Hi there folks, new here... I was hoping you could help me out on this one: I'm writing a book about martial arts. It's non-fiction, kind of a research project. I intend to publish it in the states within a few years time. The book deals with a lot of topics related to martial arts and their history. In this field, the pictures needed to describe what I'm writing about are mostly pictures of martial artists that where taken by some other martial artists. While I do have a few pictures of my own and my martial artists friends to use, I do need to make use of many other photographs as well. As I understood the legal situation in the US, I shouldn't be worried about anything that's over 80 years old, or that was photographed prior to 1978 and wasn't declared "copyrighted". Two questions here: 1. What am I to do with all those other photographs I want to use? I really ain't writing this one for the money, and I don't even know if it'll make any. I simply cannot possibly locate the owners of most of the pictures. Those are probably some old Japanese/Chinese guys sitting in remote villages far away from my country. O_O 2. Following the last one - are the publishers gonna give me a hard time on this? I'm willing to take the "risk" of being sued for the pictures, since I don't care about the money the book is going to make, which I don't think would be much anyhow. It's also not the case that such suits are popular in the traditional martial arts world - these folks don't read English, and they sure don't care about stuff like money either. I'm also making sure to only write of the people in the pictures in a positive light... So, is there a chance that the publishers will just roll with it, saying something like "well, it's your problem if you get sued!" (I'm actually hoping that would happen ). Thanks for all the help. Jonathan Bluestein, Israel.