official apology from Flickr founder

May 17th, 2007 by Rebekka in Uncategorized

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im posting this because i feel its important to make clear what my general feelings are toward flickr, in light of recent incidents.

I, personally , am not going to leave flickr. My account runs out in 5 days and im going to renew. The flickr community is a very special thing, and im not going to let a bad move on the part of the people who run flickr , cause me to abandon it. Flickr has had a very positive impact on my life and my carreer as a photographer, and im quite attatched to it.
I don’t feel flickr should be held accountable for the fact that someone downloaded my photos from there for commercial use. I have been aware since day one that this is a risk of displaying your work online, and although i believed i had covered my ass by uploading my photos at 72dpi, 1200×800 pixels, this clearly IS large enough to use for making large prints. Presumably with the help of software that can convert small jpg’s into large tiff files.
Something i was not aware of before.
In light of what has happened, i have decided to limit the dimensions of my uploads to a maximum of 800 pixels across, instead of 1200.

however, just because i was aware of the RISK, does not mean i was ready to accept the fact that someone had indeed been selling prints of my work for thousands of dollars. That is a whole different matter entirely.
Just walking around in an urban area at night may put you in risk of being mugged or raped. People are aware of this risk. That doesn’t mean its their fault if they are indeed mugged or raped, and if the person who commits such a crime is known and openly admits to having done it, would anyone in their right mind tell the victim “see, they’re sorry, just move on and forget about it”

Obviously, copyright infringement is NOT in the same category as causing someone serious bodily harm, but as a comparison i think it gets my point across fairly well.
If people are allowed to just get away with this sortof thing time and time again (and it happens ALL the time, without the artists knowledge) its only going to become a larger problem, and little by little artists will have a hell of a time living off their work, because people will feel its ok to just rip them off.

So , in short, when i posted my account of what the company Only-dreemin had gotten away with, my intent was NOT to place any blame with flickr itself. My point was simply to warn others, and quite simply to VENT. I was extremely upset. I regret that people became overzealous in their eagerness to support me, i never wanted anyone to send threats of bodily harm to only-dreemin. When i said “angry letters”, i meant just that. I felt they deserved them. So im not going to apologize for that part.

It seems clear from Stewarts apology, that this whole fiasco has had quite an impact, which hopefully will spark changes that will benefit all flickr users in the future.

Similarly, the broad discussions on various forums, sparked by my original post, will hopefully help to make people more aware of artists rights, when posting their material on the net.
the widespread assumption that once its on the web, its public property, needs to be disspelled.
I own the copyright to all material i post on flickr.
This means that it can not be used legally for any purpose without my consent.
its really THAT simple.

Thank you to everyone that’s shown me support in the last 3 days.
i greatly appreciate it.

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Freedom of expression?? Telling the truth??

May 15th, 2007 by Rebekka in Uncategorized

not popular with flickr administration, apparently.

so, in case anyone is wondering where my post about my stolen photos , the long caption, and all 450+ comments went (some of them very well written and containing useful information for all flickr users and photographers and web-users in general), it was deleted by flickr.

this photo composite here, remember?:

stolen-photos.jpg

The explanation?

“Flickr is not a venue for to you harass, abuse,
impersonate, or intimidate others. If we receive a valid
complaint about your conduct, we will send you a warning or
terminate your account.”

beautiful.

i find this more than a little depressing. to say the least.

and to think, just earlier today i was talking to a reporter from one of icelands main newspapers, saying what a great thing Flickr is and how its done so much for me and yada yada yada.

i don’t believe i was harrassing anyone. I was doing the only thing left for me to do when i had tried to seek legal assistance, after being victim to having my copyrighted work stolen and resold for profit by a dishonest company. I was told by my lawyer that i should just accept the fact and move on. Im not a big fan of giving up. I simply told the truth.
the fact that people sent harrassing letters to only-dreemin was a direct result of my post, but I myself wasnt harassing anyone. I was simply making it public that someone did wrong by me, and i think that’s a pretty far cry from harrassing some innocent party directly.

im extremely disappointed, to say the least.

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