Flickr Finally Realizes That Not All DMCA Takedowns Are Legit

from the about-freaking-time dept

A few months ago, we noted how in certain cases Flickr would completely delete images (and comments) when it received a DMCA takedown notice. That meant that even if the takedown was bogus -- as so many are -- after you contested the takedown and could put back the image, you probably lost everything else on that page. That's kind of ridiculous. As Jake Rome alerts us, Yahoo (owner of Flickr) finally realized that perhaps it should change its policy and, instead, put the targeted image in limbo to allow the uploader to contest the takedown:
We want to let you know that we have implemented a global change in the standard takedown process that will benefit the whole Flickr community going forward.

When a photo is removed from the site based on a notice of alleged copyright infringement, we will temporarily show a placeholder and the member will have an opportunity to respond before the image is made unavailable.

If the alleged copyright infringement is found to be fraudulent, the image in question will be restored, and the photopage will look like before.
It's really quite amazing that it took this long for Flickr to realize this was needed.

Filed Under: copyfraud, dmca, takedown
Companies: flickr, yahoo

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 14 Jun 2012 @ 6:19pm

    The cost of doing the "right thing" is now less than the damage being done to them.

    When they threaten to sue you out of business for not jumping fast or soon enough, look at the Google lawsuits, you do the quickest fastest route. When that route starts costing you more business, you look at what the law actually says and modify your practices to follow those.

    Yahoo! is sorta circling the drain, so keeping Flickr going is an effort they need to make.

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