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The Young Zoolander

Despite myself, I quite like Covent Garden.   Lots of fabulous buskers, lots of kinda cool things that you really don’t need.

I went there last year with my brother to check out the Transport for London shop (for all your Underground poster needs) and to buy a t-shirt for some girl he knows, he said it was in exchange for taking him to the airport.  But since we went to rather trendy  t-shirt shop, it would have been cheaper to take a cab (depending on the strength of the dollar, of course).

Don’t get me wrong – their T’s are super-cool.  And I was able to pick up a  t-shirt I’d had my eye on since before our Bill was even born – as in “wouldn’t that be such a cute shirt if I ever had a baby”.   It was a price so high, that I  was tempted to evade an honest answer when Simon, ever the miserly husband, asked me how much it cost.

This morning I had an email from the shop asking me if they could use this image.

I do think my little guy is adorable, but I don’t think much of this picture for either my photography or his cuteness, but I guess they were only interested in the T.

Free for all

Most of my photographs are published under a Creative Commons license, which means that anyone can use them – I only ask that I get credited.   I used to allow it for non-commercial use only, but generally would allow my photos to be used for commercial purposes for free.   The requests were so infrequent that I don’t think I could ever make any money out of it – so I’m generally quite happy to just let them use it.

I use other people’s photos a lot, too in presentations – and though I work for the public interest – I may be stretching non-commercial licenses.  So, I thought – what the heck – I’ll allow people to just use my images.

But when it comes to images of my son, I’ve decided I’m keeping it at All Rights Reserved.   I may have taken the pictures, but they’re not of me.

I can’t decide if I should let him be a child model at all (however limited) and I definitely don’t think I’m going to farm out his image without at least getting a t-shirt out of it.  The one he’s wearing is a little tight these days.