This came out of a posting thread of Cagsil in the Sandpit:
Ya'know, Cagsgil, this could be a great new feature for Hubpages. Let hubbers, who are willing to contribute "stock" photos or artwork of their own-- to which they own all rights-- and let them be used without restriction (with name credit) by any registered hubbers. It would be a backlink for hubbers and a resource for people who want free photos and art for their hubs. What do you think?
Glad to see that a number of people think this is a good idea.
It might be a big undertaking for HP, because if it grew large enough, it would be nice to have photos categorized in some way. Kind of like other clip art or photo galleries are.
It might have to be set up so only signed-in hubbers could access. Now-- would it be only for hubbers to use ON HubPages with attribution (not on other sites)? Would there be a way to effectively limit use to HP?
I have other questions, but enough for now.
P.S. I have some photos and drawings I would gladly contribute to the cause.
It should be only accessible by those who are signed in. It should be for members only access. This way it can be considered an exclusive feature of Hubpages, which can add value to Hubpages(overall) and to the Community of users.
I agree. I'd like to know if the staff would consider this, and to know what they think the pros and cons might be. It seems that there are always questions, especially from new hubbers, about where to get photos and graphics for their hubs.
One drawback might be that the same piece gets used over and over and might not seem like 'original content' is being used. Maybe if an item is used-- there would be a restriction of another use for a certain time period?
Also, the files could include other copyright-free or public domain images... just thinking on the keyboard.
I was actually wondering that. I mean, initially any image resource would be a bit limited (until we'd managed to build it up) Maybe, like you say Rochelle, there could be a time period, or usage restricted for a maximum number of hubs?
I'm not sure how it would be handled with regards to the number of times an image, photo or art could be used. Maybe like 50 times, then the image, photo or art would be inaccessible for a period of 2-3 months, then released for usage.
Not to mention, all images and/or art would follow permitted/rules already in place.
On a side thought, each person already possesses an album section on their account and if possible, that album might be accessible(nothing else on that person's account would be accessible, just the albums), if the hubber chooses to allow others to use their photos? This way a separate gallery wouldn't be required to be setup.
Give each hubber the option to make their albums public or private? This might be possible, but not sure.
Edit: But limit the public access to signed in members only.
Hey Rochelle, the photos that are in your albums created on YOUR account have already been put into a hub. You have uploaded the photos to at least one hub. Again, like I said, if you were given the power to make specific albums public or private, then you could share individual albums, but not share others.
I think its a fun idea. However, has hubpages changed their minds on letting us photomark our own photos. I would be interested, if I knew I was being given full credit for my photos, at this time anyone can take my photos and claim them as their own.
As far as I know, I've seen some hubbers being allowed to use watermarked photos, so long as the production of the photos are truly their own making. You would be best to email Staff and double check. Team@Hubpages.com
Perhaps shutterbugs here on HP could furnish on-demand photos for a small fee if some hubbers needed something from the photographer's area or expertise. I have loads of wildlife photos I'll never use and take more everyday. I don't want to give ALL of my photographs away for free though.
However, I would consider donating SOME of them to a common library here on HP. Good idea guys!
I think this is a great idea, with our writing we need to confirm that it is our own work anyway and the same can be done for any pictures. There are some wonderfully talented photographers/artists on this site who do already share their images, if those could be used for people like me (my camera is broken and I'm running out of my own stock), with a credit then it could be the start of a collaboration between writer and artist, one that could produce further works. I support this totally,
This is a really good idea and I have thought of some things.
If HP were to implement something like this, certain information, like the author's link back (Melanie Shebel, CC-BY, via HubPages) would be attached to the photo and people using it within HP would be unable to remove that, protecting the original author.
However, I do see some problems with that. Hubbers who don't know about or care about copyright issues could upload pictures as their own and other hubbers would use them. Since HubPages technically condones the usage of that photo via their photo program, where does that put HP legally if someone were to complain or even take legal action? Also, let's say 50 hubbers unknowingly illegally used that photo, does that make them liable? If not, 50 hubbers would still have to replace photos in their hubs if a complaint is made and the picture is thus removed from the system.
Also, let's say a user uploads a really awesome picture of hmmm a pretty beach scene. Several hubbers may use that photo and it could get to where all the hubs talking about anything beach related are sharing the same pictures. I think this could be boring for the reader. This, of course, would be fixed by a large repertoire of photos.
On a more positive note, if attribution were to be automatically attached to photos, users might be more apt to think "what's this?" and learn more about legal use for photos, which would actually be helpful to HP.
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