Daily Archives: October 27, 2006

Selling a photo (maybe)

This afternoon I received a very exciting email:

I think your image “zzz” works very well. Do you have it in high quality ? Can I use it ? We are able to pay 100-200 US$ for it. (full rights-you will not be able to apply in commercial use again) [sic]
Please let me know.

Naturally I’m thrilled that someone wants to buy one of my photos (see on Flickr). However, I have to admit that I’m a total newbie when it comes to negotiating commercial rights to my shots.

I’ve replied asking for more details of what specific purpose they want it for, and to explain the rights issue, as I’m not sure I’m comfortable assigning “full rights” – I assume that would mean that I retain copyright, rights for personal use, etc. but I’m not clear. I’m also not sure on the value.

Any advice from any of my readers would be welcomed!

In addition, currently my Flickr shots are marked as All rights reserved. I’m thinking of switching to a Creative Commons license (specifically, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs). Any thoughts on that?

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