Haven’t had one of these for ages……

Been a while since anyone got in touch on Flickr asking to use any of my photos, so was quite a surprise to receive a request. Given that people usually tend to just grab and run requests for usage are becoming quite rare, especially when all that’s on offer is ‘writing my name’ on the images. In hindsight, I should have watermarked them already – then they’d be fully prepared for free use.

As an amateur (albeit with sales and publication) I’m quite happy to give images away for free under certain circumstances, friends family and colleagues are obviously on the freebies list, as are certain images for anyone (images specific to a very certain event or place that holds little values to me, or resale). What is quite irritating is that people who would be using them commercially expect to be able to acquire usage rights for them for free.

The following is a precis of the email exchange so far. Can’t see this ending in payment, unless I find out that they’ve been used without my permission or without payment…..

Hi Dave :-)

I just saw your pictures of the shih tzu !
They are adorable!
I wondering if i could use some of them pictures on a website It is a virtual stable with virtual pets :) Where you can go for virtual contest ;)
I can write your name on the photos :)

Best regards xxxxx

“Hi xxxxx,
Had a look at the website and wouldn’t have a problem with any of my images appearing there. If you let me know how many you’d need and how long you’d be using them for I can work out a competitive rate for licensing.

Thanks and best regards
Dave”

I will use the puppys pictures. I dont know how many, it depends on how popular they will be. But I will start with three or four :-)
They will be used until they get deletet by someone. So I cant say how long I’ll use them.
Do you want me to write Dave Frost on the pictures? so people know it is your pictures? :-)

Mads

“Apologies for the delay,
Have been away for a while and not had a chance to get online.

Thanks for the additional information and on this basis would be happy to offer you a licence for up to 5 of these images for web use only on an unlimited period basis for a one off fee of £50, with any future additional images supplied at a discounted rate to be agreed if required.

If this is acceptable, please let me know and I’ll forward a licence agreement for you to complete and return with payment. If you let me know which 5 images you’d like to use, then on receipt of payment I can forward you the files.

Hope this OK
Thanks and best regards
Dave”

Got the expected response a moment ago

Subject: Re: Hi
Date: 9th February, 2012

I am a danish boy only 14 years old. So some of the things you write i dont understand. But do you say i can use 5 images, but if I would like to use more, then i have to pay? :-)

For which I responded with;

Apologies if I was unclear.

I am willing to offer you an indefinite license to use up to 5 images for web use at a cost of GBP 50.

If you were to require more images, I would be happy to offer any additional ones at a reduced cost

To clarify – 5 images will cost GBP 50, 10 images would cost GBP 70 (not GBP 100)

Hope this helps
Thanks
Dave

or in Danish –
Undskylder hvis jeg var uklart. Jeg er villig til at tilbyde dem en ubestemt licens til at udnytte op til 5 billeder til nettet anvendelse til en pris af GBP 50. Hvis de var at kræve mere billeder, ville jeg være glad for at tilbyde enhver supplerende stillinger til nedsat pris at få afklaret – 5 billeder vil koste GBP 50, 10 billeder ville koste 70 pund (ikke GBP 100) håber dette hjælper takket være

Reminded me of a couple of great ‘rants’, explaining in detail why images aren’t free – you can read that on these blogs;-

http://www.petapixel.com/2012/01/10/this-photograph-is-not-free/

http://ridexc.wordpress.com/2011/12/04/i-dont-work-for-free-please-dont-ask-me/