Following on from my post about Thing 9, here comes Thing 10 which is focussed on the more legal side of Flickr.
There exists a handy protection licensing device called Creative Commons. This allows a producer of internet-based work, whether it is blogging, digital art or photography, to protect their creativity while also allowing other to share their work.
One good example of this is on a website I’ve mentioned before called DeviantArt. There are people on there who take wonderful photographs and then allow for people to adapt them via Photoshop etc. to create a new piece of art. As long as the original artist is credited then it isn’t breaching any rights of the artist.
Flickr (and others) takes this idea of sharing further and on every entry on Flickr there is a link which will connect you to a page explaining exactly what rights the author has over the work and what specifically they are happy with or not happy with when it comes to reproduction. I have known people who have had their digital work taken by commercial corporations and used in ad campaigns without permission or any offer of royalties, so having some form of a clear and structured legal framework to protect those who often do not make any money from the stuff they publish online, is ideal.
Part of Thing 10 was to search Flickr for photographs that were covered under the Creative Commons licensing. This was fairly straight-forward as the Cam23 instructions were very easy to follow and the Creative Commons logo is pretty easy to spot.
I searched for the highly original term of “books” (never would have guessed my librarian leanings!) and came up with this lovely image:
Image by Ian Wilson
If you actually go onto Mr Wilson’s Flickr (as linked) he actually discusses the books themselves and how he found them which is a fabulous use of the Flickr notes system that I spoke about in my Thing 9 post.
As I’ve said before, I really like Flickr and I believe it to be an excellent resource for any imaging needs, just so long as you respect the rights of the author. As Emma recommends in her Cam23 post, if the photo you want doesn’t have a Creative Commons license then just ask! I have a Flickr account and I would be happy for someone to use certain images for non-profit purposes, just so long as they were curteous and asked first!