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Re: copyright?? on library photos

bob wrote:
RE:>>Go buy yourself some camera equipment and start
sending photos to your competitors. I am sure they would appreciate it.
Hi Bob,
Been doing that for quite some time now.  The Sony Mavica FD-91 has come in quite handy, as you know.  I'm no professional, however, so when somebody borrows any of my pictures for free they'll need to remember that you get what you pay for.  Anything I want to copyright will either have a copyright encrypted into the image, or text displayed in a corner of the picture that states from whence it came.  Few would publish a book without a copyright and the same should be done for pictures that the poster feels are private property.

It doesn't get a lot simpler than this.  Of course, I'm like you, Bob.  Anything I've posted can be used by anyone but I would appreciate a request for permisson first, simply because I want to know who I'm helping make rich.  Then someday, when I'm collecting money for my favorite charity, they can expect a call. :-)

(One interesting note.  After you've been doing this for a while and you build up a collection of hundreds of photos, unless you're a super organized person, it's impossible to know whether all of the pictures that you have actually belong to you.  I try to keep them straight, but I can't guarantee that all of the pictures I have available to me were taken by me.  I simply think that if anyone sends a picture out over the web, they need to copyright it if they want it to be private property, otherwise, they all start to just run together after a while).

Behind the Hosta Library, eBay may be biggest marketing effort happening on the net to increase Hosta awareness.  eBay probably drives the low end of the market and helps to make people aware of all of the different varieties out there and then they start to buy direct from the hybridizer.  Ain't nobody getting rich on eBay from selling Hostas.  Just look at how many have had there accounts suspended last year alone.  At one time, three of the bigger players were all banned for various reasons.  Some of these resellers do a lousy job at running a professional operation and have earned a large number of negatives because of it.  You wouldn't believe how many people send me an email message wanting me to help them fix a deal that has gone sour when buying from another eBay reseller.  Maybe they think we're all part of the same company?  I don't know.  I did help a few last year, but I don't have enough time to run my own business, let alone anyone else's.

It's a tough old market and it will teach the seller a lot about business, should they choose to participate.

That Mary Chastain is pretty smart to have allowed use of her picture of Lakeside Premier on eBay.  IMO, she should insist, however, that if the person is going to use the picture, there be a link back to her web site.  Otherwise, she's helping to cut her own sales.  Now if this person is a friend, a wannabe friend, or a wholesale customer, then I suppose she can do as she pleases. But if for commercial purposes, if she does this for one, doesn't she open up a can of worms of needing to do this for others as well?  Wowzer.  I think I'd close that Pandora's box while the disasterous effects are still containable.

It's an exciting world.  Hosta la Vista!

Andrew Lietzow
#1 Plantsman at http://hostahaven.com
1250 41st St
Des Moines, IA 50311-2516

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