At work I routinely get asked if we’ve got a photo bank – folks in our Department are always looking for ways to add imagery to their web pages or pamphlets or whatever other type of marketing or communications materials they are working on.
We don’t have a corporate photo bank, haven’t for years. Shrinking budgets and overextended resources are to blame. No money to acquire imagery, and no one to manage the licensing and whatnot.
Creative commons to the rescue?
CC licensed images could really help out us govt communicator types always struggling to add some visual interest to stuff thats frequently very dry. And without the cost or time involved to acquire the rights to traditional commercial photography.
I haven’t yet fully thought this through, but since we’re generally not about marketing in the service of making a buck, it would seem like CC licensed images would be a natual fit. And thanks to Creative Commons Canada, it’s really easy to search for CC content.