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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    John Doe, 13 Jun 2012 @ 11:03am

    They knew it, it took this long to provide a fix

    I am sure they knew this long ago, it just took them this long to provide a fix. They probably had other, more interesting features to build, test and deploy that this one took a back burner. You have to wonder what got delayed to put in this fix? I guess copyright, in this case, isn't helping progress the useful arts but hindering it.

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