So, I finally received an answer to my question!
yes, this is always a difficult subject. I hope the following answers some of your questions (for printed books and e-books):
Book covers for erotica (i.e. sexually detailed written story) are generally okay.
Pornographic books with the focus on the images are not okay.
Most importantly, the images can only be used as a secondary factor to the product (i.e. book cover), and not the actual product (illustrated books).
Images which depict people should only be used in this manor if:
1) the image lends itself to the subject (i.e. racy/suggestive image)
2) the usage does not imply the model is a character or directly involved.
Only you know your product, so please use the above only as a guide line to determine if your intended use is conform our license agreement.
I hope this helps.
Can Stock Photo Support
So, yes, you can use CanStockPhoto’s photographs for your erotic novels! Though, you have to use them in their house (see ‘manor’)
But, the main question was if I could use them. And, as long as the image lends its self to the subject. (I don’t know much erotic fiction about women eating salads, but…hey…) and it does not imply the model is a character or endorses your Centaur Gang-Bang.
I suppose using a photograph would mean that you would imply that the model is depicting one of the characters…I suppose that’s perfectly alright though.
Glad to have that answered! Let’s get to making some covers!