When
· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · March
· · · · 02 (1 entry)

Pricey Pix · Last night, in the ex­cel­lent Guardian blogs, I ran across this amus­ing pic­ture of the Queen greet­ing four ven­er­a­ble gui­tar vir­tu­osi (Beck, Clap­ton, Page, May); Beck and May look like rock & roll de­gen­er­ates, Clap­ton like an eighth-generation aris­to­crat, and Page like a bank vice-president. The Queen is per­fect­ly turned out, it’s ob­vi­ous that be­ing a Con­sti­tu­tion­al Monarch in­volves less wear and tear than be­ing an ax­e­mas­ter. I gath­er the oc­ca­sion was some­thing of a de­ba­cle since Her Majesty couldn’t ac­tu­al­ly fig­ure out what it was they did. Any­how, for some rea­son I found the pho­to odd­ly charm­ing and com­pelling, and I thought I might run it here some­time. So I spot­ted the cred­it and got my­self a Get­ty Images ac­count and worked out how much it would cost. I can tell you, Get­ty is not set up for blog­ger­s. To start with, I had to spec­i­fy which ar­eas of the world it would run in. Then, I had to sign up for a fixed time pe­ri­od, with the longest avail­able be­ing two years. Fi­nal­ly, they want­ed... wait for it... $235. Uh guys, there are mil­lions of us blog­ger­s, and more ev­ery day. I wouldn’t be sur­prised if a huge num­ber of us would be will­ing to pay a few bucks to some­one like Get­ty for the priv­i­lege of us­ing a pho­to legal­ly. But the price is an or­der of mag­ni­tude too high, and this fixed-term thing would just have to go.
 
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