I ran into a blog post where someone told a story about taking a photograph while on holiday, posting it on Flickr with CC rights, and six years later, the photo found its way to a newspaper article.
So far so good. And great for the photographer that her image was deemed worthy enough to be picked into a publication.
What followed was a salvo of negative comments from professional photographers, mostly in the “you’re robbing my children of their future by giving away stuff I do for a living” category.
This set me thinking.
On one hand, the pro photographers are right, in a roundabout way. On the other, though, lots of questions arise:
- Would any of them have had a photo available for just that purpose?
- How can someone’s hobby deteriorate someone else’s income?
- Why, in this age of public sharing, should certain professions be surrounded by protective walls and No Trespassing signs?
- Ultimately, are these professional protesters in the twilight of their careers and need to get protective because their skills are no longer up to date?
I think the world has developed far enough in the direction of sharing that if you can’t sustain yourself with your professional muscle, that’s just tough luck.
What do YOU think?