Flickr Selling Your Photos With No Compensation To You If You Agreed To Creative Commons
Flickr Selling Your Photos With No Compensation to You If You Agreed to Creative Commons! Well, I hate to say I told you so, but Yahoo, which owns Flickr, has just done what I’ve been worried about from Facebook and other social media sites. Flickr is now selling prints from the hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of images on the Flickr website for as much as $49.00 and giving nothing to the photographer if the photographer was crazy enough to select Flickr’s Creative Commons option. You can find out more about this blatant rip off of Intellectual Property Rights by clicking on this link to the Wall Street Journal story titled Fight Over Yahoo’s Use of Flickr Photos. I’ve not been a big fan of Flickr to begin with so deleting my account didn’t take much. And that is exactly what I did. A big, fat, DELETE ACCOUNT! You can too by following these instructions.
So the cat is out of the bag and only a serious pushback by Flickr photographers will stop this absurd theft from spilling over to others such as Facebook. If enough of us DELETE our Flickr accounts the message will be sent. If you don’t delete your account, you’re allowing a multi-billion dollar corporation (Forty Billion based on this article printed October, 2014 in the Economist) to make even more profit from your hard-earned photos which you receive nothing for (if you were goofy enough to agree to their Creative Commons contract). If you signed this contract, then I guess you get exactly what you signed up for. Nothing! Other than a stick in the eye from the big kahunas sitting in their ivory towers at Flickr. Do I sound a little ticked? Ya think? Why is it that photographers are so VAIN that they are willing to hand their work out to anybody who promises to put it on their wall? Good grief, anybody can give ANYTHING away. It takes confidence and feelings of self-worth to ask to get paid something for your photography. Buck up and do what’s right for your own self-esteem. Take some pride in your artistic endeavors and your devotion to your passion and vision. Those images are yours and nobody else’s unless you choose to give them away. So please make some noise and take a stand and DELETE your Flickr account now. Let me know what you think and what you plan to do in the comments below. Thanks for your interest and support for keeping photography valued as something special.