Linking is the legal way, but I'm not sure exactly how that works with FB. Does it show up like a normal image in an gallery? I'm glad you enjoyed the pics! Sorry it took so long to get them up. This week hasn't worked out as planned, so I don't think I'll have the school done. ( I know there's more in there that you've been looking forward to.
I have released originals for certain purposes with a strict license agreement. Deviation from that license agreement carries built-in $1000 penalties. I only release images to people I know will abide by the agreement. The aggravation of court isn't really worth it, and would just make me mad I released them in the first place.
There's a couple of different revenue streams I haven't tapped into yet that will be much more effective than digital sales. Now that the season is coming to a close, I'll be able to publish 2011 and put it to bed, and finally focus on revamping everything for 2012. And the long-awaited autocross photos will finally see the light of day.
The problem with a price is what may end up happening to them. I did some promotional shots for Shelton Wright a few years back. They were to be used for his web site and any promotion for him as long as it had proper credit. Well, Decatur Daily got their hands on those originals and ran them on the front cover of the Sunday sports section without any credit. And then they proceeded to tell me to get lost when I approached them about the copyright issue. For $1, I'm not going to allow publications to make more money than I do off of my own work--there's plenty of other people giving out their work for free that they can take from.
And Facebook has become the world's largest 'free' stock photo service--people are finding their pictures on everything from billboards to Kroger coupons without their permission. If I would've known then what I know now, the minimum I could have sued Decatur Daily for was $150,000 over the use of those photos.
Facebook and linking to forums is actually completely free with my images. There's fb share and like buttons, as well as the Share button in the upper right that makes posting images to forums quick and easy. And I highly encourage it. This is where having that little watermark works for everyone involved--promotion of HCS, and free photos for the users--win-win.
Hey Elon, after dealing with so much unauthorized publication in magazines and newspapers, my hard and fast rule is to simply not release originals. But we've known each other for a while, so let me know what your plans are to do with them and we'll talk about it.