Flickr Firestorm – Acts I and II
The folks at Flickr have put the user community in an uproar not once this week, but twice.
First, Flickr mandated users to sign in using Yahoo accounts. This created a 21+ page revolt on Flickr, let alone the 4,400+ posts in the blogosphere.
Personally, I hate having to create a Yahoo login just to access a service for which I pay Flickr. It’s an annoyance for no good reason, as Flickr users aren’t getting any extra features/benefits for using Yahoo logins… so what’s the point?!
To their credit, Flickr is now offering Pro users a per-day refund if the Yahoo login is too much to bear.
Secondly, Yahoo has begun using photos from Flickr users on the Yahoo Wii homepage without their consent, and in violation of the assigned Creative Commons license. Yahoo & Flickr, in their infinite wisdom, have chosen to ignore the noncommercial tags on photos and are showing “wii” tagged photos on a commercial page.
Of the two, I think the second is a much more egregious breach of the users rights. Flickr was one of the first to implement Creative Commons protections. Now all that is for naught.
After another user mutiny, Yahoo is revising the pages and says that they will honor the CC. We’ll see I guess – that’s two strikes on Yahoo/Flickr already this week.
I’m a little disgusted at it all really. Flickr should know better.