Tuesday in Santa Fe

02008-06-24 | Uncategorized | 6 comments

Read in Brian Eno‘s 1995 diary “A Year with Swollen Appendices” last night. A sentence on the subject of different cultures generally preferring different drugs, stuck with me:

Do the drugs arise from the culture or the culture from the drugs.

Good question. Both?

Today is the 49th day of my dad’s passing. Lit incense in the morning.

Rehearsal 10:00-15:00
Phone interview 1600-1700

Made dinner (((spaghetti carbonara and a green salad with dates and broccolini))) for Arthur Meyerson and Antonin Kratochvil (((check out this portrait slideshow))) who were a joy to hang out with.

By the way, on Sunday I changed my Flickr photos (all 10,000 of them) from a Creative Commons license to full copyright. At the time I wrote:

I like that there are photographers who make a living taking great pictures, who spend their days stalking the light and hounding the moments. Maybe all those amateurs, like myself, who make their photos available for free via a CC license are NOT helping their situation. So I changed all of my Flickr pics to a full copyright.

I like that there are professional photographers who think about photography 24/7. I like that there are professional musicians that think about music 24/7. By switching to a full copyright I am removing all of my photos from any future CC searches. There are many designers, publishers, writers that currently have Flickr accounts, not to share photos but to search for free content they can use for their work. I no longer think that is OK.

I am currently thinking about giving up on the CC license for my CDs and the ListeningLounge. (((If and when I make that change it will not effect any music downloaded or used prior to the moment that I change the license.))) The internet is the wild west of the 21st century. We are making up the future one day at a time.

We meet only to part,
coming and going like white clouds,
Leaving traces so faint
Hardly anybody notices.
– Ryōkan

The book is great. Thanks for allowing me to be part of it.

Watched another great wide-screen Santa Fe sunset, with the color cranked way up…


  1. Carol

    You do know how to enjoy the pleasures of life. I’d forgotten about spaghetti carbonara. Thanks for reminding me of such a pleasure.
    I like the way you try to look at the big picture and be fair to all. Let people pay for photos from those who make their living doing it.
    I just listened to “Hours Between Night and Day” and i wonder how many lives that record has changed.

  2. steve1

    Ottmar: “By the way, on Sunday I changed my Flickr photos (all 10,000 of them) from a Creative Commons license to full copyright…”

    Wondering: how far will your pursue this? If someone illegally uses one of your photographs, are you prepared to go to court? The full Monty?

    (I wonder about my own intellectual property often: if someone were to steal it, would I be prepared to retain council, issue a “cease and desist”, etc., etc. … I dunno …)

  3. ottmar

    hello steve: work in progress… I am not sure… Most importantly I wanted to remove my pics from the CC searches that many people make to find photos they can use for free – ad agencies, internet press, book-cover designers, blogs etc…
    Unfortunately it might mean that I cannot contribute to wikimedia anymore. Creative Commons apparently did not fix copyright, just changed the problem – or I haven’t found/selected the right license for my photos. I don’t mind contributing to wikipedia/wikimedia, but I do mind if my photos are used as a way to avoid licensing a stock photo from a “real” photographer. As I mentioned in the post, the internet is the wild west and we’ll have to explore different options to find what works best.

  4. Rik

    If non-professional photographers are thought to be taking away business from the professionals, then in general wouldn’t the quality of the photos used by ad agencies, net press, etc. be significantly lower… not lower in technology because anyone with the means can obtain that, but in terms of composition, light, and those other aspects of photography that make great photos and separate the pro from the non? And even if there are some really good non-professionals out there, Ottmar included, wouldn’t the search for desirable stuff from that pool of pictures be more time consuming and difficult?

  5. ottmar

    Hello Ric: not time consuming at all. Just click here, select the CC license and enter your search criteria. There are millions of pics to choose from and depending on the subject you might find something good.

  6. Decomprose

    I had a CC license on my Flickr account but also changed it a while ago, not out of a sense of not wanting to share, but more out of a sense of wanting to protect myself and the original meaning of the work. Some of my photos are just fun, but others have my heart and soul in them and carry great meaning to me. I wouldn’t want to find that meaning misinterpreted by someone else, particularly for commercial purposes. Your music carries great emotion, and while it inspires emotion in all who hear it you may not necessarily want your music to be used as a vehicle to represent the emotions of someone else. You might want to be contacted first and set up some conditions. I’d say that’s fair.


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