Creative people are entitled to have control and ownership of their creative work.
As a writer, visual artist and musician, I fully support this. The internet, of course, makes life interesting with the freedom to share and copy. I illustrate my posts with photos, word collages, and other artwork. Some of these I’ve created. Many of them came from stock photo services. Some of them I found online.
I’m making it my practice (as of 1/23/2013) to use images released with a Creative Commons license as well as providing a source citation below each image when it is used. This will allow you to link to the original artist or source. In cases where the design of the site won’t allow a caption to be included, I have embedded the original artist’s name and the source location in the metadata of the image.
Prior to using stock art and Creative Commons art, I always gave a good shot at locating the original source. Sometimes this was easy, such as when a photographer posts on Flickr or some other service. Sometimes this was hard, especially if the image has been used online multiple times. While I always tried to find the original source, I wasn’t always able to do so.
So, If you are a photographer or artist, and you find your work on this site, what should you do?
1. Accept my gratitude. I am so thankful that you are out there creating beautiful things. Thanks for creating, and sharing your work on the internet.
2. If I haven’t credited you properly, please let me know. I’ll post your credit and a link of your choice.
3. If I didn’t license your work through a stock photo service, or you did not release it via a Creative Commons license, I would be happy to either license your image or remove it. I would be happy to license your image for similar rates to an equivalent image in size and quality at iStockphoto.com. For the size images I use, I generally spend between $3 – $20 / image. I can also remove your image if that’s your desire, and will gladly do so. Contact me directly. If a Google Image Search shows that your image is in wide use on the internet, please provide me with some kind of link that will verify your ownership (i.e. Something like a DeviantArt account or a Flikr account where the image appears with your ownership information will do.).
Thanks again for making beautiful things!