I have personally collected over 1000 pictures from eBay over the years, all of which I eventually plan to sift through for possible addition to the site. I realize the following is a questionable statement, but none of the pictures I copied in this manner were marked with a copyright of any sort. Because of this, I feel confident in making the following assumpsions:
1) The seller is the actual owner of the photograph.
2) No financial harm could come to the seller since the photograph was shot exclusively for that auction, the auction is over, and the seller has no further use for the photograph.
3) No other possible harm could come to the seller since the background and any other potentially identifying information is removed from the photograph before posting it here. (A perfect example is images 9 and 10 of the Chex Cube
Whenever such a person realizes that their photograph has been copied here against their wishes, their first and only legal step would be to send me a request to remove their photograph from the site... which I would do without delay since it is never my intention to hurt anyone in my attempt to inform the field about an item.
To summarize, I don't see any real problem to using the photographs. Although, in hindsight, I wish I had kept track of the seller id for each auction photograph I copied since I would have liked to include their name in the Contributors list at the bottom of the item page. I will be sure to keep track of this information as I go forward.
Adam, if you would like to contribute eBay photographs to the site, please feel free. If you have the seller ID, please include that information with your contribution. If you're feeling truly ambitious, ask the seller for permission to use the photographs and (if desided) to include his/her name or eBay ID as the contributing photographer.
> Also if i see anything else that is not here would you like pictures of
> any and all different sticker variations. these are of course new items
> that i have not seen here yet.
As a general rule, please submit photographs of ANY twisty puzzle that you can't find here! The more the merrier.
> How many pictures do you still need editing?
I only have a few hundred left from the photography sessions I did last summer, but I have an entire cabinet of unphotographed new additions. I estimate that there are around 100 new items to be photographed which will result in another 400-500 pictures, maybe more.
When I'm sitting there looking at the mountain of work still to go, it sometimes feels like this process will never end. But then I look at the much larger mountain of work already accomplished. Our "continuous" effort over the past two years is definitely getting us there. I can't imagine what it will feel like to have truly processed every single photograph shot, collected or contributed for this site, but it will indeed happen. Sometime in 2005 there will come a time when the queue will be empty.