That Was Uncomfortable

Back in June I particpated in a meme (did a meme?) where you go to Flickr, type in some search words, grab some pitcures and then build a mosaic from them. Big Huge Labs’ mosaic maker uses the url of the photos and makes a pretty picture. If the owner of the photo opted-out then mosaic maker would show a blank square.

I did that meme, friends did that meme and we all co-existed in Internet harmony.

That’s why I didn’t think anything of grabbing fence post pictures from Flickr and using them yesterday. A few things: these aren’t pictures of people, I wasn’t diparaging the fence posts, I wasn’t making money from the pictures and I did link back to each of them. Additionally, the settings in Flickr for each of these pictures allowed me to cut and paste its URI.

I was instructed to remove one of the pictures, since all four images actually created the new image the whole mosaic needed to go. So, you know, whatever. What’s upsetting to me is not that someone requested that I remove their image but that they do it so … harshly.

Does this mean I’ve arrived, when people treat me as though they need a lawyer? Or is this merely an additional sign of our society’s degradation when we cannot look at the intent and then craft our words accordingly? I didn’t use pictures of kids, I didn’t use the pictures in advertising, I don’t run ads on my site so I didn’t make a dime from the pictures being posted. Do I warrant a NOI?

But it wasn’t my picture, so I removed it. I just wish the request hadn’t been so adversarial.

6 smart people left their mark:

  1. Laura, 8. May 2009, 12:02

    Boy oh boy! That’s really too bad. If you were making cold hard cash on it, I would understand. Or her request was to simply link it back to her. I don’t know. This whole internet ownership thing is tricky I guess. Hopefully you didn’t feel too virtually hand slapped.

    So are you looking up other concerts for us or are you devasted over the loss of the “D Mode”?

  2. Lynn, 8. May 2009, 13:32

    I don’t get it. When you post photos on flickr, isn’t that basically saying, everyone can use it? I’m not up on Flickr-ese…. I can seee this as an issue on Getty… but flickr has that tool and if she has a real issue, isn’t it with flickr? Or if you don’t want anyone to use your photos, ummm… maybe don’t post it?

    Lynns last blog post..Bibbety, Bobbity, Boy, Oh Boy

  3. pamela, 8. May 2009, 14:01

    My son is wandering around my house complaining that his bandaid is sticky. I can’t even think.

    pamelas last blog post..emailing it in friday: to wrh

  4. Halimah, 10. May 2009, 9:21

    Well, I’ll share with you. Not that I have anything cool or interesting, but I’d share if I did.

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Halimahs last blog post..Congratulations To ~

  5. Abbey, 16. May 2009, 20:09

    I would be honored if someone chose one of my pictures to add to a mosaic.

    I mean, I’m pretty picky about my pics being online, but when it comes to people putting them on their blog…esp. nice ole you…I don’t think it’s really that bad of a thing.

    I’m sorry she/he was so harsh. It could have been handled so much better. Boo!

    PS I know I totally suck at putting up pics of the new place. I’ve got them in my camera…I just need to get them to my computer. :) I’m working on it, I swear!

  6. Beth Partin, 18. May 2009, 20:05

    Yeah, that was harsh. Too bad the owner couldn’t have inquired politely first. I think people get weird about be “scraped” on the Internet.

    But then why does she allow her photos on Flickr to be public?

    Beth Partins last blog post..Downtown Denver Off the 16th Street Mall