Jul 13, 2006

Crazy Flickr Rules?

When I started painting, I thought it would be fun to share my scribbles with friends and family and have a record of what I've done in case I accidentally set the real thing on fire.

To this end, I took photos of the buggers and uploaded them to my Flickr account. It didn't cross my mind that this would be against the rules. The beauty of Flickr is that I can upload whatever the heck I want and share away!

In looking around for fellow brushers, I found a "group" called Your Art - Not Photography with a discussion entitled "Flickr's photo only policy." This Flickr policy evidently discourages people from uploading their artwork. As a bunch of these people professed, they got NIPSA'd, or labeled "not in public site areas," a difficult predicament to escape. The commenters in this discussion said Flickr advised them to mark as "may offend" each photo of their art, and Flickr will then evaluate and individually put back in the public sphere the files.

Is it just me, or does this sound backasswords crazy? It would be the same thing if they all of a sudden said, "No more photos of cats!"

All of these images are indeed photos of art, and I was under the impression that Flickr encouraged its members to take photos.

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