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

Dave

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  • I generally don't even make photos of my children public. Nor do I even talk much about them publicly.

    The people who are interested in seeing them are people that I know and are connected to me through the various social networking sites that I publish photos for immediate connections only.

    My reasoning is there is just too much to go wrong by being public with this information/data and at the same time there is nary a benefit. There are all types of predators on the internet and I wouldn't want pictures of my children causing any prompting in them to attempt to seek them out. Couple that with sharing too much information about them publicly and a would be predator could easily assimilate a story to make my children feel like they were known by me or my wife. Creating a since of safety and familiarity with them should they be approached without my presence.

    This is actually a big concern I have for all the “mommy blogs” out there where parents openly share a TON of information about there family publicly when wee ones are involved.

    Maybe I am overly paranoid, but I rather be faulted for that, than to have something happen to them.

  • Yes, that's also an option too of course. Good point.

  • I take the same approach you do when it comes to this for the EXACT reason you raised.

    I've talked about this before, but I don't understand why Flickr has not integrated a trackback ping similar to all blog platforms so that when a photos is embedded it would let you know. Sure, you wouldn't know when people download an image,but it would at least help with some of the notifications and I would LOVE to know if people use one of my CC licensed images, but it would also wake some people up to them needing to change their licenses.

  • Great point C.C. I would love to see that too. It's too much trouble to go
    into statistics to see if your photos are being used. You would think Flickr
    could implement RSS, eh?

  • They are owned by Yahoo! after all. Even though their CEO is kickin' butt, I still don't see them being as big of a player going forward.

  • It'll be interesting to see where Yahoo! goes. They are making big
    moves in mobile, which is wise.

  • Unfortunately I know that anything I put on flickr or on any web sharing (photo) website is going to be taken by someone. I stopped using my flickr account after reading all these reports of individuals sharing with me how their pictures were being taken without their permission although they had indicated All Rights Reserved with the Copyright Symbol.

    If you don't want your pictures taken then be like Patrick which is not to share pictures of certain things or people. I've taken this route. I've been seeing a lot of pictures of kids on flickr to the point that someone had created a flickr group of children's pictures they found on flickr. I only found this out when I had shared a picture of a family friend and I quickly took my picture out of flickr not thinking that someone would do this.

    This is why I won't upload pictures of kids or people I don't know. I take more pictures of objects than people. You have to be careful nowadays.

    Thanks for sharing..

  • True. I still think sharing some photos of your children is fine, however be
    careful how you tag them. Don't ever use “children” or “kids” as a tag,
    perverts subscribe to searches like that.
    You can also go into Flickr and look at your Statistics to see if your
    photos are being used elsewhere.

    Cheers.

  • So true! Thank you for the tips. I stopped tagging my photos after I saw all this go down.

    I was unaware of using the Statistics to see if my photos are being used elsewhere. I have fortunately been approached and asked to use some photos and I am thankful for that.

    But, I have been uploading my pictures to Snapfish and I only share with my family who I know will only share with family members. But then again I know those pictures can be shared too. The real gems I don't share!!!

    Thanks, Dave! xoxo

  • Unfortunately I know that anything I put on flickr or on any web sharing (photo) website is going to be taken by someone. I stopped using my flickr account after reading all these reports of individuals sharing with me how their pictures were being taken without their permission although they had indicated All Rights Reserved with the Copyright Symbol.

    If you don't want your pictures taken then be like Patrick which is not to share pictures of certain things or people. I've taken this route. I've been seeing a lot of pictures of kids on flickr to the point that someone had created a flickr group of children's pictures they found on flickr. I only found this out when I had shared a picture of a family friend and I quickly took my picture out of flickr not thinking that someone would do this.

    This is why I won't upload pictures of kids or people I don't know. I take more pictures of objects than people. You have to be careful nowadays.

    Thanks for sharing..

  • True. I still think sharing some photos of your children is fine, however be
    careful how you tag them. Don't ever use “children” or “kids” as a tag,
    perverts subscribe to searches like that.
    You can also go into Flickr and look at your Statistics to see if your
    photos are being used elsewhere.

    Cheers.

  • So true! Thank you for the tips. I stopped tagging my photos after I saw all this go down.

    I was unaware of using the Statistics to see if my photos are being used elsewhere. I have fortunately been approached and asked to use some photos and I am thankful for that.

    But, I have been uploading my pictures to Snapfish and I only share with my family who I know will only share with family members. But then again I know those pictures can be shared too. The real gems I don't share!!!

    Thanks, Dave! xoxo

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