It never hurts to ask
About a month ago a friend pointed me to an article which used a photograph of mine. The trouble was, this was a commercial use of my photo and while they did attribute the photo to me, my CC-BY-NC license didn’t allow for commercial use without asking me first. So, I took a chance and sent the author of the article my a $50 invoice for reprinting my photo. I didn’t ask them to take it down, I just asked that they pay me for the use.
I didn’t hear back for a week so I sent a follow-up invoice requesting that at a minimum I receive a response form them with how they planned on addressing the issue. Their response: the check is in the mail.
Lo an behold a few days later I received payment in the amount of $50. No apology, but here’s hoping that they learned their lesson.
(Thanks to Kathy D. for the heads up and I think my standard licensing fee just increased.)Tags: copyright, creative commons