Quite recently I had a longish GTalk discussion with one of my friends on the merits of posting pictures on Flickr that were “Open”. Flickr gives you the choice of licensing your photos under creative commons or keeping all rights to posted photos reserved. In the latter case, your photographs can’t even be copied or saved to disk and high resolution versions of them can’t be accessed.

His argument was that by giving the right to copy your photos freely, it allows a whole lot of people to make use of your “hard work”. They just need to save the photograph and then use it in any manner they please. On the other hand, by reserving the rights to the photograph at least you can stop the “freeloaders”.

I have always held that by freely distributing your creative works you ensure that it reaches the maximum audience and also that it is used in the most creative ways. Over the past few years I have seen my work turn up in all sorts of places ranging from online newspapers to videos. Some of the photos were also used in print by some non-profit organization in Hong Kong (or so they told me).

But quite recently while randomly surfing, I came across this blog post. It’s simply unbelievable ! The post is an entire short piece of prose apparently inspired by one of my photographs. This kind of creativity would certainly wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for free distribution of my photographs. Goes a long way to strengthen my belief that if someone somewhere on the planet can make some creative use of my photographs, the world is probably a little bit richer.

Never knew I could be a source of inspiration….

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  1. Kevin says:

    ficlets is actually a site for writing short stories. We use Creative Commons-licensed photos from flickr to inspire folks (because that blank page is scary). Thank you for allowing us to use your photo!