Citizen Media Watch

december 5th, 2006

Scoopt loves Flickr – and all its users' images

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Today citizen media image bureau Scoopt wrote an open letter to all Flickr users.

Here at Scoopt, we love Flickr. We love Flickr because Flickr members are some of the best snappers on the planet.

Scoopt is asking the Flickr users to tag their photos so that Scoopt can work as their agent, selling them to potential big media clients. They also need to become Scoopt members for this to take effect.

Scoopt gives examples of cases when photos from Flickr users could have generated money for the photographers, big news like the Cory Lidle plane crash or the Amish school shooting, but also more daily life things that are what the typical flickr picture is made up of.

Of course they love Flickr, with millions of users that could generate huge sales, out of which Scoopt gets 50 percent of the money. Stating they’d love to go lower, Scoopt is urging users to tell Flickr they want integration with Scoopt. It makes me wonder if the image bureau has tried to contact Flickr in this matter and have been rejected…

(via New Media Musings. JD Lasica also writes about The demise of the professional photojournalist today)


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december 5th, 2006

"Censorship is flattery"

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

I just read an interesting piece on free speech online by Ethan Zuckerman at My heart’s in Accra. He reasons that the fact that different non-democratic governments try to restrict citizen media is in fact the greatest proof of its importance.

If governments are bothering to block citizen media, it’s because they the power and threat of this new media. After all, censorship is the sincerest form of flattery when you’re an anti-government activist.

Also read Ann Condi’s essay about the lack of interest in democracy among her colleagues in China, and Andrew Lih’s response on the similar lack of interest in the States, both discussed in Zucherman’s post and around the media blogging world.


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