Flickr and Creative Commons

I’ve nev­er giv­en it much thought as I’ve tried to be con­sis­tent, but Flickr allows users to switch back and forth between Cre­ative Com­mons licens­es and tra­di­tion­al copy­right, despite this being in vio­la­tion of the CC license itself. Most of my work has been pub­lished under a Attri­bu­tion- Non­com­mer­i­cal, Share-alike CC license since I first learned about copy­left sev­er­al years ago. And though I’ve nev­er real­ly con­sid­ered degrad­ing the license back to full copy­right, appar­ent­ly oth­er peo­ple have done so. I don’t know of any legal fights over this (yet), but it seems like it would be a near­ly impos­si­ble posi­tion to defend.

By Jason Coleman

Structural engineer and technical content manager Bentley Systems by day. Geeky father and husband all the rest of time.

1 comment

  1. This has noth­ing to do with your post but-
    Ya’l­lz we should total­ly hang this week­end! Email­ing you tomor­row for a plan! :)

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