Saturday my pictures was blogged on Yahoo! Games. I was flattered that they liked my work, but such a big company ought to know somethings about legal deeds. I thought they did. I thought the knew all about rights when they asked me to AGREE with there terms, on thursday, but I didn’t replay so they went a head and published my work anyway.
I publish my work under a Creative Commons license to make it clear how I want to share my work.
So when it came to my notice that Yahoo had published my work I thought they had done that under the Creative Commons licenses I have choosen, but on there blog it said nothing about Creative Commons, noting about the terms I share my work under. I was stunned, what should I do? Just be flattered, or should I shout out my anger, ask for my rights?
I went for the latter, I wrote a blog post, I sent an e-mail to Yahoo! and told them that I didn’t agree with there terms, and that I thought they had violated the terms under which I published my work, I told them that I share my work under a Creative Commons license so I asked Yahoo to (from my email):
please tell your community that my pictures are available under Creative Commons and the license. And Please tell your community that you missed that little bit of information when you published my work, and then follow the terms.
What happened? What did Yahoo! Games do?
They replied that they would take down the pictures and that they would:
inform our community as you requested
They took down the pictures, but they seems to have missed some part of my request, the part about Creative Commons, when they wrote this in connection to the black box:
per the author’s request, these images have been taken off Yahoo.com, but you can see them on the author’s Flickr stream here: http://bit.ly/yAOfc6
Where did the part of Creative Commons go? Did you miss that part Yahoo? Why didn’t Yahoo tell there community that I share my work under a Creative Commons license?
My photo-project with still life started with me borrowing my sons Clone-troopers toys. I wanted to make pictures of toys that we could share on the Internet. And for those who know me, they know that Creative Commons is near to my heart. So when I was naming the project it was natural to call it CClones. The name CClones were CC stands for Creative Commons is my way to contribute to the idea of Creative Commons and to tell the world that I believe in the idea of sharing.
I believe in Creative Commons because I think it’s important that the culture, the knowledge, the science that we explore and create today, is available to those who lives today. I think it’s important that our knowledge, our culture is free, or at least can be shared freely. I don’t think that we have anything to gain be locking in our knowledge, and I believe in the Internet and the potential of using Internet to sharing what we create. Creative Commons makes this possible.
I share my work under Creative Commons licenses. And that is why my work with troopers, is called CClones, and not clones, or just troopers.
*updated 2012-01-29 About Yahoos response …
Thursday night I got a mejl, I wrote about it yesterday, in a blogpost. Yesterdays blogpost is mostly about the condition Yahoo wanted to use my pictures (about 800 pic’s) of Stormtrooper. In short I thought the conditions to say the least were intriguing, and not in my advantage. It said:
(1) You retain ownership of your Photos, however, you grant to Yahoo! Inc. a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license (but not the obligation) to sublicense, use, copy, modify, translate and/or adapt, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display by any means and in any media, your Photos on Yahoo! News and local Yahoo! News sites in other countries.
(2) You represent and warrant that your Photo is an original work taken by you and you own or have the necessary rights to all copyrights or other proprietary rights in your Photos. You also represent that you are over 18 years old.
(3) To the extent that your Photos are displayed on Yahoo! Inc.’s pages, Yahoo! Inc. will provide a link from your Photos to the gallery and associate an alt tag displaying your Flickr screen name in connection with the Photos.
And all Yahoo! Games wanted was for me to reply with a mejl telling them that I approve with capital letters. I choose to not send an reply, because I DON’T AGREE!!! . And I thought that the my lack of my reply would mean that nothing would happen, I believed that Yahoo would respect my Intellectual rights, the Creative Commons license I use on my work. Mostly I thought they would do that because I’ve read on flickr that:
Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy
Yahoo! respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same.
But I was wrong! I share my photos on flickr, with a Creative Commons licensen, an non commercial license. I mostly use BY, NC, SA as my default license. I use Creative Commons because I believe in Creative Commons values.
And I share my work, with others to give others the possibility use my work, but I have drawn a line for Commercial use, then I want to be asked. And Yahoo! Games seamed to have understood that, it seamed that way when they asked for my permission to use my pictures. I didn’t reply. I didn’t give them the rights to use my pictures, to share them, but they did it anyway.
Update: After I had written this post I mailed Yahoo, and told them that I WILL NOT, WILL NOT accept there terms, and that I wanted them to follow the Creative Commons license I had choosen for my work, I also asked Yahoo to tell there community that I share my work under a creative commons license.
Last night I got a reply that they would take down the pictures, with following message:
Adorable Stormtrooper Photos
Per the author’s request, these images have been taken off Yahoo.com, but you can see them on the author’s Flickr stream here: http://bit.ly/yAOfc6
Yahoo! Games seams to have missed the part of telling there community that they hadn’t followed the conditions under which I share my work Creative Commons, Attribution, non commercial, Share alike.