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« on: September 17, 2007, 09:58 »
Featurepics added an option for licensing small resolution Blog pictures.  Use of such pictures is free.  The idea is that it would be a good way to promote the photographer's portfolio.  Has anyone used this option? Does anyone have an opinion on this option?   I'm still undecided and would appreciate any of your feedback.  Thanks!

Here is the site explanation:

"If you allow Clients to use your thumbnails (130px max) in the blog and news content, the users will be required to place a link to your image where other types of licenses are listed.

This type of seemingly free service will go a long way to promoting your Portfolios.

All thumbnails will have an authorization code inside of the image tag that will include the date when the code was used. If you decide to stop assigning "Blog Use License" for your images - we can identify that the image was placed prior to the license withdrawal, so we have extra security on this transaction. "

(note:  Leaf, I didn't find a specific forum for Featurepics, did I miss it?)
« Last Edit: September 18, 2007, 01:33 by berryspun »

« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2007, 11:09 »
It's good for FeaturePics, because they get traffic and inbound links to their website.

It's good for bloggers because they get free images, even if it links away from their website.

It's good for contributors because they get exposure for their portfolio.

My opinions:

It's a clever strategy from FeaturePics as they stand to benefit more than the other two groups. If it works it'll increase their traffic, search engine rankings, sales and contributions.

But! I don't think it'll work. It's aimed at bloggers who currently steal images (says so in their PR), but I can't see the incentive for the blogger to use it rather than steal. Bloggers are too small for copyright holders to chase and few have any money anyway. What's the appeal of a "legitimate" image when there's no downside to stealing one that doesn't require an outbound link?

« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2007, 16:15 »
Oh wow, Lee!  That's great information. Thanks for posting that!

Definitely!  :)

What you wrote Lee makes sense.  I'll wait before I opt in.


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