I am not a pro-photographer. Quite in the contrary, I use photos to underscore my work, largely to illustrate and save a few thousand words here and there. That’s more or less how I operate, my work is elsewhere and photos are but a part of it, a small one. Yet, every once in a while I take a picture even I like. Some of those are good enough for sales. No, I couldn’t make a living from them, but I can support my work and remain relatively independent thanks to them.
Today I received an invitation to Pixsy, a new service promising to find infringement online and bring it to your attention. As of right now, only Flickr and some other services are supported (Facebook, Dropbox, your website, etc.), but it’s already been an eye opening experience.
Not that I didn’t know about this. I did. You see, while not totally in tune with all the commercial things that go along with being a photographer and only a photographer, I am not ignorant to the fact that many people seem to believe that something available on the Internet must be, by default, free. That’s, in some cases, the same people who viciously defend their content on the Internet, and often people who aren’t so much wanting things for themselves but are collecting and curating other people’s work to gain something from it. Be it the Circlejerk on Google+ collecting half a million followers with his or her stolen content (claiming it being theirs) and safe in the knowledge Google won’t do much about it, or be it image sellers. Read More