Re: [ebook-community] cc images and ebooks
- From: Robert Nagle
This may or may not be relevant to the case.
I'm putting together a creative commons ebook which uses some creative commons images.
I find it's helpful to contact the photographer beforehand and offer a small amount of cash ($10-20) as a sign of appreciation for using the image.
That way, the photographer is aware of what I am doing, and if he/she is having cold feet about a particular license, they can let me know.
If they don't write me back, at least I can say I tried to make them aware of my intent to use the image.
Another thing. Given the evanescence of web pages, one should always make a screenshot of any CC image you are planning to make use of which shows the license at the time of the screenshot. Photographers/artists can easily change the license later, but that screenshot serves as evidence that it once was available under a certain license.
Yours is a nice and intelligent way of going about it.
There are two aspects of any of these matters. The legal situation is not really clear; I think there are many arguments to be resolved about the force of CC declarations of licences under copyright, and these are best left to the lawyers who specialise. Though I am happy to express and read other opinions on it. ;-)
The other aspect is the effects of what happens and what receives publicity. I am certain that Virgin has shown itself up as cheapskate. I think too that CC has shown weaknesses that should be addressed. These are definitely presentational at the very least.
IN the course of discussion over this I am coming to the conclusion that CC should not be offering a template which permits any use by any person or organisation in absoutely any way. Or at least should be making that choice more deliberative for copyright owners than other choices.
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