Free Use Photos is a group where members can share photos that can be used without any copyright restrictions.
These pictures can be used however you would like. No attribution is necessary. All images are free.
Use them in your displays, presentations, publications or anywhere else.
Freedom to use. Freedom to read. Freedom to know. Freedom to share.
The idea is simple. Any photos placed in that group may be used by anyone for any purpose. What a great idea!
And now we have to get Flickr to create a copyright selection that can reflect this freedom. The LOC Flickr page (part of Flickr's The Commons) is able to use a "no known copyright restrictions" label, but that label is reserved for participating museums and libraries and not exactly what we need for the group. What we need for the new Free Use Photos group is a public domain label. Unfortunately, Flickr's most liberal license is the Creative Commons Attribution license, which is a start but doesn't fit the needs of the group.
Robert Scoble recently dropped a lot of his photos into the public domain:
One advantage of putting all my photos into the public domain? People are now uploading them to Wikipedia. Like this entry for AT&T’s CEO. All my photos are in the public domain now. You can use them without even attributing them, or giving me credit (although I do appreciate those of you who give credit for my work). Why do I do that? Because sharing my work with the world has brought me back so much goodness. This is also a gift to the world from Fast Company Magazine, which paid my travel expenses to go to Davos.
But what we need is for Flickr to create a license that reflects the public domain status of the images so that we can avoid any confusion over licensing. Anyone have any ideas?