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SmugMug, Flickr, CC

Posted on: April 25, 2018

A few days ago, I found out that SmugMug had acquired Flickr. I received email from Flickr confirming this.

Yahoo acquired Flickr in 2005. Yahoo was then acquired by Verizon, combined with AOL, and put under the umbrella of Oath.

I was worried that these moves would affect the photo storage, display, and sharing service. It turned out to be mostly service as usual. However, the latest move has me worried about how this affects the photos shared under various Creative Commons (CC) licenses.
 

 
Flickr is a wonderful source of CC images. I use ImageCodr almost daily to search for images to illustrate my blog entries. ImageCodr also provides the HTML for attributing the images.

According to the Verge article, SmugMug “intends to keep Flickr as a standalone community and give it more resources and attention than Oath did”. Neither that article or the one by TechCrunch has information about the sharing and use of CC-licensed images. SmugMug’s FAQ does not address this issue either.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that this acquisition is as seamless and uneventful as the ones before it.

Update 28 Apr 2018:

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