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Flickr becomes a free use haven (again) with Creative Commons search filters

Flickr is quietly rolling out new image license filters in search — returning the capability to easily search for photographs which are labeled for free use under Creative Commons licenses.

The change, spotted by Search Engine Land, is reportedly rolling out to users now — although the feature is already live on our end.

Flickr’s most recent redesign relegated license searching to the clunky advanced search and creative commons pages. While the functionality was there, it was remarkably easy to navigate away from different license searches, creating a cumbersome experience for users.

The new filters [below] enable a standard Creative Commons license filter, a filter for commercial use, and another for “modifications allowed.”

Flickr License

This isn’t the first time Flickr has buried, and then unburied license filters. A similar incident occurred last year prior to the most recent redesign.

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11 comments
Alex Sol
Alex Sol

Now I have the same old issue with this... How does Flickr know that submitted images are in fact for free use?
I mean someone could take any image from the web and upload it to Flickr under Creative Commons, claiming the images is theirs...

Mike McDonald
Mike McDonald

@Alex Sol  They don't know that anything is really Creative Commons, which is why so much copyrighted work ended up in Adobe Voice. Adobe is just piggybacking on Flickr's search function but not taking into account any sort of verification of true Creative Commons status. 


It's all still "use at your own risk".