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  Open Source Photos.
Posted by: OpenSourcePhotos - 02-11-2017, 04:51 PM - Forum: Checkout my Store - Replies (1)

Hi there, I figured I'd use this platform as a way to introduce myself and consolidate some of my thoughts/ideas behind Open Source Photos to give you an idea of what that actually means. I apologize in advance if this is all over the place as I've had a lot of coffee this morning!


Why did you start in this business?

Copyright is deador rather should be drastically changed.

The main idea of Open Source Photos is that trying to use art/photos/videos with the current system of using the big name sites like Shutter-stock can be a pain. There are various licensing options depending how the buyer wants to use the photo, is it a one time use? Is it in a magazine? If so how big is their distribution. Do they want exclusive rights?

You have to "apply" to sell, by submitting some work and having them judge the photo before selling. This is to create more quality images to sell 'their' brand at a higher price than competitors. This can be a little overwhelming to those just trying to get their feet wet in this area. Also the websites like Shutter-stock take a cut of the money from the photographer for offering this service, and it just creates extra paperwork/red-tape.

So the idea I have is to be able to sell your digital goods with an open source mindset, everyone can sell whatever photo they want and be their own store by using a service like to claim ownership of the origin of the image, and then hoping on the 'pay it forward' mentality that if your work becomes frequently used/remixed that good fortune will trickle its way back to you. You see this sometimes on services like reddit/voat where if there is a "re-post" the community tries to give the original video/author credit. Does it work all the time and will people take my stuff and profit and I will never see a penny of it? Most definitely, but applying the wisdom of crowds and hoping that by eliminating all the red-tape and licensing options with a buy it once mentality I can spend more time doing what I want (taking photos/making images) and sell more images for less, rather than try to focus and selling a few amazing images for more than what they are worth.

The idea behind copyright makes sense in terms of protecting an artists work and trying to get them the money they deserve for their work , however it has gone overboard in my opinion. If you think about it, 90% of creations are created of the backs of another idea. It is hard to come up with an original song without subconsciously using a riff you may have heard. Using code from one program to implement it in another creating a new service that didn't exist before. Sure there are the truly innovating who can come up with a unique concept, but most things are a remix already. By applying copyright to everything it stifles innovation and creation. Just look at YouTube's copyright policy which is now banning users/DE-monetizing their videos all because of a 3 second sound clip that matched one in their database. Algorithms are now becoming judge jury and executioner (of profits). What helped the growth of YouTube (the crazy remix videos) is now becoming banned, and I feel in the long term, YouTube is going to be the next MySpace if enough users jump ship to a platform that isn't so riddled with legal paperwork.

What is and I'm quoting from their website, "Create a permanent and unbreakable link between you and your creative work. That link – the record of ownership – can be forever verified and tracked." "Each registered piece comes with a COA, a built in unique cryptographic ID and the complete ownership history. The COA can be verified anytime and printed out" "Transfer, consign or loan your digital creations without losing attribution. Our easy-to-use platform comes equipped with clear legal framework and supports custom contracts."

Basically think Block-chain, Free, Copyright Service for artists.

This creates a proof of each image you upload to ascribe is actually your image. Even if someone then buys my image and tries to re-upload it, my date stamp will still be prior to theirs so the community can look at that and see who is the original author.

I can let my images go with the "Open Source License" - basically the MIT license but replace code/programs with digital files/images.

I am going to also start putting the unique links in the metadata of each image as a sort of copyright proof for the buyer.

What is your target market?

By offering my images cheap, it allows that kid who's 16 who maybe wants some pictures to practice with Photoshop and learn a skill, but he doesn't have a credit card to purchase images offline and he doesn't want to steal someone's work. He can now using bitcoin to purchase a photo cheap and do what he wants with it. I'm not going to track anyone down and demand royalties. Want an easy image for a blog post/forum/website/business header? Buy it once and re-use it remix it as much as you want!

If someone living in a real market city in say India wants to buy a few of my images and make physical printings of them and then sell them on the other side of the world. Why should I get a % of every sale. They did all the legwork of the idea to print this image at their local market, paid for all the cost to create the images, and is doing all of the selling/distributing. They aren't saturating my local area with my own work and it won't affect my profits here. It would be nice to get recondition for my work like with a CC license (this means they can re-mix re-use your work but they legally HAVE to give you credit which again is more red/tape) but I do not require it because if it works out and they want more images, they will come back. Also each image using will be date stamped to me being the author of the image.

If someone wants to take some images and create some themes and sell them on the bazaar - please do it! I feel if you change the photo or are using it in a unique way that you thought of, I shouldn't get any part of that. I simply gave you the blue paint, to which you painted the ocean.

I am then hoping others will go with this idea, letting their art go for cheap and allowing it to be remixed and resold, this then could create a feedback loop where the artists are not only making money off consumers and fans of their work, but the majority of their money will be coming from within the community because the money will flow from one artist to the other as they bounce images/ideas to each other.


I will do my best at keeping the costs as low as possible while still covering transaction cost/listing time. I want to only do images for $1-2 ideally. Rather than try to take 1 amazing work and sell it for $1000, I'd rather have so many images that people want to use because of the convenience that I'm selling 1000 photos for $1. And because of the integration with crptocurrency it makes selling for smaller amounts economically feasible.

Why do you use OpenBazaar and how long have you had an OpenBazaar store?

I love the idea of decentralized services not controlled by single entities. Decentralization is foundation of the internet after all.

So far the community has been very welcoming. I even had 1 purchase on one of my earlier stores before my history got erased because I didn't know how to backup the GUID/STORE from my vps. I had one purchase later and was hoping/waiting on some feedback but it never came through, so I had to use a moderator to get the funds moved from escrow -> my wallet. So I'm grateful for the testing and experience I'm gaining using the platform at an early stage. This will allow me to appreciate the more streamlined clients to come. I still am a relative Open Bazaar newb as I have only been in the community for about a month now.

Even if it doesn't work out to where I can use this as a source of income, I've learned some networking/computing skills I didn't have before. I hopefully can inspire a few people to go down the same route as me with their artwork and this can have a pay it forward mentality. I look forward to watching bazaar grow and this community grow as bitcoin becomes more globally adopted and hopefully we can start a Digital Media Revolution.

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  Onename and blockstack id
Posted by: yambub - 02-11-2017, 02:03 PM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (3)

Hi Folks,
I'm setting up my store and openbazaar app is great . easy to do everything but it gets unclear when I get to the name part. I am trying to set up my name now. I dont get how the onename thing works - is it centralized or what? 

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  Openbazaar News on
Posted by: henryomad - 02-10-2017, 01:33 PM - Forum: Open Bazaar News - Replies (2)

Hello, nice idea for a forum. Thought people would like to know theres a openbazaar news site on

Its got up to date articles posted regular.

[Image: obnews.jpg]

photo share

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Information Welcone and About This Forum
Posted by: andy - 02-10-2017, 12:44 AM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (4)

Welcome to OpenBazaar Talk!

This is created with the intention of promoting Open Bazaar and all the stores and services that are building up around it. Feel free to post here, if you have a question, an answer or want to promote your store/service, website, whatever. All we ask is that it has relevance to Open Bazaar.

This is your forum; new admins and moderators will be welcome. Also any ideas on how we can improve the site. What I put here already is just an example,

As you can see, I have not spent a lot of time on the site, but I will if you think it is a worthwhile effort. I think we need familiar style forum as new users who are less techie come on board, and I can;t do coding, so this is my way of doing my bit. I hope we'll get some good conversations going here and help OB go from strength to strength.

All the best

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Information Advertise for free on the site
Posted by: andy - 02-10-2017, 12:20 AM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (1)

This thread is for "official" store threads. Post about your store, photos, embed a video, whatever you like.

Banner Ads
For a while, we can just accept banners and put them in the page header for free. So if you'd like to advertise, please just post your banner in this thread. 250 x 250 px should fit nicely. Animated is fine, so long as they don't flash, i.e. fading transitions or simple cuts to fit more info in are fine.

The idea of this forum is to promote Open Bazaar and all the possibilities it opens up for us, Profit is not a purpose, so eventually all we will ask is to cover costs, so with 10 ads in rotation, we should be able to do it for as little as 2c in satoshi per day. This would make it possible for anyone to advertise, wherever in the world they are. If server loads get high it may increase, but then you'd be getting more views too. Or we could have more than 3 and rotate them... who knows!

If you can't do a banner ad, no worries, you can have a text ad like what's beneath the header space now. Just put your ad text in a post to this thread. Many browsers don't understand ob:// links yet so it might be better to link to your listing in duosearch or bazaarbay search engines.


Currently working on:

  • Making a sidebar, to make better use of the space,
  • We could fit 2 or 3 ads down the side and then the text column wouldn't be so wide (win-win).
  • Also a javascript ad rotator
but it's all new to me so any help will be appreciated.

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  OpenBazaar Raises $3 Million Funding
Posted by: andy - 02-09-2017, 03:58 AM - Forum: Open Bazaar News - No Replies

The developers behind OpenBazaar, the open-source marketplace protocol powered by bitcoin, have raised $3m in new funding.

The new round was led by BlueYard, a Berlin-based VC fund with a focus on early-stage startups that has strongly indicated its support for decentralized markets in the past. VC giants Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures also took part.


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  Need some linux help!
Posted by: andy - 02-08-2017, 07:27 PM - Forum: Support Forum - Replies (4)


I managed to set up one store on DigitalOcean, following the instructions at openbazaar.zendesk and it's working ok..I've tried since, a few times on other VPSs and haven't been able to get it running. Always dependency probs and suchlike. Being  alinux noob, it would help a lot to screenshare and talk through.

I know it's a long shot, but no harm in asking!

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  @tradedirect - Crafts from Ireland and general store
Posted by: andy - 02-08-2017, 07:05 PM - Forum: Checkout my Store - No Replies


This is really just my test store, while I learn to provide stores for Our friends in places like Africa. (see I put a couple of traditional Irish crafts on there, and will add more stuff soon.

[Image: op_store_fb.jpg]

Any help with this project will be appreciated, the purpose is to help spread OB and BTC where they are most needed!
Free Trade for Africa (and other places too...)

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  Thread posted in wrong place
Posted by: Zek - 02-07-2017, 11:20 PM - Forum: Anything Goes - Replies (1)

Just so you can figure out how to move it!

[Image: Police_cat_FFB12_1_02.jpg]

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  Video Embed test
Posted by: andy - 02-07-2017, 10:48 PM - Forum: General Discussions - No Replies

Video embed test

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