Does Flickr respect copyright of uploaded images?

Discussion in 'Help and Feedback' started by Herman, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Herman
    Hi everyone, asked before at this website and just before ( ac ouple days before) at dpreview.

    Does or does NOT Flickr respect copyrighted images?

    Keep smiling, Herman
     
  2. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    You have asked similar things before Herman, and got quite long answers as I remember.
    What do you mean by "respect" Herman?
    Is there something particular you are worried about happening to your images if you post them on Flickr?

    There's also a "Help" forum at Flickr, where you might (if you're very lucky!) get a staff member to respond to a particular concern if you ask
     
  3. staticantics

    staticantics SC Regular

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    Oct 15, 2013
    Central California
    Chris
    Flickr will not patrol use of your images, that burden is on you to be vigilant. They will respect and apply and display any copyright you apply to your images. That doesn't stop people from stealing the smaller images and re-purposing them. But flickr will not sell your copyrighted images.

    Here's an article about Flickr's terms of service:

    http://blog.flickr.net/en/2011/05/13/at-flickr-your-photos-are-always-yours/

    Of course, remember that Flickr is a Yahoo company currently.
     
  4. Will

    Will SC All-Pro

    Aug 30, 2010
    England
    One of my images on Flickr gets a few views almost every day which makes me think it has been used on someones web site. Does anyone know if there's any way of finding out?
     
  5. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    go to Google, click Images, and then in the search bar, click the gray camera icon on the right. copy-paste the url to your image, and google will search for your image on the web. it's pretty awesome :smile:
     
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  6. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Have a google for "tineye"
     
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  7. Will

    Will SC All-Pro

    Aug 30, 2010
    England
  8. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    I've had photos on Flickr for years and have never seen them use my photo without my consent. Others have, but that's another story.

    Last I heard, Tineye's database wasn't up to date, while Google's image search is better.


    You...Stats

    Click on the photo in question (if it is on the list) and the list of directing people to your photo (AKA Referrers) will appear. If it is not, click on "All photos and videos..." and then click "All Time" to find you photo. Then click on it and a list of all time Referrers will be shown.
     
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  9. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Flickr stats are mostly useless for this purpose in my experience.

    What's the evidence for tineye's db Being out of date by the way? I mean, where did you hear it and is the source trustworthy?
     
  10. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Do you know if was on "Explore"? When one of mine gets on Explore, it never dies. Some of them go really viral right away and then slow to a trickle. Some start as a trickle and stay that way. But just about any image that's ever gotten pulled into Explore still has views and favorites and the occasional comment trickling in. It could be that. I'm not sure how to check. Someone here had a web link that would check all of your images that had been on Explore and I used it once but I don't recall what it was...

    -Ray
     
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  11. Briar

    Briar SC All-Pro

    Oct 27, 2010
    Scotland
    Karen
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  12. Will

    Will SC All-Pro

    Aug 30, 2010
    England
    Thanks everyone for your replies. This image has never been on explore and the stats say unknown source for a percentage of the views. I actually don't mind my images being used I'm just curious. A set of my images on the Virgin Music festival get loads of hits each year as the line up is announced because an independant web site has used them to give people and idea of what the festival is like. I'm quite flattered and the guy that runs the site asked me if he could use them.

    Maybe the image is just a slow burner but it is the day in day out consistency that puzzles me. None of my other images show he same phenomenon.
     
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  13. staticantics

    staticantics SC Regular

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    Oct 15, 2013
    Central California
    Chris
    The affiliate links used on this board, strip the referring URL and show up as "unknown". So if you have ever posted a picture on any of Amin's forums (mu43, serious compacts, etc) anyone clicking through would show up as an "unknown" referer.
     
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  14. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Will noted that one of his images gets a few views per day. Sounds like those views are being recorded by Flickr, which does a decent job of tracking referrals. I was once able to track a photo of my foot in a cast to a forum where people wear casts to, ahem, get aroused. True story.

    Last year I discovered that one of my photos had been stolen a couple of dozen times for use on websites, blogs, forum avatars, and funnily, to enter into a photo competition. I started tracking down the unlicensed copies with Tineye but then switched over to Google Image Search because I was getting many more hits. I've heard similar stories from others.
     
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  15. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    On a slight tangent, what's with the boycotting Flickr thing set for Sunday, Dec. 8?
     
  16. TheRubySusan

    TheRubySusan SC Top Veteran

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    Sep 2, 2013
    Henry, IL
    Ruby
    Whattt? How will I ever catch up??? It didn't turn up on the first page of Google results for a "boycott Tlickr dec 8 2013" search.
     
  17. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    I saw that in my Flickr photo stream. Some folks loaded up a photo that is all black with writings about boycotting Flickr tomorrow.
     
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  18. TheRubySusan

    TheRubySusan SC Top Veteran

    646
    Sep 2, 2013
    Henry, IL
    Ruby
    Did they say why?

    Sent from my MB865 using SeriousCompacts mobile app
     
  19. staticantics

    staticantics SC Regular

    136
    Oct 15, 2013
    Central California
    Chris
    They don't like the new interface and are convinced that if they don't use flickr for a day, flickr won't force it on them when the beta period is done.
     
  20. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I think you are doing a disservice to those who are protesting. I doubt very much "they" are convinced of any such thing.