Creative Commons is so cool

The two photos on my book cover are licensed with the Share-Alike and Attribution Creative Commons license, which means that as long as the book cover created with those photos is also shared for others to adapt, we can use the photos by attributing the source of the photo – and the photographer.

Last night I used FlickrMail to send messages to both of the photographers to tell them we’re using their photos, and also to get their mailing addresses so we can send them a printed copy of the book.

And then the neatest thing happened. From the photographer of the Danish keyboard I received a message in return already, and a request to be his friend on Facebook. I accepted and checked out his online profile. As it turns out, he’s in Houston and I’m in Austin!

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He had already posted a shot of the cover to his Wall, and his friends were commenting and complimenting his photography. I got so excited I broke my cardinal rule of never posting to social sites during work hours, and I added my own gratitude and compliments. I think it’s the neatest thing that Creative Commons sharing gave us both such a boost.

As Jude said in his FlickrMail reply, “I enjoy sharing my work with the community. I’m so glad you found it. I think the Creative Commons License is such a wonderful resource.”

One comment

  • ted
    July 13, 2009 - 1:02 am | Permalink

    Flickr is nice because there are so many images to choose from and Creative Commons adds the added benefit of understanding who the image owner is and what rights they wish to express for the content. I see that this combination came in handy for a book that’s about to be published, but if you are publishing online works you should also consider http://www.youtils.com. Youtils supports the Creative Commons license and adds the benefit of measuring how the images are being used on the web as well. It’s a good deal for the publisher in exchange for the right to use the images used through Youtils.com.

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