The video I posted on the blog yesterday – The Stolen Scream – has created quite a bit of buzz and discussion, both in the comments to the post as well as on Facebook, Twitter and who knows where else.

When I got up this morning I found this comment from @DaveStolte in my Twitter stream:

@ArtistTaraReed Interesting they didn’t mention the easy @creativecommons usage licenses built into @Flickr. Did he protect his work?

Not being a Flickr user myself, I hadn’t thought of that so I headed over to the site to do some investigating.  Flickr is meant to be a way for people to save, search and share photographs in a way that is comfortable to them.  You can have them hidden from the world and only visible to those you give permission to or you can post and give permission to anyone to do anything with you photos – both ends of the spectrum.

So it does make you wonder if Naom Gali took the time to say what was and wasn’t acceptable use of his photographs.  While I don’t have the answer to that question, I do have a link for you to learn more about how to tag your photos to prevent this from happening to you – unless of course, you don’t care.  (And that’s ok too – the goal is to not default to no protection of your art or photographs without thinking, right?)

Understand what usuage you are agreeing to when posting things online – http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/

I certainly don’t have all the answers but have been finding some great food for thought lately.  Thank you Dave, for this latest morsel… Sometimes we are so busy and moving so fast that we don’t stop to read and understand the options or the default settings of websites we use.  If your art or photography is involved, I urge you to slow down and understand what posting a photo or image actually means in regards to your future rights to the image.

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed