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Comment Re:Missing option: Free (Score 1) 549

??? Free does not define where..

Usually working for the airline means you are standby. and depending on which airline you work for they have rules as to which seats you can stand by for. There is no "free section"

Furthermore.. its never free.. There are always tax or airport fees which are not under the control of the airline. it is up to the airport where the airline operates.

I'm 28 and have been flying standby for my entire life as both of my parents are employees of major airlines. I used to fly Toronto-Ottawa for $7 total. Now the cost is almost $80 after all of the Security Service Charges, or Airport Improvement Fee.... Bla Bla Bla

Comment As a Photographer....... (Score 1) 572

Being an amateur enthusiast photographer, I regularly upload my pictures directly to flickr, which applies the CC licence and then upload from there to Wikimedia, which is effectively Wikipedia. I have even found a number of my pictures that have worked their way into Wikipeida, which are licenced properlly and linked back to my flickr account by some complete stranger who was able to find my work on flickr.

Specifically the picture of Slash was mine taken at a show in NYC, with a small point and shoot.

This story of free photography is not new to me.
People like me who take pictures because they enjoy doing so and enjoy the idea of licencing their pictures with the Creative Commons are becoming quite a hot topic with pros.

I just spent 2 weeks volunteering at Ottawa Bluesfest. As a volunteer i get free access to the entire festival. For starters this festival allows any camera for anybody, which is quite rare. I know NIN allows this on their last tour but i am not aware of any other festival that has relaxed camera policy. The only advantage as a volunteer I got was to sit backstage and talk to the photographers between sets. every picture I took was from general admission and not backstage or in the photo pit, which oddly enough was where i was a volunteer.

Their main complaint was that people like me were flooding the market with free "good enough" photographs. while there was no argument that their work was better. But I was permitted to stand in general admission for the entire set and shoot as long as i wanted, with this "machine gun" shooting strategy almost anyone can get a decent picture or 2, While the pro's were only permitted to shoot for 2 or 3 songs. Is this fair? I think so but that's another story.

The pro's I talked to were strongly against any free photography and every pro i talked to was sure to add "and stop using flickr" as part of the advice given.

Is this a market that will flip upside down, just like music sales..? Maybe
Are the pro's stuck on the current path and unwilling to change..? For sure
Will pros start giving pictures to Wikipedia..? Not the ones I Taked to.
Do I love the fact that I am contributing to Wikipedia by providing better photographs..? Yes!


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An anonymous reader writes: A friend of mine is desirous of a tattoo that represents who she is. She regularly works on open source projects and contributes to free (as in speech) communities. She also assists with local egalitarian organizations. What is the best symbol that she could use to represent these ideals? I suggested the copyleft, but what does /. think?

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