Flickr Publish Guidelines

There’s been some controversy over Flickr – do they allow posting of drawings or not? What if you take a photo of your drawing? Does that count?

They’ve cleared things up now, by posting their guidelines, and it seems pretty reasonably, but it does make it clear that they want the site to be for photographs, not drawings…

With some exceptions, it’s OK to post other images, but if the majority of your photostream contains content other than photographs (like illustrations, screenshots, diagrams, etc.) it’s very likely that your account will be marked Not in Public Site Areas (NIPSA). NIPSA means your photos won’t show up in photo searches, but they will still be visible in your pages, your groups and contacts.

They’ve also set a policy for hotlinking. Flickr is one of the few sites you can use to host photos that you’re actually posting elsewhere. You can post the images on your blog, but have them hosted at Flickr, so they deal with the bandwidth of serving all those pictures, whilst you reap the rewards of having lots of pictures on your blog. The rule they’ve set is that you can still do this, but you have to link to the picture on Flickr

pages on other websites that display images hosted on flickr.com must provide a link back to Flickr from each photo to its photo page on Flickr.

Again, this seems reasonable to me, and it’s the way most people have used this feature anyway. It may limit some people’s usage, but now it’s part of Yahoo!, they probably can’t go around giving something for nothing.

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