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201808 PUBLISHER= ALEXA INTERNET, September 8, 2018, | commercial = YesImage hosting service>Image/Video hosting service| registration = Yes| owner =| author = Stewart ButterfieldCaterina Fake| parent = SmugMug| foundation = Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 2004| location_city = San Francisco, CaliforniaUnited States>U.S.HTTPS://WWW.FLICKR.COM/JOBS > TITLE=FLICKR JOBS ACCESS-DATE=6 APRIL 2018, PHP / Java (programming language)>Java / JavaScriptTraditional Chinese characters>Chinese (traditional)EnglishFrench GermanIndonesian languageItalianKorean language>KoreanPortuguese languageSpanishVietnamese language>Vietnamese PUBLISHER= FLICKR, 10 February 2014, | current status= Active}}Flickr (pronounced "flicker") is an image hosting service and video hosting service. It was created by Ludicorp in 2004. It has changed ownership several times and has been owned by SmugMug since April 2018. In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed personal photographs and an online community, the service is widely used by photo researchers and by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media.NEWS, Daniel, Terdiman, Photo Site a Hit With Bloggers,weblink Flickr enables users to post photos from nearly any camera phone or directly from a PC. It also allows users to post photos from their accounts or from their cameras to most widely used blog services. The result is that an increasing number of bloggers are regularly posting photos from their Flickr accounts., Wired (magazine), Wired, Daniel Terdiman, 9 December 2004, The Verge reported in March 2013 that Flickr had a total of 87 million registered members and more than 3.5 million new images uploaded daily.WEB,weblink The man behind Flickr on making the service 'awesome again', The Verge, 20 March 2013, 29 August 2013, In August 2011 the site reported that it was hosting more than 6 billion images and this number continues to grow steadily, according to reporting sources.WEB,weblink Flickr Boasts 6 Billion Photo Uploads, Softpedia, 5 August 2011, 1 March 2012, Lucian, Parfeni, Photos and videos can be accessed from Flickr without the need to register an account, but an account must be made to upload content to the site. Registering an account also allows users to create a profile page containing photos and videos that the user has uploaded and also grants the ability to add another Flickr user as a contact. For mobile users, Flickr has official mobile apps for iOS,WEB, Flickr for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on the iTunes App Store,weblink 24 July 2013, Android,WEB, Official Flickr App for Android,weblink 24 July 2013, and an optimized mobile site.WEB,weblink Help: Using Flickr on your phone, Flickr, 4 April 2014,


Flickr was launched on 10 February 2004 by Ludicorp, a Vancouver-based company founded by Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake. The service emerged from tools originally created for Ludicorp's Game Neverending, a web-based massively multiplayer online game. Flickr proved a more feasible project, and ultimately Game Neverending was shelved;NEWS, Graham, Jefferson, Flickr of Idea on a Gaming Project Led to Photo Website, USA Today, 27 February 2006,weblink 4 September 2006, Butterfield later launched a similar online game, Glitch, which closed down in November 2012.WEB,weblink A Flickr Founder's Glitch: Can A Game That Wants You To Play Nice Be A Blockbuster?, Fast Company, 27 September 2011, 30 September 2011, WEB, Lunden, Ingrid, As Flickr Co-Founder Butterfield Shuts Down Glitch, Is He Planning A New Photo Service? 'You Will Know It Well,' He Says,weblink TechCrunch, 24 July 2013, 15 November 2012, Early versions of Flickr focused on a chat room called FlickrLive, with real-time photo exchange capabilities.WEB, Tynan, Dan, Photo Sharing Gone Wild,weblink PC World, 26 July 2013, 24 June 2004, The successive evolutions focused more on the uploading and filing backend for individual users and the chat room was buried in the site map. It was eventually dropped as Flickr's backend systems evolved away from Game Neverending{{'}}s codebase.WEB, Garrett, Jesse James, An Interview with Flickr's Eric Costello,weblink Adaptive Path, 26 July 2013, 4 August 2005, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 10 June 2016, Key features of Flickr not initially present are tags, marking photos as favorites, group photo pools and interestingness, for which a patent is pending.WEB,weblink US Patent Application 20060242139: Interestingness Ranking of Media Objects, Butterfield; Daniel S. ; et al., 26 October 2006, 21 January 2007, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 17 July 2013, Yahoo! acquired Ludicorp and Flickr in March 2005. The acquisition reportedly cost $22 to $25 million.NEWS,weblink Wired (magazine)#Website, Wired, Mat, Honan, The Most Fascinating Profile You'll Ever Read About a Guy and His Boring Startup, 7 August 2014, 21 September 2014, During the week of 26 June – 2 July 2005, all content was migrated from servers in Canada to servers in the United States, and all resulting data become subject to United States federal law.WEB, Data Moving to U.S. Very Soon!, Flickr, 10 June 2005,weblink 4 September 2006, In May 2007, Yahoo! announced that Yahoo! Photos would close down on 20 September 2007, after which all photos would be deleted; users were encouraged to migrate to Flickr.NEWS, Yahoo Photos Going Dark as Flickr Shines On, USA Today,weblink 30 May 2007, Jefferson, Graham, 4 May 2007, In January 2007, Flickr announced that "Old Skool" members â€” those who had joined before the Yahoo! acquisition â€” would be required to associate their account with a Yahoo! identity by 15 March to continue using the service.WEB, Yahoo IDs, Signing in and Screen Names, Flickr,weblink 1 February 2007, This move was criticized by some users.NEWS, Flickr to Require Yahoo Usernames, BBC News,weblink 1 February 2007, 15 June 2007, Flickr upgraded its services from "beta" to "gamma" status in May 2006; the changes attracted positive attention from Lifehacker.WEB, Pash, Adam, Flickr Upgrades to Gamma,weblink Lifehacker, 26 July 2013, 16 May 2006, In December 2006, upload limits on free accounts were increased to 100 MB a month (from 20 MB) and were removed from Flickr Pro accounts, which originally had a 2 GB per month limit.WEB, Flickr Gifts and Unlimited Uploads, Mashable,weblink 26 July 2013, 13 December 2006, Cashmore, Pete, On 9 April 2008, Flickr began allowing paid subscribers to upload videos, limited to 90 seconds in length and 150 MB in size. On 2 March 2009, Flickr added the facility to upload and view HD videos, and began allowing free users to upload normal-resolution video. At the same time, the set limit for free accounts was lifted.WEB, Lowensohn, Josh, Flickr Video Goes HD, Tells Time,weblink CNET, 26 July 2013, 2 March 2009, In 2009, Flickr announced a partnership with Getty Images in which selected users could submit photographs for stock photography usage and receive payment. In 2010, this was changed so that users could label images as suitable for stock use themselves.NEWS, Shiels, Maggie,weblink Getty Taps into Flickr Snappers, BBC News, 17 June 2010, 21 May 2013, {{anchor|2013 Flickr upgrade}}On 20 May 2013, Flickr launched the first stage of a major site redesign, introducing a "Justified View" close-spaced photo layoutWEB, King, Phil,weblink Announcing the Justified View " Flickr Blog,, 28 February 2012, 4 April 2014, browsed via "infinite scrolling" and adding new features, including one terabyte of free storage for all users, a scrolling home page (mainly of contacts photos and comments) and updated Android app.WEB,weblink Flickr Gets A Huge Revamp With Hi-Res Image-Filled UI, New Android App and 1TB of Free Storage, 20 May 2013, Crook, Jordan, TechCrunch, 21 May 2013, WEB,weblink Yahoo Wants to Make Flickr 'Awesome Again', Shara, Tibken, CNET, 20 May 2013, 21 May 2013, The Justified View is paginated between 72 and 360 photos per page but unpaginated in search result presentation. Tech Radar described the new style Flickr as representing a "sea change" in its purpose.WEB, Gary, Marshall,weblink New Flickr: Has Yahoo Lost Its Mind?, TechRadar, 21 May 2013, 21 May 2013, Many users criticized the changes, and the site's help forum received thousands of negative comments.WEB, Shaw, Gillian,weblink Yahoo Acquires Tumblr, Announces Flickr Overhaul, The Vancouver Sun, 17 May 2013, 23 May 2013, In March 2014, Flickr's New Photo Experience, a user interface redesign, left beta.WEB,weblink Flickr's new 'photo experience' leaves beta, offers improved design, faster browsing, Esser, Felix, Digital Trends, 28 March 2014, 12 April 2014, On 7 May 2015, Yahoo! overhauled the site, adding a revamped Camera Roll, a new way to upload photos and upgraded the site's apps. The new Uploadr application was made available for Macs, Windows and mobile devices.By Brett Molina, USA Today. "Yahoo unveils makeover for Flickr." 7 May 2015. 7 May 2015.

Corporate changes

In June 2008, Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield announced his resignation, which followed that of his wife and co-founder Caterina Fake, who left the company on 13 June 2008.WEB,weblink Flickr Co-founders Join Mass Exodus From Yahoo, TechCrunch, 17 June 2008, Arrington, Michael, 21 May 2013, Butterfield wrote a humorous resignation letter to Brad Garlinghouse.NEWS, Fitzsimmons, Caitlin, 'I don't need no fancy parties' says Flickr Founder in Resignation Letter,weblink 24 July 2013, The Guardian, 19 June 2008, London, On 14 December 2008, The Guardian reported that three employees had been laid off as Yahoo! continued to reduce its workforce,NEWS, Johnson, Bobbie,weblink Now Flickr Is Hit by Yahoo Layoffs, The Guardian, 11 December 2008, 16 March 2010, London, and on 30 November 2010, CNET reported Yahoo! was on the verge of a major layoff affecting 10% to 20% of its workforce. Flickr was specifically named as a target for these layoffs.WEB,weblink Yahoo Said to Be Rolling Out Layoffs, Caroline, McCarthy, CNET, 30 November 2010, 24 July 2013, On 13 June 2017, Verizon Communications acquired Yahoo!, including Flickr.PRESS RELEASE,weblink Verizon completes Yahoo acquisition, creating a diverse house of 50+ brands under new Oath subsidiary, PR Newswire, 13 June 2017, WEB,weblink Verizon to Own Flickr via $4.8B Yahoo Acquisition, PetaPixel, 25 July 2016, In June 2017, Verizon reorganised Yahoo!, along with AOL, into a new umbrella company, Oath.On 20 April 2018, SmugMug acquired Flickr from Verizon's Oath.NEWS,weblink Exclusive: Flickr Bought by SmugMug, Which Vows to Revitalize the Photo Service, Gannett Company, USA Today, 20 April 2018, Guynn, Jessica,



Flickr offers three types of accounts: Free, Ad Free and Doublr. The free option includes one terabyte of storage limited to 200 MB per photo and 1 GB per video with maximum length of three minutes. The Ad Free option allows subscribers to avoid advertisements for an annual fee. The Doublr account includes twice the storage of a free account.WEB,weblink Free Accounts, Upgrading and Gifts, Flickr, 21 May 2013, In May 2011, Flickr added an option to easily reverse an account termination, motivated by the accidental deletion of a Flickr user's account, and public reporting of its protracted restoration.WEB, Stephen, Shankland, CNET,weblink Flickr Adds Account-Undelete Option, 27 May 2011, 27 May 2011, Flickr may delete accounts without giving any reason or warning to the account's owner.NEWS, Jeffries, Adrianne, On Flickr Deleting User Accounts,weblink 24 July 2013, New York Observer, 3 February 2011, Before May 2013, Flickr offered two types of accounts, Free and Pro. Free accounts were limited in data storage, accessibility and interaction. Pro accounts received unlimited bandwidth and storage, and allowed users to upload an unlimited number of images and videos every month. New Pro accounts are now offered from $49.99 annually. Old ones remain active, with no plans to retire them.WEB, Warren, Christina, The New Flickr: What it Means for Flickr Pro Users,weblink Mashable, 26 July 2013, 20 May 2013,


The images a Flickr photographer uploads go into their sequential "photostream", the basis of a Flickr account. All photostreams can be displayed as a justified view, a slide show, a "detail" view or a datestamped archive. Clicking on a photostream image opens it in the interactive "photopage" alongside data, comments and facilities for embedding images on external sites.Users may label their uploaded images with titles and descriptions, and images may be tagged, either by the uploader or by other users, if the uploader permits it. These text components enable computer searching of Flickr. Flickr was an early website to implement tag clouds, which were used until 2013, providing access to images tagged with the most popular keywords. Tagging was further revised in the photopage redesign of March 2014. Flickr has been cited as a prime example of effective use of folksonomy.WEB, Vander Wal, Thomas, Thomas Vander Wal, Folksonomy Research Needs Cleaning Up, 17 January 2006,weblink 4 September 2006, Users can organize their Flickr photos into "albums" (formerly "sets") which are more flexible than the traditional folder-based method of organizing files, as one photo can belong to one album, many albums, or none at all. Flickr provides code to embed albums into blogs, websites and forums. Flickr albums represent a form of categorical metadata rather than a physical hierarchy. Geotagging can be applied to photos in albums,WEB,weblink Creating Flickr Sets Video, Goss Interactive, 26 February 2010, 26 February 2010, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 3 May 2010, and any albums with geotagging can be related to a map using imapflickr. The resulting map can be embedded in a website.WEB,weblink Mapping Flickr Sets Video, Goss Interactive, 26 February 2010, 26 February 2010, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 3 May 2010, Flickr albums may be organized into "collections", which can themselves be further organized into higher-order collections.Organizr is a Web application for organizing photos within a Flickr account that can be accessed through the Flickr interface. It allows users to modify tags, descriptions and set groupings, and to place photos on a world map (a feature provided in conjunction with Yahoo! Maps). It uses Ajax to emulate the look, feel and quick functionality of desktop-based photo-management applications, such as Google's Picasa and F-Spot. Users can select and apply changes to multiple photos at a time, as an alternative to the standard Flickr interface for editing.

Access control

Flickr provides both private and public image storage. A user uploading an image can set privacy controls that determine who can view the image. A photo can be flagged as either public or private.WEB,weblink Public/Private, Flickr, 1 October 2011, Private images are visible by default only to the uploader, but they can also be marked as viewable by friends and/or family. Privacy settings also can be decided by adding photographs from a user's photostream to a "group pool". If a group is private all the members of that group can see the photo. If a group is public the photo becomes public as well. Flickr also provides a "contact list" which can be used to control image access for a specific set of users in a way similar to that of LiveJournal. In November 2006, Flickr created a "guest pass" system that allows private photos to be shared with non-Flickr members. This setting allows sets or all photos under a certain privacy category (friends or family) to be shared.WEB,weblink Guest Pass, Flickr, 1 October 2011, Many members allow their photos to be viewed by anyone, forming a large collaborative database of categorized photos. By default, other members can leave comments about any image they have permission to view and, in many cases, can add to the list of tags associated with an image.

Interaction and compatibility

The core functionality of the site relies on standard HTML and HTTP features, allowing for wide compatibility among platforms and browsers; Flickr's functionality includes RSS and Atom feeds and an API that enables independent programmers to expand its services. This includes a large number of third-party Greasemonkey scripts that enhance and extend the functionality of Flickr. In 2006, Flickr was the second most extended site on, Partington, Brian,weblink Ink Interview: Steeev, Utata Daily Ink, 19 August 2006, 27 July 2013,weblink" title="">weblink 31 August 2006, Organizr and most of Flickr's other text-editing and tagging interfaces use Ajax, with which most modern browsers are compliant. Images can be posted to the user's photostream via email attachments, which enables direct uploads from many cameraphones and applications. Flickr uses the Geo microformat on over 3 million geotagged images.WEB,weblink Flickr supports "Geo" Microformat, TechCrunch, 29 August 2006, 26 July 2013, According to the company, {{as of|2009|8|lc=on}} Flickr is hosted on 62 databases across 124 servers, with about 800,000 user accounts per pair of servers.WEB,weblink Bad case of Hiccups!, Kevin Collins,, 16 August 2009, 18 August 2009, For some of the details, we have 62 DBs across 124 servers- accounts are spread across 2 servers each. There are around 800k accounts per pair, give or take some thousand. On one of the pairs, there is a greater number of "active" members who populate it; stats recalculations have been taking some time longer to execute, and the database has not been happy., Based on information compiled by, {{as of|2007|11|lc=on}} the MySQL databases are hosted on servers that are Linux-based (from Red Hat), with a software platform that includes Apache, PHP (with PEAR and Smarty), shards, Memcached, Squid, Perl, ImageMagick and Java; the system administration tools include Ganglia, SystemImager, Subcon and CVSup.WEB, Todd, Hoff, 14 November 2007,weblink Flickr Architecture, 24 July 2013, Signed-in Flickr users can "Follow" the Photostreams of other Flickr photographers. Reciprocating this process is optional. A user's homepage contains a stream of their Contacts' photos at 2/3 screensize.WEB,weblink Help, Flickr, 8 April 2014, Groups are another major means of interaction with fellow members of Flickr around common photography interests. A Flickr Group can be started by any Flickr user, who becomes its administrator and can appoint moderators. Groups may either be open access or invitation-only, and most have an associated pool of photos. The administrator of the Flickr group can monitor and set restrictions for the group, assign awards to members, and may curate and organize the photo content. Recent uploads to a group will sometimes appear on its members' homepages. Group photo pools may be displayed in the "Justified View" or as a slideshow."Galleries" of photos from other photostreams may be curated by any signed-up Flickr user, provided the feature is not disabled by the photo's uploader, these are then publicly viewable.Any Flickr user can post comments to a Flickr photo on its photopage, unless this has been disabled by the uploader, and users can "favorite" a photo. A user's favorites can be viewed in a justified or slideshow display.Users of Windows Photo Gallery, Apple's iPhoto (version 8), Adobe's Lightroom 3.2, Apple's Aperture (version 3.0), and darktable have the ability to upload their photos directly to Flickr. They can also automatically update their status on other Social networking service when they upload their images to Flickr.WEB,weblink Flickr + Facebook!, Flickr, 8 December 2012, Flickr provides a desktop client for Mac OS X and Windows that allows users to upload photos without using the web interface. Uploadr allows drag-and-drop batch uploading of photos, the setting of tags and descriptions for each batch, and the editing of privacy settings.WEB,weblink Flickr Uploader, Flickr, 1 October 2011, Flickr has entered into partnerships with many third parties. Flickr had a partnership with the Picnik online photo-editing application that included a reduced-feature version of Picnik built into Flickr as a default photo editor.WEB,weblink Edit Your Photos! On Flickr!, Flickr, 5 December 2007, 1 October 2011, On 5 April 2012, Flickr replaced Picnik with Aviary as its default photo editor.WEB,weblink Flickr Introduces Users to Aviary as Picnik Ends, Digital Photography Review, 4 April 2012, 18 April 2012, In addition to using commercial mapping data, Flickr now uses OpenStreetMap mapping for various cities; this began with Beijing during the run-up to the 2008 Olympic games. {{As of|2008|10}}, this is used for Baghdad, Beijing, Kabul, Sydney and Tokyo.WEB,weblink Around the World and Back Again, Flickr, 7 November 2008, WEB,weblink More Cities, Flickr, 7 November 2008, OpenStreetMap data is collected by volunteers and is available under the Open Database License. Flickr offers printing of various forms of merchandise, including business cards, photo books, stationery, personalized credit cards and large-size prints from companies such as Moo, Blurb, Tiny Prints, Capital One, Imagekind and QOOP. The Flickr partnership with Getty Images to sell stock photos from users is under review as of early 2014.WEB,weblink Flickr Photos Become Stock Photography at Getty Images, van Grove, Jennifer, 11 March 2009, Mashable, 18 May 2009, WEB,weblink Getty and Flickr to cease partnership, DPReview, 10 March 2014, Barney, Britton,


In March 2007, Flickr added new content filtering controls that let members specify by default what types of images they generally upload (photo, art/illustration, or screenshot) and how "safe" (i.e., unlikely to offend others) their images are, as well as specify that information for specific images individually.WEB,weblink / Help / FAQ / Content filters,, 20 March 2007, 4 April 2014, Individual images are assigned to one of three categories: "safe", "moderate" and "restricted". Users can specify the same criteria when searching for images. There are some restrictions on searches for certain types of users: non-members must always use SafeSearch, which omits images noted as potentially offensive, while members whose Yahoo! accounts indicate that they are underage may use SafeSearch or moderate SafeSearch, but cannot turn SafeSearch off completely. The system achieves a fairly good separation of family-friendly photos and adult content; generic image searches normally produce no pornographic results, with the visibility of adult content restricted to users and dedicated Flickr communities who have opted into viewing it.NEWS, Terrence, Russell, How Porn and Family-Friendly Photos Coexist on Flickr, 7 November 2007, Wired (magazine)#Website, Wired,weblink 24 July 2013, Flickr has used this filtering system to change the level of accessibility to "unsafe" content for entire nations, including South Korea, Hong Kong and Germany. In summer 2007, German users staged a "revolt" over being assigned the user rights of a minor. See Censorship below.


File:Flickr Licenses edit.svg|thumb|250px|Breakdown of (Creative Commons]] license use on Flickr as of 2009Analysis of 100M CC-Licensed Images on Flickr Michelle Thorne,, 25 March 2009)Flickr offers users the ability to either release their images under certain common usage licenses or label them as "all rights reserved". The licensing options primarily include the Creative Commons 2.0 attribution-based and minor content-control licenses – although jurisdiction and version-specific licenses cannot be selected. As with "tags", the site allows easy searching of only those images that fall under a specific license.WEB, Flickr: Help: Photos: How can I copyright my photos?, Flickr,weblink 12 November 2007, Several museums and archives post images released under a "no known restrictions" license, which was first made available on 16 January 2008. According to Flickr, the goal of the license is to "firstly show you hidden treasures in the world's public photography archives, and secondly to show how your input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer." Participants include the National Museum of Denmark, Powerhouse Museum, George Eastman Museum, Library of Congress, Nationaal Archief, National Archives and Records Administration, National Library of Scotland, State Library of New South Wales and Smithsonian Institution.WEB,weblink The Commons: Participating Institutions, 28 November 2013, Flickr, NEWS, Noam, Cohen,weblink Historical Photos in Web Archives Gain Vivid New Lives, In a similar move to harness the public's knowledge about old photographs, the Library of Congress a year ago began adding photographs with no known restrictions to a Flickr service called the Commons. The Library of Congress started with 3,500 photos and adds 50 a week., The New York Times, 18 January 2009, 2 February 2009, In May 2009, White House official photographer Pete Souza began using Flickr as a conduit for releasing White House photos. The photos were initially posted with a Creative Commons Attribution license requiring that the original photographers be credited. Flickr later created a new license which identified them as "United States Government Work", which does not carry any copyright restrictions.WEB, Singel, Ryan,weblink Flickr Creates New License for White House Photos, Wired (magazine)#Website, Wired, 11 May 2009, 21 May 2013, In March 2015 Flickr added the Creative Commons Public Domain Mark and Creative Commons Zero (CC0) to its licensing options.Flickr now offers Public Domain and CC0 designations The Public Domain Mark is meant for images that are no longer protected by copyright. CC0 is used for works that are still protected by copyright or neighbouring rights, but where the rightsholders choose to waive all those rights.



On 12 June 2007, in the wake of the rollout of localized language versions of the site, Flickr implemented a user-side rating system for filtering out potentially controversial photos. Simultaneously, users with accounts registered with Yahoo! subsidiaries in Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea were prevented from viewing photos rated "moderate" or "restricted" on the three-part scale used. Many Flickr users, particularly in Germany, protested against the new restrictions, claiming unwanted censorship from Flickr and Yahoo.WEB,weblink C't, Flickr Filter Raises Eyebrows, Morris, Craig, 14 June 2007,weblink" title="">weblink 30 June 2007, 24 July 2013, Flickr management, unwilling to go into legal details, implied that the reason for the stringent filtering was some unusually strict age-verification laws in Germany. The issue received attention in the German national media, especially in online publications. Initial reports indicated that Flickr's action was a sensible, if unattractive, precaution against prosecution,WEB,weblink Zwangsfilter: Flickr verbietet Deutschen Nacktfotos, Spiegel Online, Lischka, Konrad, 14 June 2007, 21 May 2013, although later coverage implied that Flickr's action may have been unnecessarily strict.WEB,weblink Foto-Portal: Jugendschützer: Flickr-Filter nach deutschem Recht nicht nötig, Lischka, Konrad, 21 June 2007, Spiegel Online, 24 July 2013, On 20 June 2007, Flickr reacted by granting German users access to "moderate" (but not "restricted") images, and hinted at a future solution for Germany, involving advanced age-verification procedures.Since 1 June 2009, Flickr has been blocked in China in advance of the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.NEWS, Branigan, Tania, China Blocks Twitter, Flickr and Hotmail Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary,weblink 24 July 2013, The Guardian, 2 June 2009,

Copyright enforcement

Michael Arrington of TechCrunchWEB, Arrington, Michael, Flickr v. Free Speech. Where Is Their Courage?,weblink TechCrunch, 24 July 2013, 21 August 2009, Michael Arrington, and the Electronic Frontier FoundationWEB, von Lohmann, Fred, Improving DMCA Takedowns at Blogger, Flickr,weblink Electronic Frontier Foundation, 24 July 2013, 7 September 2009, have criticised Flickr for its heavy-handed implementation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act (OCILLA). Under OCILLA, a service provider such as Flickr is obliged to delete or disable access to content as soon as they receive an official notice of infringement, to maintain protection from liability.WEB,weblink U.S. Copyright Office – Copyright Law: Chapter 5,, 18 March 2013, After having one of his own pictures taken down following an incorrect DMCA claim, British comedian Dave Gorman researched the issue and concluded that if the Flickr user was not based in the United States â€” or they were, but the person filing the notice of infringement was not â€” Flickr deleted the disputed content immediately. Even if the user could successfully demonstrate that the content did not infringe upon any copyright, Flickr did not, according to Gorman, replace the deleted content. He argued that this was contrary to its obligations in responding to a counter-notice.WEB, Schofield, Jack, How Dave Gorman Fought Flickr over a Deleted Photo,weblink ZDNet, 24 July 2013, 16 March 2012, Shortly afterward, Flickr changed its policy.WEB, Schofield, Schofield, Dave Gorman Wins: Flickr Changes Deletion Policy,weblink ZDNet, 24 July 2013, 13 June 2012,

Sale of Creative Commons-licensed photos

In November 2014, Flickr announced that it would sell wall-sized prints of photos from the service that are licensed under Creative Commons licenses allowing commercial use. Although its use of the photos in this manner is legal and allowed under the licenses, Flickr was criticized by users for what they perceived to be unfair exploitation of artists' works, as all the profits from these offerings go to Yahoo! and are not shared with their respective photographers, and users were not given a means of opting-out from the program without placing their photos under a more restrictive non-commercial license. By contrast, a similar opt-in program for "licensed" photos does give photographers a 51% share of sales. On 19 December 2014, Bernardo Hernandez announced that Flickr would pull all Creative Commons-licensed content from the program and issue refunds, stating that "Subsequently, we'll work closely with Creative Commons to come back with programs that align better with our community values."NEWS, Flickr scraps plan to sell users' photos as wall art after licensing row,weblink 22 December 2014, The Guardian, 19 December 2014, NEWS, Flickr takes flak for selling Creative Commons photos as wall-art prints,weblink 22 December 2014, The Guardian, 2 December 2014, WEB,weblink An Update on Flickr Wall Art, 18 December 2014, 8 April 2015,,

See also



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