of my book.
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