Photographers hate Creative Commons?

Apparently some photographers hate Creative Commons. Evan Prodromou has an excellent response. And I still remember David Gerard’s comment from several months ago, regarding the argument that free content licenses put pro photographers out of work:

The fact that good digital cameras are cheap is putting pro photographers out of work.

I am not of the opinion that authors of creative works should feel pressure to license those works under free licenses — unlike authors of educational works — but antagonism against those who choose to do so strikes me as a wrong target and a losing battle anyway.

But onto something much more annoying; trying to reference mailing list posts. >:-| If Mailman can insert a footer with a link to a mailing lists’ archive, why can’t it simultaneously insert a link to that post’s URL in the archive? Or better yet why doesn’t Mailman come with a gmane-like interface by default? Gmane is the most sensible thing in mailing lists since…ever.

I just noticed Wired has commented on the fact that Flickr lets users change CC licenses:

A Yahoo spokesperson says the company does not keep track of the changes to CC attributions on particular photos, and advises people who want to use CC-licensed images to keep records of their own, for instance by taking a screenshot of the originating Flickr page.

Seriously lame, Flickr!

31 December, 2007 • ,



The main reason which is putting professional photographers out of business it the fact that we don’t need so much professional photographers. And this is not only about photographers. Programmers are there, too.

Good thing with demotic technology (including cheep and good camera and free licenses) is that it democratize access to informations without being on one or another side: companies or guilds.

While in the capitalist society guilds may give a positive influence into balance of power, strong guild usually means that consumers are at the wrong side.

And about need for any profession: If we don’t need one profession, it is not necessarily bad for people in those professions. Good society will take care about professionals who are not needed anymore. Bad society won’t. So, if they are not feeling secure because they think that their society won’t take care about them, they should work on changing society.

And, of course, if society doesn’t need some professions anymore, people will not professionalize for that profession anymore.

Milos Rancic · 31. December 2007, 20:38


Hm, I don’t think programmers are going out of fashion the way photographers are. I think you probably agree with Evan, that photographers need to adapt and change.

pfctdayelise · 1. January 2008, 10:34


Very interesting debate! I just posted a lengthy comment to the post on Black Star Rising. If anything, this debate highlights a number of misconceptions about CC licenses and how they can/should be used.

Paul Jacobson · 1. January 2008, 17:18

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