Free Use Photos

Lori Reed and Tony Tallent have started a very cool group on Flickr called Free Use Photos:

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?

2 thoughts on “Free Use Photos

  1. Thomas Kozak

    The Attribution license that applies reads as follows: blockquote cite=” Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). * For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a link to this web page. * Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.”My emphasis. If the group description spells out that the authors automatically grant permission to waive the attribution requirement, that should work, yes?I guess it would still be better to get the “100% restriction-free” status.

  2. eLearning Service Blog

    […] The group description suggests that you can use them in your displays, presentations, publications or anywhere else.   I immediately found some I would like to use in this blog.  You are also encouraged to join the group photo pool and add your own freely shareable photos.  [via Library Crunch]  […]

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