Underwriting

January 25th, 2006  |  Published in old and busted

Ed’s got an idea:

> To join the service, you pay a one-time fee of N dollars. For those N dollars, I create one piece of art to your specification and add it to the Trove. N is significantly less than I might normally charge for an illustration.

> That one-time fee entitles you to use all the Trove art forever, royalty-free, as many times as you want. All the art in the Trove is yours to command, to use as if it were clip art.

That’s a notion he concocted to sell art to game designers, and it makes me wonder what was in the air last night, because Sven and I were talking about business models for artists in the age of the interweb not too long after he posted that.

It seems like an idea that could work in several areas. Aspiring photographers, for instance, could start up a low-cost royalty-free stock photo service. Something with a local emphasis could work for a photographer, since local companies and agencies might welcome a big pool of stock photos from their own region, especially price-sensitive small businesses.

The idea that the work is injected into the commons is appealing, too, because another part of our conversation last night dealt with the question of how you promote alternatives to the DRM-worshiping, customer-hating greedheads with their hands on the entertainment spigot, something I was wondering about just last month.

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