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A philosophical question - image use

This is a discussion on A philosophical question - image use within the Digital photography forums, part of the Photography & Fine art photography category; So, I am browsing the forum the other day on my Asus Tablet and I come across an image I ...

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    Question A philosophical question - image use

    So, I am browsing the forum the other day on my Asus Tablet and I come across an image I thought was fantastic. It was too easy for me to select "Save as Wallpaper", which I did. It got me thinking whether or not the poster would be bothered or not.

    Personally, I wouldn't care(or rather would be quite chuffed) for non-commercial use. If I was, I wouldn't post my pictures to the web. I change my wallpaper every couple of days(usually with an image of my own), and the image in question has already been replaced, so it was more like borrowing.

    There are some forum members that I have a feeling would be not happy and had it been one of theirs, I'd not even have considered it.

    Anyway just something I'd be interested in getting everyone's opinion on.

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    I post 99% of my images as Creative Commons licensing - specifically - Creative Commons — Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic — CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    As long as someone doesn't use it for commercial purposes I'm quite happy if someone finds a use for my images. Mind you, my photography is my passion, not my business. I might feel different if I had to survive on what I earn through photography.
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    almost all my stuff is creative commons. if its not just ask and ill change it. lol. i agree with Iguanasan 100% but if you want to print my stuff ask first and i will not say no to you giving me $.

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    Even though 'everyone' does it, etiquette-wise it just makes sense to ask first.
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    My images can be used with no limitation. Images which I sell I not upload on forum.It is something between customer and me.But will be nice to know if somebody use it.

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    When I first joined this forum I felt exposed or something to post my photos- now I am used to it and no, it wouldn't bother me if you - or anyone used any for your desktop. Not that mine are desktop worthy, but I wouldn't mind. Heck, if you ever do, tell me which one

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    I would have no problems with them being used in this manner (I would actually be flattered), provided it is non-commercial, nor used to promote a "cause". Ideally I would like to know if someone liked it and used it, but that would be more to satisfy my own vanity .
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    Thanks for the feedback guys. Some interesting responses.

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    I was the one hold out. It depends on the image and what my mood is, today I may have voted a bit differently.
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    I think the use of someone elses photo depends entirely on the poster and the conditions they set for the photos use. Some knowingly put it on sites where that type of use is promoted as long as proper credit is given. At the other extreme some people watermark the hell out of their shots so the average person stays away from it. The digital world has created a society in which relative anonymity has changed the norms of behaviour. (just look at some facebook pages) Would you take that same photo if it was a print on the persons refrigerator? It seems to me that the polite (and ethical) thing to do is if you're unsure, ask. Or am I old-fashioned?

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