Flickr and Creative Commons

Flickr is a photo sharing community for professional and amateur photographers alike. The platform boasts a hosting 13 billion photos and a community covering 120 m17194006717_38e20be53b_billion people with 2 million groups in the community alone, which focuses on specific photography niches.

Within Flickr, users are free to choose how they share their photos. They can decide to make them restricted to certain individuals or specific groups or even license them through such agencies as Getty, or through Creative Commons – an instrument that makes the work freely available to all, with slight requirements.

It is vital to understand how various popular licenses, such as CC, work – so as not to overstep the boundaries and violate copyright regulation.

Creative Commons is a non-profit organisation and the name of a type of copyright license in which the owner of any type of art or creative medium may choose the specifics of how their work will be shared. An important point is that Creative Commons is that it is a legal free way of sharing artwork. These types of licenses do not replace copyright – they work together globally. To decide which license you need you just need to visit the Creative Commons website and then work your way through a simple step by step guide that will help you choose the best license for your needs.

There are various types of licenses, among them is the ‘Attribution CC BY’ – which means that anyone may share the work, can modify it, or even use it for commercial purposes so long as they credit the creator for their original work.

The second (and one of the most used) Creative Commons licences is the ‘Attribution – Share Alike CC BY-SA’. This allows users to change and modify as they see fit the artist’s original work but only as long as they too share their work under the identical creative commons license. Users of works under this license are also free to use the works for commercial purposes but only if they follow the specifier stated above.