Last week I decided to duplicate my most recent MVMCP post on another Disney related board. Yesterday I received a post asking if I sold my pictures. The poster stated that he/she would like to have 10 or so framed for his/her home or office. I realize that it could be a bogus post, but if it is not, some major questions have been raised, and I would greatly appreciate feedback from some of the other MC regulars who post their pictures.
First, let me say that I am NOT interested in copyright implications. I don't care. If you are going to talk SOLELY about copyright law please do not post in this thread. Again, I don't care.
Second, this is an issue for me because photography at the Disney theme parks is a hobby. When I first started posting my pictures on MiceChat I received numerous requests to take pictures of people and their familiies in the parks. That was easy to say no to since it obviously competes with the PhotoPass service and my original intent was not to make money off of this.
So, here are my questions:
1. What would you do if someone wanted to pay you for one of your pictures taken on Disney property of Disney attractions.
2. How much would you charge?
3. What do you think of a PayPal or Amazon payment logo for each of our threads? We would of course provide a portion of what we make to MiceChat, of course.
It's really late right now, so I'm too tired to post everything that I have been thinking. I would really like to open up a dialogue about this and get opinions on this. If you want to take the coversation private, just PM me and we can exchange ideas that way as well.
You know, my gut instinct is that making money off of Disney is wrong. But, there seem to be many people willing to pay for the pictures I (we) are posting. And, unlike video, where Disney DOES sell a similar product, they don't seem to be selling pictures of their parks like the ones we usually post. I mean, almost every time I go to the parks people ask me if I sell my pictures - honest! I know that there are many people looking at the pictures I take. For example, since the 17th of November, I have over 160,000 hits on the pictures I posted. In May, for the Pirates Premiere, the counter almost hit 1,000,000 (it reached over 997,000). While it seems wrong to make money, it also seems wrong to ignore this.
So, again, please let me know what you think.