Who Owns My Cover Design?

My book was published by (one of the largest POD publishers) and I am not happy with their service or prices. They designed my cover but I want to move my book to BookLocker. Can you use the cover they designed? Can they sue me for leaving?

You can’t use their cover unless you pay them an additional few hundred dollars. They claim all rights to files authors have already paid them to create. We call this a forced marriage. If you use the cover elsewhere, they could sue you for copyright infringement. They claim all rights to files they create in an attempt to force authors to stay with them. Despicable, I know.

Their contract is non-exclusive and allows authors to terminate at any time. No, they can’t sue you for terminating your contract.


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