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TheDamnMushroom is a group administrator TheDamnMushroom says:

I know it's been mentioned in other threads but I can't find one dedicated to when someone contacts you about having your pix used in some other outlet (there are several for specific instances when it's happened).

So I got an email asking to use one of my photos for the Soda Pop group in a news article about Pepsi changing its appearance yet again:

www.nowpublic.com/pepsi_cola_unveils_new_marketing_approach

(Mine is the Diet Pepsi Cola bottle from the 70's next to a pothos.)

Where else have your Flickr photos been consentually used?
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cmrowell is a group administrator cmrowell says:

That is very cool TDM. I have a few photos in NowPublic. It's always nice when they find your photos.

Coincidentally, I just received a book today in the mail that uses one of my photos. It is a french english language textbook which has a section on the US. I let them use the photo for free, but they sent me a book as a result. This photo:
www.flickr.com/photos/cmrowell/75302176/in/set-7205759411...

Yesterday I got a request to use one of my Death Valley photos in a web-based magazine.The website is in yiddish, so I can't even read it. The photo isn't there yet, but this is the site: www.masa.co.il/kids/
This photo, which I don't think is the best one I have of the area:
www.flickr.com/photos/cmrowell/58599460/

I have the Lynne Truss book cover, which is really cool. Vintage family photo, so not my own. Got a signed copy of the book as a result.
www.flickr.com/photos/cmrowell/409231915/in/set-977568/

I had a couple of shots included in some online travel website. I gave those away. They said I could download a free copy of the guide, but I never bothered.

Anyway, it is cool getting some recognition. I'm pretty liberal giving photos away when asked nicely, especially if they aren't one of my all time favorites.
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Checkered and aMUSEd is a group administrator Checkered and aMUSEd says:

No one, except spanish-speaking New Jersians who swiped my All Rights Reserved pix and put their own watermark on them. =[
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TheDamnMushroom is a group administrator TheDamnMushroom says:

eek! That sucks!!

A couple weeks ago I was contacted by a Portland, OR website that is trying to make a visual map, asking if they could use one of my photos. Was it of a building? A sign? Pioneer Square? No, it was of a bowl of lavender (on the sixth floor lounge of a ritzy hotel). Plants. I declined.

But yesterday I was contacted by someone who has a site regarding home safety, and the image was of my car's dashboard -- the "check engine" light. He said he would caption it on his site with "your car can tell you when there are problems, your house cannot." I thought that was great and granted him permission.
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Checkered and aMUSEd is a group administrator Checkered and aMUSEd says:

That's nifty. I do remember once being asked if they could use a picture of my little sister for a vail article, but I don't think I remembered to respond ^^"
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Look In The Tunk says:

I can't STAND those nowpublic reporters. They constantly bother me. After I've told them time and time again to leave me alone.
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Checkered and aMUSEd is a group administrator Checkered and aMUSEd says:

Oh yeah, I didn't think those really counted.
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Checkered and aMUSEd is a group administrator Checkered and aMUSEd says:

Hi Checkered and aMUSEd,

I am writing to let you know that one of your photos with a Creative Commons license has been short-listed for inclusion in the fifth edition of our Schmap Tampa Guide, to be published mid-September 2008.

www.blahblahlinkblah.com

Clicking this link will take you to a page where you can:
i) See which of your photos has been short-listed.
ii) Submit or withdraw your photo from our final selection phase.
iii) Learn how we credit photos in our Schmap Guides.
iv) Browse online or download the fourth edition of our Schmap Tampa Guide.

Our submission deadline is Thursday, August 21. If you happen to be reading this message after this date, please still click on the link above (our Schmap Guides are updated frequently - photos submitted after this deadline will be considered for later releases).

Best regards,

Emma Williams,
Managing Editor, Schmap Guides






Is this some fucked-up convoluted way of asking my permission to use my photo?
I read over the "terms" to submit my photo, and I basically give away all of my rights. No Thank You. [Why won't bands notice my photography?]

It was this picture:
Freeloaders
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TheDamnMushroom is a group administrator TheDamnMushroom says:

Nice picture... Probably more appropriate for their use than the one they wanted to get from me.
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TheDamnMushroom is a group administrator TheDamnMushroom says:

On the plus side, LocalKicks.com used my picture of a red light camera in Tacoma, WA to promote an NBC story about red light cameras in Washington, DC...
www.localkicks.com/community/news/Red_Light_Cameras_Retur...

On the minus side, they didn't ask first or give attribution.

Go legal on them? Nah. Let readers of the LocalKicks link page, the editor of LocalKicks, and viewers of the NBC4 news story's page know where the picture came from and how it was purloined? Yep.
Of course I also posted a FlickrCentral warning about LocalKicks' actions.
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patrickpatrickpatrickpatrick says:

TDM, why not send them an invoice for use of the photo? The photo was yours and they STOLE it. It is as simple as that. EVERYONE should charge for their photos being published. Not to sound like a total asshole, but I can't fathom giving away a photo to use on a book cover. How many copies did THEY SELL? I have a friend who sold an image to a book company for just over $1500....FOR THE INSIDE DUST JACKET! My head is exploding. You surely wouldn't go to your day job and work for free, would you? Free is killing me
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TheDamnMushroom is a group administrator TheDamnMushroom says:

Patrick³: You have several good points, and I agree. But for me I'm not in it for the money and there isn't any real profit for what he was using it for (income for traffic, yes; income for the picture itself, no). Had he been selling copies of my work, put it in a print publication, or anything where money actually changes hands, I'd be making that call.

So to follow up: The next day he did take my picture off the link, blamed "a summer intern" for it being there -- those more agitated point out such thievery has been going for several months, and conversely he's claimed to someone in a Flickr discussion he has no budget for a staff, hmm -- and that was enough for me, the Flickerverse knows what he did and other members jumped in to tell more graphic stories. I let him know in a couple places that it would have been perfectly okay with me to use the picture if he would have followed expected social and Flickr protocol: email me to ask, attribute the photo properly.
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sfrances says:

Schmamp will often use photos before getting permission, I found this out a couple of years ago when it happened to me. Their use of Flicrk photos/contacting Flickr users is typically more about marketing themselves (getting you to click on their link driving up hits=makes them look better to potential advertisers).....

More often than not, I've had my photos used in various ways (including a documentary) without my permission. Yes, all of my photos are labelled All Rights Reserved, and it's also emphasized in my profile.

Flickr and Yahoo won't do anything about it, as long as the website/blog/book/documentary/cd/etc isn't hosted by Flickr/Yahoo.
And that also counts even if a Flickr member takes your photo and reposts it on a blog not hosted by Flickr/Yahoo.

Also, Flickr videos will show up on AOL's page (heavily sponsered) without linking back to your Flickr page (yes, I've been down that road as well).

It's awesome if you voluntarily are willing to provide free content for sites/etc that don't want to actually pay for it by funding you or any other photographer. Some see that as "nice attention" some see that as getting ripped off.

Personally, I've been making more and more of my stream "friends only" with a very specific and narrow set of friends. Usually I'm more interested in their opinion anyways than I am in any sort of acclaim from strangers. But that's just me.
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