February 1, 2011
A note about Flickr
When you create a Flickr account and share your photos, the photo privacy setting defaults to an All Rights Reserved Copyright. This means that others can’t use your photos in blog posts to share with their friends.
You may know this, but this post is for those who may not be aware.
A big part of Flickr is the community, the action of sharing your photos means literally sharing them. This is where Creative Commons comes in.
The idea of universal access to research, education, and culture is made possible by the Internet, but our legal and social systems don’t always allow that idea to be realized. Copyright was created long before the emergence of the Internet, and can make it hard to legally perform actions we take for granted on the network: copy, paste, edit source, and post to the Web. The default setting of copyright law requires all of these actions to have explicit permission, granted in advance, whether you’re an artist, teacher, scientist, librarian, policymaker, or just a regular user. To achieve the vision of universal access, someone needed to provide a free, public, and standardized infrastructure that creates a balance between the reality of the Internet and the reality of copyright laws. That someone is Creative Commons.
When I write a blog post, I search Flickr for photos licensed with a Creative Commons license. This allows me to use the photo, but still give credit where credit is due.
Have a look at the different versions of Creative Commons licenses available. Then in Flickr, choose the one that’s right for you and make it your default setting. I use Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons, unless I am including photos of my kids.
Now you can easily let people use and share your photos, while also receiving credit and traffic back to your Flickr profile. Cool, eh?
Photo from Flickr by: Franz Patzig