Flickr’s new owners have promised not to delete photos uploaded under a Creative Commons license. So, while SmugMug has taken flak for limiting free Flickr users to 1,000 photos, the company deserves credit for not gutting the Commons archive.
Flickr Recognizes the Value of Commons Photos
In a Flickr blog post, Don MacAskill, the CEO of SmugMug, explains that photos uploaded under a Commons license are safe from the chop. Flickr Commons Photos will not be deleted, and Creative Commons photos uploaded before November 1, 2018, are also safe.
Thank you to @DonMacAskill @SmugMug for their commitment to preserving the millions of CC licensed photos on @Flickr
We look forward to seeing how communities continue to grow on the platform, working together for a more equitable and innovative future.https://t.co/txh6xTtAWg
— Creative Commons (@creativecommons) November 7, 2018
The caveat is that if a free user has more than 1,000 photos, they won’t be able to upload any more photos, CC license or not, unless and until they upgrade to a Pro account. Thankfully, Flickr is offering free Pro accounts to charitable organizations.