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Entry no.: 668

15 Dec 2008, 10:02 AM

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Comments: 2

Photography Are images like...

Schools of thought regarding magazines asking for free pictures:

  • Photos not being too different from quotes so press can have them for free;
  • Photos are more like written articles so press cannot have them for free, obviously;
  • Fuck them, is too low class to debate!

Time Magazine trolling for free pictures on Flickr.

Via Tom Coates.


Reply no.: 1

15 Dec 2008, 12:36 PM


I would go for the second. Even if the comparison with the quotes system is appealing, I think there is a big difference between the two. I never heard of someone getting paid for a quote, while you cannot just publish the first 100 pixels of a photo, just as AP would want you to, I guess. Sorry about the easy joke, I am not a serious guy. But the topic is interesting and some of the comments made onare worth reading. Thanks for the link.

Reply no.: 2

15 Dec 2008, 5:01 PM


You're welcome. I do have mixed feelings about this myself, and that's because on one hand I make a living out of selling intellectual property (design), but on the other hand I did provide free pictures for magazines on several occasions, pictures that were of little significance to me.

Interesting topic indeed—I'm sure we'll come across it again soon.

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