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Re: I want a virtual Fedora coffee table book and you are going to help me get it.

On Fri, May 23, 2008 at 5:11 PM, Jeff Spaleta <jspaleta gmail com> wrote:
> I really don't want to encourage photo editting. I actually prefer raw
> candids.

I do agree they make for better pictures for a coffee table book.  I
was kind of thinking that only a select number of things would be
allowed.  Say only the components from the logo for example.  Anyway
lets put that to the side and concentrate on raw pictures.  We can
always dust it off if there aren't enough submissions coming in.

>  And I really want a common physical object...because a
> common physical object is going to impose some general consistency on
> how things are framed and takes much effort out of the eventual
> editting down of the material into something like a book.  If you
> encourage too much abstraction when you set up the parameters as to
> what you ask for, then you going to make it much more likely to end up
> with images you simply have to throw out for some reason.

It doesn't matter what the parameters are things are going to have to
be thrown out.  To have a quality final product we actually want to
have to throw out the vast majority of submissions.  Maybe something
like a gallery site (already in the repos) would allow folks to vote
on pictures so the choice wouldn't be a massive effort for one person
or a few people.

> You also need to realize that it might not actually be legal to take
> pictures of things like sculptures in some circumstances and use them
> in commercial ways without the owner or artist's permission. Knowing
> what is allowed can be complicated, and I'd really not encourage that
> sort of thing, and end up having to track down whether or not that
> object in the image is something we can reproduce a likeness of
> commercially. Totally not worth the pain.

I wasn't aware of that.  I was under the impression that objects in
public spaces were fair game.  Sad to find out that isn't the case.
:-(  You're right that would be an awful lot of work and would take
the fun out of the project.


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