On Monday afternoon, Yahoo’s photo-sharing platform Flickr announced that it would add public domain and CC-Zero licensing options for users who want to share their work freely with the public. Both options allow others to reuse photos licensed in that manner in any way they wish.
In a blog post yesterday, Flickr said that Elon Musk’s private space flight company, SpaceX, was one of the first accounts to change the licensing on its photos.
Musk put hundreds of SpaceX photos up on Flickr last week, initially releasing them under a Creative Commons license, which does leave some restrictions on reuse of the photos (commercial use is not permitted, for example). But when pressed byTwitter followers, Musk agreed to put his company’s photos in the public domain, free for all to use. Still, on Flickr’s platform, Musk had to list his photos as CC-BY, which allows for any type of reuse as long as attribution is maintained, because a less-restrictive option was not available.
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