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I was reading an article the other day about a photographer who was upset because Flickr removed one of his photos from their site.

He claimed that they didn’t have the right to do that and he threatened to take them to court.

So, I started wondering – does Flickr own my photos? Can they take them down without my permission? As it turns out, the answer is a little complicated.

Read on to find out more!

Does Flickr Own My Photos?

You might be wondering if Flickr owns your photos. After all, you’ve uploaded them to the site and they’re stored there. So what’s the deal?

The answer is a bit complicated, but in short, no, Flickr does not own your photos. However, they do have the right to use them in certain ways.

Here’s a more detailed explanation:

When you upload a photo to Flickr, you retain all ownership rights to it. That means you can still do whatever you want with the photo, including selling it or using it in commercial projects.

However, by uploading the photo to Flickr, you’re also giving the site some rights to use it. Specifically, you’re granting Flickr a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to host, store, and display the photo.

You’re also allowing Flickr to make copies of the photo as necessary for these purposes. For example, if someone views your photo on their phone, Flickr may make a copy of it in a lower resolution so that it loads faster on the smaller screen.

Flickr can also use your photos in marketing and promotional materials. For example, they might feature one of your photos on their homepage or in an email newsletter. If they do this, they’ll give you credit by linking back to your profile page.

Overall, then, you retain ownership of your photos when you upload them to Flickr. However, you are giving the site some rights to use them in certain ways. Make sure you’re comfortable with these terms before uploading your photos.

Are photos private on Flickr?

Yes, photos are private on Flickr by default. To make a photo public, you must first change the privacy settings for that photo.

To do this, go to the photo’s page and click the “Edit” button. In the privacy section, select “Public” from the drop-down menu.

If you make a mistake and accidentally make a photo public, don’t worry! You can always change the privacy settings back to “Private.”

Just go to the photo’s page and click the “Edit” button. Then, in the privacy section, select “Private” from the drop-down menu.

Are photos on Flickr copyright?

When you upload a photo to Flickr, you have the option to choose how it is licensed. This can be done by selecting the “copyright” option under the “privacy and permissions” tab. By default, most photos are uploaded with a “All Rights Reserved” copyright, which means that you, the copyright holder, have all rights to the photo.

However, you can choose to license your photo under a Creative Commons license, which allows others to use your photo for certain purposes (such as non-commercial use or modification) as long as they attribute you as the creator.

You can also choose to release your photo into the public domain, meaning that anyone can use it for any purpose without attribution.

If you are unsure about your copyright status, you can always contact the copyright holder directly. For photos on Flickr, this would be the person who uploaded the photo.

If you are the copyright holder of a photo on Flickr, you can change the license at any time by going to the “privacy and permissions” tab and selecting the new license that you would like to apply.

If you have any questions about copyright or licensing, please feel free to contact us. We’re always happy to help!

Will Flickr delete my photos?

There is no definitive answer to this question, as Flickr’s policy on photo deletion may change in the future.

However, at the moment, it appears that Flickr does not delete photos unless they are specifically marked for deletion by the user. This means that if you accidentally delete a photo or decide that you no longer want it on Flickr, you can always re-upload it.

Of course, this also means that if you do want to permanently delete a photo from Flickr, you will need to do so manually.

To do this, simply go to the photo in question and click the “Delete” button. Confirm that you really want to delete the photo and it will be removed from your account forever.

Does Flickr sell your data?

Flickr does not sell user data, and has never done so in the past. User data is only shared with third-party service providers when necessary to provide a Flickr service (for example, when a user order prints through our printing partner). We do not share user data for any other purpose.

If you have any questions about our privacy policy or how we handle user data, please contact Flickr support.


Flickr has been around for a long time, and it’s one of the most popular photo sharing sites on the internet. While there have been some concerns about privacy and data sharing in the past, Flickr is still a great place to store your photos and share them with friends.

The site has made changes to ensure that your data is safe and secure, and you retain ownership of your photos. So go ahead and upload those vacation pics—you can rest assured that they are safe on Flickr.

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