Flickr announced that it is now protecting all public and freely licensed images on its platform, regardless when they were uploaded.
Flickr introduced Creative Commons licenses to its platform back in 2004, and since then the photo-sharing platform has become the biggest repository of freely licensed material in the world, with more than 500 million public works, and hundreds of millions of “stories” linking to them.
These have become so important, that when Flickr announced updates to its free accounts in November, it also announced that freely licenced public photos in excess of the free space provided with any free account, would not be deleted.
“We know the cost of storing and serving these images is vastly outweighed by the value they represent to the world,” explained Andrew Stadler, VP of Product at Flickr, who also announced that the company will now be protecting all public, freely licensed images on its platform from deletion, no matter when they were uploaded. This also includes newly-uploaded content.
“We want to make sure we preserve these works and further the value of the licenses for our community and for anyone who might benefit from them,” he said.
With the announcement, Stadler also explained that users wouldn’t be able to change their image licenses in bulk anymore. The option which was available in the Settings, the Camera Roll, and the Organizr on free accounts, has now been disabled. Stadler detailed the reason for this:
“We’ve done this to prevent community members from flipping all their images to a new license without first understanding the significant implications of the various free licenses we support.”
All members can still change the license on each of their photos individually.
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