What happens when you make your photos available via Creative Commons license

Tugboat on Chicago River by Trump Tower

Make a photo available via a Creative Commons license allows it to run wild free on the internet. You’ll never know what will happen. In 2007 I shot this HDR image of a tugboat on the Chicago River. Accidentally using an extremely high ISO, a ton of noise crept into the hi-resolution version of this image. Since I wasn’t comfortable selling prints of a photo with lots of noise, I made this photo available for anyone to use for free.

Seven years later, I come across my image being sold on $0.93 postcards, flash cards, an e-nanny website, and my favorite:

Give me a tow, I'm old

a cheesy tshirt about age, “Give me a tow… I’m old.” If anyone wants to give me a good gag gift, this would be a great one.

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Jamie McQuinn
7 years ago

That is a beautiful photograph. You never should have let it go.

Sarah Renee
7 years ago

This photo is far too beautiful to go along with some gimmicky pun :-\

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