[...] both in mainstream news outlets and in the blogosphere. From librarian.net’s short and cheery LoC goes 2.0! post to ArchivesNext’s pondering Is Flickr “legitimate” for archives now that LOC is [...]
Laniel, I don’t see a problem. The photos all are labeled as having “no known copyright restrictions.” And the photos will still be on the LoC site, too. Their FAQ about the project might help you feel better about the plan.
Laniel, I don’t see a problem either. All the Flickr photos are available to the public, unless the account holder sets them to “private”. Plus, Flickr accounts are free, it’s the upgraded “Pro” account that is fee-based.
Now, if you were pointing out a situation like the Justice Department giving exclusive rights to West Publishing Company for all the Law Reporters, THEN I’d be right there with you.
Having read the FAQ, I’m at ease. My concern with any commercial service is that they often make it very easy to put data in, but very hard to get it out. But if their photos are still on the LoC website, all is well.
(Not reading the FAQ is a very non-Web2.0 thing to do. Tsk tsk.)
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