Ain’t that llama a cutie? What is that smile about?

Ah, it’s how this person ( can stand the fact that someone is making money off of a photo I took and shared on the internets. Doesn’t a license protect me?

Welcome to my unconventional corner of the Creative Commons tent, already explained in 2016:

So counter to thinking some other flavored Creative Commons license will protect me– I have opted to give my store away. Since I never intended to profit from my photos, how can I lose what Inever “moneytized”? I am fine with people making commercial use of my photos, of taking and using without asking. This has been my ongoing experiment for these seven years, to find out how much I will suffer by putting my 70,000 flickr photos in the public domain.

In fact, I have gotten more in return than money… gratitude and stories.

But What’s With the Llama Face?

One perk of the Flickr pro account is access to Pixsy, a service that can locate much more reliably places on the internet my photos have appeared. This service is set up to aid in “going after” stolen images, bu my use is mainly to just enjoy seeing sites where my photos have gone to. Sometimes I have gone through just to add to my album of photos that have been reused (283 so far). You know, a little self-flattery.

But it also does provide something I have had to swallow with my giveaway choice described above:

That was he first time I discovered that there are “people” out there who scoop up public domain photos, upload to a stock photo outfit like Alamy, and earn a gazzilion (or 20) bucks. I should be OUTRAGED. But then so should be the schmuck who pays $60 for a photo they could get for free from my flickr.

Recently, I looked at my pixsy updates which reported finding 33 of my photos floating round on Alamy, like heck my goofy llama. You can get it free from flickr or pay Alamy £29.99 to use it on a web site.

Who is smiling goofy now?

It’s interesting that entity who added my photo kept my original title (the “2010 365” indicates this was one of my daily flickr photos for 2010). Following this, I can play some search gimmicks and find for sale on Alamy:

I could go on… How do I know these are mine? There is no attribution, but it’s easy… I took ’em. But they are easily found in each of my flickr albums for daily photos.

I just have to wonder too about someone how there having to laboriously download my photos and then upload to Alamy, a job of minimal artificial intelligence.

Shall I Play Alamy?

No I am not changing my public domain tune, But in the interest of being curious how this shady game is played, tonight I created my own Alamy account, and uploaded 3 of my own public domain images as they require for “Quality Control”— can I pass muster with my own images?

Here is my pledge- if anyone is goofy enough to pay Alamy for my public domain photos, any proceeds that pile in will be donated to the local Humane Society.

It’s a public domain face a llama mother could love.

Featured Image: Yours for the taking, sans watermark.

2010/365/2 A Face Only a Llama Mother Could Love
2010/365/2 A Face Only a Llama Mother Could Love flickr photo by cogdogblog shared into the public domain using Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0)

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An early 90s builder of web stuff and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person. And he is 100% into the Fediverse (or tells himself so) Tooting as


  1. Interesting, saw today this announcement about Adobe Firefly from the Verge:

    Adobe made an AI image generator — and says it didn’t steal artists’ work to do it:

    Adobe says the system is only trained on content that’s licensed or out of copyright — not work from artists across the internet.

    But looking at the web site for Firefly I do not see this clearly. Maybe I missed it.

    I did sign up for the beta.

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