There was a thought-provoking article in the Guardian yesterday about the ways in which professional photographers are finding their livelihoods increasingly under attack. None of this is news, of course, but the spectacular growth of online photo-sharing sites like Flickr is both fascinating and terrifying to watch for anyone who earns a living from selling images.
I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions.
Update: Opinions about Flickr seem to vary, depending on who you ask. Here's an example of how big corporations try to use the excuse of low budgets and the supposed naivety of Flickr contributors to pull a fast one. And here's a far more upbeat appraisal... although it points out that Flickr owners Yahoo! are far more interested in generating revenue from advertising on the site than from image sales. At the moment, that is.