Digital Marketing and Social Media Strategy

Your Baby is on Flickr

Photo from Flickr by: DonDiegoSharing is caring, or that’s what I tell my kids. Seriously though, I’m all for sharing, which is why I license most of my content under Creative Commons.

Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from “All Rights Reserved” to “Some Rights Reserved.”

I just read an interesting post on Read Write Web about the number of Creative Commons licensed images on Flickr declining.

The growth rate for CC-licensed images on Flickr is slowing, however. The growth rate has slowed down from 13% in April 2006, to 4% in November 2008. Currently, the growth rate is holding stable at 4% per month.

The post mentions that according to a new study, most Flickr users opt to license their images under the most restrictive CC license.

I fully support Creative Commons, but there is something I am noticing these days. When I search for an image to use for a blog post, I see family photos available. I have a feeling that the photographers of these baby photos don’t realize they are making them available. Personally, I would not be comfortable with people using photos of my children in their work, certainly not without my permission first.

Have a look for yourself.

My permission settings automatically make my photos available under Creative Commons first, I go back and change the settings on the photos of my children.

If you want to make sure that all of your photos are covered under a Creative Commons license, just head to the Privacy & Permissions tab in your Flickr account settings, where you will find a Defaults for new uploads section. From there, you can change your default license. If you never changed it, it will currently mark all your new uploads as “all rights reserved.”

What do you think? Do you think these people realize they are making their baby photos available? Would you share photos of your children?

Photo from Flickr by: DonDiego


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