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Selling My Work to Strangers Over the Internet

I’ve just looked through your photostream and think your photos are awesome!

Is there any chance you’d be interested in licensing some of them to me for a couple of months?

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I got an email this morning, which read, in part:

I’ve just looked through your photostream and think your photos are awesome! 

Is there any chance you’d be interested in licensing some of them to me for a couple of months?

I’d pay cash and the photo would remain in your account. You will still own it 100%. All you would need to do is add/change the attribution link in the description for the month or two.

The reason I am interested in this is to get some clicks and links back to my site. Please reply if this sounds ok to you or you’d like some more details.

Hmmm. That sounds a bit sketchy, no? How would this contract work, exactly? If I requested $100,000 in cash, how would this guy provide it to me? He would send me unmarked bills in the mail? or more likely, rubles? And while I have accumulated nearly nine million views of my photos on Flickr, I doubt much of that traffic would be redirected to this dude’s sketchy website.

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