I know, this is a photography blog, but Flickr, one of the most popular photo sharing sites, has just added the ability to upload and share video. It’s the first hybrid photo/video site that I know of. Videos are limited to 90 seconds in length—much shorter than dedicated video sharing sites—but that’s in line with Flickr’s vision of “long photos.” Very artsy and, as a person who uses photography as his primary artistic medium, I’m quite pleased. Most digital cameras include the ability to shoot short videos so it’s a natural move for Flickr to add video. I can’t wait to start sharing some of my own videos on the site.
In addition to rolling out video, Flickr has doubled the maximum file size for uploaded photos to 20 MB for Pro accounts and 10 MB for free accounts.
Flickr has always been a proponent of Creative Commons and they continue that tradition with video including advice to use ccmixter.org for finding CC licensed music for video clips. At the same time, you just know that this is going to open a whole new set of copyright and licensing issues for Flickr to deal with as some members include infringing music and imagery in their videos.
What do you think? Will you be uploading videos to Flickr?
As one of our most recent polls shows we have photographers of all skill levels here from beginners to experts. We all have different reasons for taking photographs and a different workflow. Part of virtually every digital photographer’s workflow is editing photos in software. So I’m curious what software you use (primarily) to edit your photos. If you don’t see your favorite app in the list, click the link to add it.
The new terms go into effect April 10, 2008. Adobe has cleared up the section regarding use of your photos considerably. They now explicitly state that the licensing rights are “solely for the purposes of operating the Service and enabling your use of the Service” and that you can terminate the agreement “by making [your content] no longer shared. You may terminate the remainder of Adobe’s rights by removing Your Content from the Service.”
This will appease many but I have a feeling there will be a vocal minority who will not think Adobe has taken it far enough. The first version of the license was a misstep that may cause many people to scrutinize Adobe’s licenses much more carefully in the future.
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