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Flickr’s big announcement; all public Creative Commons works will now be free from deletion

Just a few days before Flickr; the biggest photo and video hosting service, is going to start its mass deletion of the contents from its entire platform, company has given a ray of hope to its users with great news.

Last Friday, Flickr announced that it is going to allow the free accounts for not only hosting but also uploading a limit of nearly 1000 of their photos if these photos are licensed freely under the Creative Commons.

That is not all, users can now also switch their current photos to Creative Commons licensing along with being able to upload future photos in a similar manner on their Flickr accounts.

What prompted this mass deletion from Flickr?

After Flickr which is regarded as one of the free hosting services websites, had been acquired by Samsung previous year, the company suddenly announced their changes to the policies of Flickr’s accounts. Under these new policies, free accounts will now be able to only have a limit of uploading only 1000 images. If any photo exceeds this certain limit, they will be automatically deleted. In order to reupload them, the user will have to pay for the Pro account.



The initial date for Flickr to start this mass deletion of photos from its platform was to start back on February 5th but the date has been pushed back to until March 12.

Flickr also earlier announced to its users that the photos uploaded under the public license will be exempt from deletion back on November 1st, 2018.

Flickr’s announcement at that time was as follows,

“We wanted to make sure we didn’t disrupt the hundreds of millions of stories across the global internet that link to freely licensed Flickr images. We know the cost of storing and serving these images is vastly outweighed by the value they represent to the world.”

While this original 1000 photo limit is quite disappointing for many Flickr users, there still is good news in the 1000 photos limit that holds its users together.

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