“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.” - Steve Jobs

Trolling Flickr for freebie pictures

Two times in 1 week I have been approached by publishers who found my pictures on Flickr and then requested to use them (assuming for free). How does this bode for stock photography shops?

The first was a book packager in India that does children’s books in English for the US and UK markets. I had THIS picture of Caiman (fancy Brazilian crocodiles) that I took when I was at the Vancouver Aquarium, while at the IA Summit 2006. They sent a single e-mail requesting the picture with a link to it and then saying that they would give credit. There was no mention of much else and seemed very one-off-ish.

The other was much more interesting. A company that creates travel guides that you can download, called Schmaps contacted me through FlickrMail sending a form e-mail with a link not to my images on Flickr but to a page on their system that showed a series of pictures, a detailed explanation of what they were asking, recognition of my “Creative Commons” license and a quick way for me to approve use, and give them the proper credit, or to decline all or any number of the images they selected.

I applaud their ingenuity in seeing that there is a wealth of good photographic content out there, and how they incorporated the process of using these pictures into their publishing system.

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