The power of creative commons

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Funny story: Years ago, in 2006 I took a picture of Munich's famous Frauenkirche which you can see below.

Frauenkirche, Munich

The image is posted on flickr using the most liberal Creative Commons license CC BY. This means anyone can use the image for any purposes as long as they publicly state that the image was taken by me. I do this for most of my pictures that don't show people on them, because I believe in this licensing model.

Last week I received an email from a russian company that produces merchandise from all over the world. Apparently they have used the image to sell fridge magnets depicting my image!

This feels like the Homer Simpson moment where he finds out that his picture is used in a Korean dish washing commercial :)

I'll ask them if they will send me one...

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Ha! I remember in 2006 being on top of a tower that has a view like this. Pretty awesome. You're going to be famous. :)

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