Flickr owns up

This is a great story of one user being enabled to do something wrong to another by a large web company: someone took Rebekka’s pictures off of Flickr and sold ’em. Yes, she has culpability in that loading good quality pictures without watermarks enables anyone to print and sell them (at admittedly some pretty small sizes). But you can also understand that this could never have happened without Flickr. And although it could have happened to anyone, that it happened to Flickr’s posterchild was particularly ironic.

She was understandably upset and complained to Flickr and the Blogosphere. They responded in sympathy. One of the incensed community then posted details of the offending user and what they’d like to do to them. This went a little far. Flickr pulled her photos and all the accompanying comments from their site.

It is evidence of the immense power of the user community, that a full apology from Flickr did not take very long.

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