Flickr is a well-known online picture sharing platform, and many of its users have chosen to share their work under a Creative Commons license, forgoing traditional copyright.
This allows for users to differentiate between the types of Attribution License, Attribution-NoDerivs License, Attribution-NonCommercial License, Attribution-ShareAlike License, and finally two forms of Public Domain for their work, leaving creatives in full charge of how they’d like their work to be hosted.
Given the free features of the site and the obvious benefit unknown artists reap from getting their work spread and altered by other users, leading to “getting their stuff out there”, I’m a bit skeptical.
Looser copyright regulations, especially when it comes to visual artwork, can often lead to someone using your personal pictures for questionable purposes – even identity theft, or finding ways to capitalise on your work or altered versions of it. It would suffice to be uninformed about the different forms of licenses for someone to allow a mishap like that themselves, and accidentally pick the wrong kind of license for their intentions, which is why being informed about internet laws is vital.
Nevertheless, Flickr emphasises that it is a community, and seeks to aid and cater to all sorts of people in the creative industries, a concept which has definitely been working. They “want to help people make their photos available to the people who matter to them”, ensuring that photographers get their work spread in an adequate manner.