Last week, Flickr announced some major changes in the app like its free service will operate under new owner SmugMug. The company set 1000 picture limit on free accounts by replacing the 1TB of storage, Any account which is over that limit on 5th of February will have their photos deleted until they don’t get back to the specified number.
Today in a Blog post, the company said that freely licensed photos will remain safe even under the new policy. Also, accounts who have a license with creative common that contains more than 1000 photos or videos won’t have their content deleted. Flickr will block further future uploads to those accounts from 8th January just like it will do with other accounts unless you pay for a pro account.
This rule implements to those who have uploaded photos with a Creative Commons license before the deadline.
“Freely licensed photos are deeply important to us. After SmugMug acquired Flickr, one of the first meetings we had was with Ryan Merkley, the CEO of Creative Commons. We want to keep that partnership alive and strong, and we are actively working on how to grow it for the future,” wrote SmugMug CEO Don MacAskillin a blog post.
On the other hand, Flickr has started working with other organizations nonprofits to offer free hosting, which the new parent company SmugMug has already been doing from quite a while.
“Organizations such as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 350.org, and Second Harvest are already using Flickr to share photos of the amazing work they do. And now we’ll be working with them to ensure Pro isn’t a cost they need to worry about,” the blog post says.
The company said that organizations which are part of Flickr common programs like NASA, the National Park Service, the UK National Archives, and The British Library will not be affected by the new rules. As a member of the program, the organizations already provided with pro accounts.