Copyright Infringement: Market Opportunity for Photographer Bloggers

Updated: 14 October, 2015 seen 408

Lately I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out should I sell my stock photos online or not? I have been thinking of using third party services, like etsy, shopify and others. Yesterday I came up with a solution -  I should probably try to sell my photos on my blog, and I decided to go with Drupal commerce (I'm a Drupal person)

I started my blog more than two years ago, and during this time it has evolved a lot - starting with economical comparisons like Ukraine vs Poland by GDP, ending tasty food served in local Tbilisi restaurants. Now, a big part in my blogs life has taken a photography.

I do write a lot about tourist attractions (I love travel, who aren't right?) for me it's important to illustrate my travel articles with photos, I have gone so far,that I have started to improve my photographer skills, like taking my photography to the next level.

First thoughts on selling stock photos probably came after some person contacted me and asked, can she reus my photos of Tbilisi Hippodrome. I took a look on those pictures and thought - hmm, there is nothing special, please take them and use as you wish (well, just add a caption that I'm the author of those images). And it worked out pretty well.

For more than one year already I'm using fantastic online (and free) app called canva to create head photos for my articles. I noticed that canva offers paid stock photos as well, the price is set as low as $1.00 per one image.

So I did find that there is actually a market to sell my photography. The same bloggers as me, who are not taking photographs, but would like to illustrate articles with decent images and don't end being sued for copyright infringement.  Well I could go the canva way - creating canvas from my pics and then sending them overseas using local Georgian Post or even partner with some online lab to handle all the hard work instead of me. 

Yes, a lot of ideas.

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist.

So I was doing just another short one day trip around Georgia (Kakheti region) when I told this idea of selling stock photos online to friend of mine, In the evening return home I checked new messages on my blog contact form and there it was, a message from Ghergich & Co asking would I agree to re-publish they awesome infographic that clarifies many of the confusing aspects of copyright infringement.

Copyright Infringement: Images You Can and Can't Share on Your Blog

Copyright Infringement: Images You Can and Can't Share on Your Blog info graphic by Vound Software

Copyright Infringement: Images You Can and Can't Share on Your Blog info graphic by Vound Software

So, here you go - a lucrative market opportunity for photographers - there is a huge audience out there, which would probably spend some extra dollars to buy a royallity free stock image from you, instead of just taking another Google Images photo (which might violate copyrights)

Speaking of me - I'm looking to launch mine digital photography section soon - I will keep you updated!

What about you? Are you selling your stock photos online? Maybe you are buying them? Leave a comment, our readers would love to hear!