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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:

The inevitable officially happened. CNET reported Verizon officially inhales Yahoo.

It has already spit out Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s former CEO of five years. What more victims lie ahead? I worry most about one particular entity.

Yahoo owned Flicker. Flicker houses Creative Commons (CC) licensed photos. ImageCodr searches Flickr for these photos and provides HTML-based CC attributions for them.

ImageCodr is my go-to resource for CC images, much more so than any other search engine including Google. Its deep database and excellent attribution are top notch. If I need to illustrate the sharing and use of CC, I highlight ImageCodr as a practical tool.

The Flickr images have been added to the huge CC pool by professionals and amateurs alike. Will this community-based resource persist? If so, Yahoo! Will an effort “for the people, by the people” be swallowed up by corporate greed? If so, so not Yahoo!

Yesterday an RSS feed from a Facebook page reminded me of a famous quote by Alvin Toffler.

The quote was embedded in an image that did not reveal its licence. I used Tineye to do a reverse image search but was unable to find free-to-use alternatives.

So I turned to my usual source of CC-licensed images, ImageCodr. It did not disappoint.

The image I embedded here is not as nice as the one in the Facebook feed. Why did I use it?

  • I have already learnt an important 21st century literacy skill of attributing my online sources. I have also learnt more than one way to find usable images.
  • I chose not to go with the aesthetically more pleasing version because I have unlearnt the need to only impress with visuals.
  • I will relearn how to attribute as the standards of practice evolve.

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