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Are You Willing To Let Anyone Use Your flickr Photos?

January 19th, 2008

As the administrator of the Photography for Real Estate (PFRE) flickr group I feel obligated to let everyone that is a PFRE member and posting photos to that flickr group about a dimension of flickr that is not completely obvious. That is, unless you take special care in setting the permissions on your photos that you post to flickr any site on the net can link to you photos. What is more, there are some flickr features that facilitate external linking. There are sites on the net that have used these flickr features to link to photos in the PFRE flickr group. This Christian Science Monitor article indicates that this linking behavior is quite pervasive. Apparently some think of flickr as the new free stock photo source.A simple example of a flickr feature that facilitates linking to others photos is favorites. I used the flickr favorites feature to do the create slide show for the top 36 PFRE photos for 2007 post I did last month. There are many other ways for people to search flickr for photos to display on their website. The flickr widget that I use on the lower right side-bar to display the most recent 5 photos posted to the PFRE flickr group is another example of how any site on the net can be using your photos. Any site can use this widget to display your photos in any (commercial or non-commercial) context. The use may be illegal since flickr usage guidelines say these widgets and feeds are to be used in a “non-commercial” context. However, it could be expensive to find, and stop illegal use.Each flickr member needs to decide if they are OK with this kind of use or of there photos. Some will see it as an opportunity get recognition and exposure. Although if you want recognition and exposure you’d better put your name and/or URL on your photos. Others will object to having their photos used in advertising like situations with out their permission.If you want to prevent linking to your photos here are some steps to take:

  1. Set “Hide images from public searches” check-box on when you upload a photo.
  2. In your flickr account prefs set the API Opt-out check-box on.

With these options set you will be able to post to the PFRE group but restrict external linking to your photos. Note that #1 above can only be done at upload time so to set both if these linking restrictions for existing flickr photos you would have to remove and re-upload photos. This may not be a complete list of what you need to do to control linking to your photos. I must admit there are aspects of this subject I don’t fully understand. For example, I believe Scott Hargis has the 2 restrictions above set yet as I write this I see my PFRE side-bar widget is picking up his photos.

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5 Responses to “Are You Willing To Let Anyone Use Your flickr Photos?”

  • Basically anything you post online, can and will be used in evidence against you…

    …no hang on that’s not quite right is it.

    Pretty close to it though.

  • […] gandlwoods wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptAs the administrator of the Photography for Real Estate (PFRE) flickr group I feel obligated to let everyone that is a PFRE member and posting photos to that flickr group about a dimension of flickr that is not completely obvious. … […]

  • Flickr doesn’t change the image stealing issues. It’s easier to link, to search, to find, to re-use, to show, to discuss. But fundamentally, an image can be stolen if it’s diffused.

    There is no real technical possibility to protect them: if you can saw them, you can copy them. Scan a book, download a jpeg, take a photo of a painting, alt-print screen a flash slideshow. It’s always possible to remove a watermark if it’s still possible to understand the meaning of an image.

    The better way, for me, is to know who could be capable to steal your images and for what aim. For me, as a real estate agent, it’s my local concurrence. It happened to me once (not from flickr but my own website), I read some case law, and now I know how to intimidate thieves.

    On the other hand, flickr’s sharing functions are just great: if it’s not for my paid work, all my pictures are under a CC attribution license, it’s easy to adjust the license for each. And so they can be used for anything, I find that great, like Wikipedia. For example, some of my photos are used on a touristic site (with attribution!) on the Sultan Hassan mosquee in Cairo.

    I think the success of the group (and others) is bound to the sharing features of flickr. I think it wouldn’t be a great idea to make it difficult for others to join.

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