Nothing new here except that a couple of over-valued dot.com land sharks are going for the jugular. I believe in copyright as stated by the U.S. Copyright office in particular this statement: “Copyright protection subsists from the time the work is created in fixed form. The copyright in the work of authorship immediately becomes the property of the author who created the work. Only the author or those deriving their rights through the author can rightfully claim copyright”. In fact, as a photographer I have worked under this precept my entire career – if I push the button, I own the picture. Done deal. Even if you are paying me good money for me to push the button, I still own the picture and I am licensing its use to you. Done deal.
So I’m not going to fight Instagram and Facebook – it’s likely a losing proposition as they have all the money in the world. And I likely won’t stop using them, though I may be adjusting my use significantly. Both sites are good tools for telling stories with photos and for promoting one’s self as an image-maker. They are also fun – I enjoy the social response to a good instagram photo – the likes, comments, and shares.
What I am more interested in now is an idea – the idea behind the promise of open source and creative commons. At Studio Two, my design agency, we build websites using wordpress – the .org version which is open source and free to use. We like wordpress because a vast community of programmers, users, hackers and technologist out there in the cloud are constantly working, battling, and fiddling with the source code and each other and generally making it better – the wordpress we use today looks like the one we used 5 years ago but now has so many more functions, enhancements, and qualities. What I also like is that it continues to evolve – all the time – and the evolutionary traits get passed on to websites I have designed through routine updates. Technically speaking, a wordpress site I build today, with the necessary updates applied, will still be a fully-functional website in 10 or 20 years – assuming that we still use something like the web!
So open source community – lets build a new Instagram – one that isn’t owned by anyone, one that distributes the load in intelligent ways to our own personal storage in the cloud, and one that allows us all the richness of community, of sharing, or communicating – but also one that honors the rights of the creators – us – to own the fruits of our labors.
Where do we start? Oh – guess what – it’s already out there: Anypic.org
I think I’ll be switching. Join me there?