Mashable Cat

Mashable Cat

Back in 2009 I was working in my office at home when my wife’s cat Cleo started head-butting my leg. This is her way of saying “Hey!” so I picked her up and put her on my desk. My wife then came into the office, saw my headphones on the desk, put them on her cat, and suggested I take a photo, so I did.

Since I like sharing the photos I take I uploaded it to Flickr and titled it Headphones Cat.

So last week Mashable did a story on 5 New Sites for Deep Discounts on Music and there was my photo!

So how did this happen?

When I published my photo on Flickr, I choose a Creative Commons license that allows others to use my work. The specific license I chose was “Attribution, Noncommercial, Share Alike” which means that if someone uses the photo, they have to give me credit, they can’t use it for commercial purposes, and if they make changes, the new image they create has to have the same license.

Flickr has a nice feature that allows you to search for Creative Commons licensed work. I’ve used it plenty of times. Typically, if I need photos for a presentation, I’ll use photos from Flickr with a Creative Commons license. (And I always provide credit and a link.)

If we get deep into the licensing issues of Creative Commons, there’s great debate over what constitutes “commercial” use. For instance, Mashable is free to access, you are not paying to read their site, but there are advertisements, and they make money from those advertisements. The story could exist fully without my specific photo. It was not a story about the photo itself, though the photo does help support it in a minimal way. These are the sort of issues that are tough to sort out, but for most cases, they don’t come into play.

We told Cleo she was on Mashable, but she wasn’t really impressed and appeared to instead wonder when she’d get her next treat.

April 26, 2011 · Posted by in misc, photo  


One Response to “Mashable Cat”

  1. April on April 28th, 2011 2:30 pm

    Cleo looks so stylish! And the Mashable hit really adds to her street cred.