Flickr says Creative Commons photos won’t be subject to its 1,000 picture limit

When Flickr announced for the first time that it would limit free accounts to only 1,000 images, the company announced an exception: while it would remove all the photos in the accounts of that number, all photos with a Creative Commons license uploaded before 1 of November. The 2018 deadline would be allowed to stay. And today, the company announced that it would make the policy permanent: all Creative Commons photos will be allowed on Flickr forever, regardless of the upload date, even in accounts that otherwise would have exceeded the limit of 1,000 photos.

In the light of that change, Flickr is also eliminating the possibility of changing the licenses of the photos on the site in bulk, to make it harder for users just press a button and avoid the limit of 1,000 images. It is also for a good reason: the company says it wants users to think and understand the consequences of making a photo open so that anyone with a Creative Commons license can use it before changing the switch to avoid the limit. It is not clear if users who are already in the limit of 1,000 photos will be able to upload new Creative Commons photos beyond that, but it seems to be what Flickr implies here.

In addition, Flickr is adding "In memoriam" accounts to users who are deceased, which will block the account and keep all the images in it, even for Pro users who would be over the limit of 1,000 when their subscription expired inevitably. To that end, the company has placed a page to send the accounts that must be memorized here.

Finally, Flickr announced earlier this month that it will finally remove the last major vestige of the company's former Yahoo administration: it is eliminating Yahoo's mandatory login requirement and will transition existing accounts outside of Yahoo. Yahoo for the next few weeks.

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