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Discussion in 'Tes Authors' Group' started by snugboro23, May 29, 2017.
Thank you all for the information given.
I’m thinking about selling my resources. I’m nervous about copyright etc. E.g. some of my resources started as someone else’s but they are completely changed by the time I’ve finished except maybe the animation on PowerPoint. And what if I crop cartoon pictures of e.g a Calculator from the internet? What can or can’t I use? Any help would be much appreciated from anyone who knows.
If they started as somebody else's you need to ask permission from the original creator if you can adapt them and sell them. Generally a big no-no, ethically and legally. As for grabbing images from the Internet, generally you need to ask permission from the creator. There are some sites that have copyright free images you can use, pixabay is one. You can also purchase graphics you can use but often these have terms and conditions (such as including an acknowledgment to the original creator or the images have to be flattened so your customers can not grab the images from your resources). It is better to create your own graphics if possible. Be careful with copyright, if you have not completely created something yourself from scratch then ask permission or don't use it otherwise you can get a hefty bill, I know authors this has happened to. Don't use lyrics from songs, images from the Internet, backgrounds and themes from others, scanned in covers or sections of text books, previous exam papers, exam board logos, unless you have got permission from the copyright holder. If you want to create quality resources and sell them on TES, create it from scratch yourself.
How do you get paid? I have uploaded an resource but I'm not sure about the next step.
You can withdraw money once you have earnt over £10 and you can only withdraw once a week. To make sure your resource gets seen you should include a clear cover image that tells people what the resource is about and encourages them to click on it to find out more. You should also include a title and description that includes the search terms people are likely to search for and finally add a preview image to tell people about what is included and persuade them to by it. You should also include free resources along with paid for resources as it allow people to try out your resources to see if they like them before buying your paid for resources.
I started uploading free resources during lock down, to support parents and teachers with homeschooling. The response has been encouraging, but I now need to promote paid resources, not sure how this will play out.
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