I had thought about blogging about this, but decided I'd like to request opinions from members here first to see if what I've noticed is something you've noticed, too.
It seems to me like more and more Flickr users are copyrighting their photos and essentially removing them from the creative commons aspect of the site. I always thought this was Flickr's strongest appeal: I could use creative photography from their creative commons index and credit the photographer with a link in my post, page or what have you. I used to find it very easy to find great photos and use them. Now, more and more, the creative commons advanced search is returning fewer photos (sometimes no more than a couple) for things for which I'm searching, and the bulk of the photos are fully copyrighted and many of them are even under the care of the Getty.
Maybe I've misunderstood what social photographers on Flickr want. I had believed that they hoped their imagery would be shared and used, with attribution, around the web. Are they all waiting for paid magazine deals now?
There is the possibility of attempting to contact the owners of protected photos, but this certainly slows down the spontaneous aspect of what has been widely promoted as the web's best social photo sharing site.
What have you noticed?
Edited by SEOigloo, 04 October 2011 - 02:30 PM.