Personally, I am into open source as much as possible. I think the copyright laws in the US are opressive to free thinking and are only meant to stiffle free trade. I understand that people need to make a profit off their ideas, but the does a book or song really need to be copyrighted for the life of the author +50 yrs? Basically, to me that reeks of an endowment not a copyright. The idea of America is to make it on your own, not on someone else's money (no matter what corporate America thinks). Anyhow, now off my soapbox, I will say that I personally don't care if people use my photos. As long as you are not directly making money off the image (ie using it for your product label), all I want is acknoweledgement by linking my website to it. Heck, if you make an advertisement with my picture and put my website at the bottom, I would love the website traffic it would generate!
I found Haiti photos of mine on what I guess you call Citizen Journalist site, more or less like the CNN Ireports. I now only found them, they make me pay for the bandwidth without a live link.
The bad part, it is incredibly difficult to make money from Internet pages, I am exceptional, but the average 90 percent resort to deceptive ways. Luckily about 99.99 percent of pages cannot make money under any conditions, but the sites that do are always being tricky.
I was tricky here, I use the words Osama to get traffic, but then to show a photo tip, sort of a bait and switch. But, I did not point at advertising, I point at something that does not cost, reading the blog. I could do it in a horrible way, and the page you arrive at is one big advertisement meant to confuse you until you click.
Forgive my pointing out the fact that your picture of a happy Hobo is no longer relevant . Not one of your ten previous posts have given any information or observation about the country you are visiting , the food available in the markets , the native population or anything of similar interests .
Robin, forgive me for pointing out... this is a Hobo:
A Hobo is a person that travels to work.
A tramp is a person that travels and won't work.
A bum is a person that will neither travel or work.
This post was directly tied in with earning money to travel. However, truly on the earth there are very few perpetual travelers who continue to move.
Perpetual Traveler, Professional Traveler, a Traveler all these words eventually make one realize we live on the road.
The last 10 post or whatnot are about me living as a perpetual traveler, there is no difference, but I am trying to instruct people by example, it is possible to live and travel and also have a normal life.
I would jump off a Cliff if I had to write or thinking only about directly related tourist attractions... aggh, looking at Tourist Traps, truly the gutter of the planet.
I admit though, Haiti was interesting, and Dominican Republic is highly boring from a culturla point of view. This place is for boring tourist, Haiti was for exploring possible worlds.
i have never seen a site quite like this, but i must admit, this is some funny stuff.
Andy, I imagine most pics on photo sites come from flickr. They have 4 BILLION photos you can use for free.
You ar eususally pretty on top of this stuff, surprised you aren't using flickr yourself.
A new photo of Osama would be worth a lot. Plus if you can get him to a Army Base you could collect 25 million dollars TAX FREE !
I was thinking you could pass out flyers that say Free hair cut and a shave done by 77 virgins. Then when you got towel rapped around his eyes dial 911 and tell the girls to keep him talking till the calvery arrives. They got a thing for virgins and that beard is so 2001.
Then you could use the reward money to open a Hobo University. I wrote the school song.
Hobo U Song
I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)
I'd like to build the world a home
And furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees
And snow white turtle doves
I'd like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I'd like to hold it in my arms
And keep it company
I'd like to see the world for once
All standing hand in hand
And hear them echo through the hills
For peace throughout the land
Put your hand in my hand
Let's begin today
Put your hand in my hand
Help me find the way
Only a Hobo knows the way...........