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SpaceX takes advantage of new public domain and creative commons licensing options on Flickr

By Shawn Knight
Apr 1, 2015
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    Flickr has rolled out a couple of new licensing designations that fans of the site have long called for: public domain and creative commons 0 (CC0). With these two options, photographers now have the ability to share their work freely with the public.

    One of the first companies to take Flickr up on its new offering is SpaceX, the private space flight company owned by entrepreneur Elon Musk.

    As Ars Technica notes, Musk placed more than a hundred SpaceX images on Flickr last week under a creative commons license. The particular license did include some restrictions on the reuse of photos but after Twitter followers pressed the matter, the Tesla CEO put the photos in the public domain which made them free for anybody to use.

    flickr spacex pictures photo sharing creative commons public domain photographs creative commons license creative commons 0 cc0

    On Flickr, however, he still had to categorize the images in question as CC-BY which means they can be reused as long as the person using them attributes them. A less restrictive option wasn’t available at the time and now with Flickr suddenly adding new options, one has to wonder if the Yahoo-owned photo sharing site was influenced by Musk’s recent fiasco.

    Note that the default setting on Flickr continues to be All Rights Reserved. The default can be changed in your account settings or you can designate photo licensing on an individual basis.

    Those looking for more information on the matter can click here to learn more about what it means to put a work in the public domain or here for more information on the CC0 designation.

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