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Hi-Res Photos for the Masses! How about that bandwidth?
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posted by hypersloth at 3:11 AM on July 2, 2007


I assume that the flickr members whose work is being re-categorised and downloaded have been notified?
posted by chuckdarwin at 3:19 AM on July 2, 2007


All the photos link back to the original Flickr page, and there's nothing on this site you couldn't get via Flickr. I didn't know there was a law against categorising copyrighted works, chuckdarwin? I'd better let my library know, that Dewey Decimal System is going to get them in trouble with the law...
posted by Jimbob at 3:52 AM on July 2, 2007


Why is everybody being a prick lately? Geez! Love your fellow man, people!
posted by cavalier at 4:14 AM on July 2, 2007


cavalier: there's some stuff in this one that suggests it's been built from the ground up for SEO. Once it does the rounds of the link sites, the ads will get a lot more intrusive. That may be why chuckdarwin's bridling against it.
posted by Leon at 4:20 AM on July 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


But it wasn't even chuck's comment I was talking about! *whimper*
posted by cavalier at 4:21 AM on July 2, 2007


Oops. Sorry, in that case. I'll go stand in the corner...
posted by Leon at 4:24 AM on July 2, 2007


Just do what I do. Flag my comments as derail and move on. Sorry guys, just read too much negativity on the blue this weekend.
posted by cavalier at 4:25 AM on July 2, 2007


I wasn't thinking of legality as much as ethics and manners. If one of my photos was on that page, I'd want to know about it.

Ettiquette.
posted by chuckdarwin at 4:29 AM on July 2, 2007


chuckyD, I admire your ability to dream the impossible dream.
posted by srboisvert at 5:00 AM on July 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


Im in ur flickr, recategorizing ur photos.
posted by Astro Zombie at 5:52 AM on July 2, 2007


Well, let me say (and this may be a first for me) that I really appreciate having this brought to my attention. I love having unusual and striking images (there's a great oranges photo in the circles category) as my wallpapers. Thanks, hypersloth.
posted by oddman at 6:06 AM on July 2, 2007


Somebody's got to, srboisvert! Otherwise, I'd drown in a sea of my own cynicism.
posted by chuckdarwin at 6:21 AM on July 2, 2007


I just got back from vacation, so I put in the name of where we stayed, and got to see lots of good pictures. Thanks.
posted by MtDewd at 6:22 AM on July 2, 2007


Cynicism is more of a desert than a sea. One drowns in a sea of bliss or anihilliation in the Divine. One withers and dies in the desert of cynicism.
posted by Burhanistan at 6:42 AM on July 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


chuckdarwin writes "I wasn't thinking of legality as much as ethics and manners. If one of my photos was on that page, I'd want to know about it.

"Ettiquette."


I only request to be notified if someone has photoshopped a cartoon dick and balls on my forehead or has me fellating a Bush cabinet member. A fella has to draw the line somewhere.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:28 AM on July 2, 2007


Aye Kevin; for a forehead cock and balls probably best to draw the line midway between the eyebrows and hairline. That leaves room for a decently pendulous sack.
It's a question of balancing rights, responsibilities and whatever side a gentleman dresses.
posted by Abiezer at 7:44 AM on July 2, 2007


Cynicism is more of a desert than a sea.

Think of it as a large acidic lake, like Lake Baikal.
posted by geos at 7:57 AM on July 2, 2007


Think of it as a large acidic lake, like Lake Baikal.

I probably don't have any Mongol in my blood (though it would be cool if I did!), so I won't raze your village for besmirching the sacred Lake that fueled the hopes and dreams of a liberator.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:26 AM on July 2, 2007


and there's nothing on this site you couldn't get via Flickr.

Except, if I had set my flickr page up to prevent anyone from accessing "all sizes" on my photo's, I'd be somewhat miffed that some site was overriding my settings.
posted by squeak at 8:32 AM on July 2, 2007


Awfully similar layout to the 'videowall' site recently seen here.
posted by acro at 8:51 AM on July 2, 2007


There's an excellent flickr group for people to post their desktop pictures too by the way, if this mashup rubs you the wrong way.
posted by shanevsevil at 9:27 AM on July 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


Jimbob: "All the photos link back to the original Flickr page, and there's nothing on this site you couldn't get via Flickr. I didn't know there was a law against categorising copyrighted works, chuckdarwin?"

There are laws against using photos that are copyrighted (another, and another) without the rights holder's permission, even if you're just hotlinking to them on Flickr. There are others that are shared with a "non-commercial" Creative Commons license, and I'm not sure if inline ads violate that. Also, the third of my examples has been uploaded to Flickr with "all sizes" turned off. It's only a fluke of the way that Flickr does permissions that allows this site to show the full size version against the photographer's wishes. (I only had to look at a handful to get these examples, so something tells me there's a lot of them.)

Disclaimer: All of my photos on Flickr have full sizes available, and are uploaded with the most-BSD-like attribution Creative Commons license, and I wish that was the way everyone did it. But this is still at best extremely unethical.
posted by Plutor at 10:09 AM on July 2, 2007


I probably don't have any Mongol in my blood (though it would be cool if I did!), so I won't raze your village for besmirching the sacred Lake that fueled the hopes and dreams of a liberator.

Blame Stalin, not me. I bet you could set Lake Baikal on fire now, that would be impressive.
posted by geos at 10:13 AM on July 2, 2007


You'd want to "know about it" if your photos were linked to on this site? That wouldn't take long, I imagine the extra traffic and comments it would generate would let you know you were being featured here fairly quickly :)

Sorry. My attitude on this issue is biased by my loathing of people who upload 640x480 images to Flickr, cover them with watermarks, and/or expect Flickr to somehow "protect" them from being "downloaded". Flickr is about photosharing. Fuck you if you won't even let me put your picture on my private computer desktop.

Good on you Plutor for being one of the good guys.
posted by Jimbob at 3:13 PM on July 2, 2007


Well for all those moaners, the site now only displays photos that have Creative Commons "Attribution", "Attribution-NoDerivs", and "Attribution-ShareAlike" licences.
posted by xlcus at 3:51 PM on July 2, 2007


All the photos link back to the original Flickr page

Err - no, they don't. Unless I'm missing something, they link directly to the static image at the flickr image farm, which is specifically prohibited by Flickr's TOS.
posted by dmd at 5:06 PM on July 2, 2007


Sorry, my mistake. There is indeed a tiny link at the top of the page.
posted by dmd at 5:07 PM on July 2, 2007


http://metafilter.wallpaper.sytes.org/
posted by joelf at 7:12 PM on July 2, 2007


it just searches tags, you can do that with flicker anyways.
posted by joelf at 7:14 PM on July 2, 2007


How nice that the copyright infringer joins us (I refer to xlcus, of course). Welcome to our community. Why perhaps you can find more material to steal from our rich and diverse community?

Could you please tell us exactly how parasitic you feel violating the copyright of others for your own finical gain? For those that are uncertain about what career to take how easy is it to become a bottom-feeder? Do they take applications and resumes, or is the only prerequisite a few extra chromosomes? Still, it must be nice to feel like a big powerful internet man. I can only imagine the respect that must bring.

Thank you, really, the internet is a much better place with people like you around.
posted by oxford blue at 7:16 PM on July 2, 2007


Stop being an ass, oxford blue.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:09 AM on July 3, 2007


xlcus: Don't listen to oxford blue. We appreciate you changing the site to pay attention to the licenses. There have been some recent high profile instances of photos being stolen from Flickr and it's nice to know that you weren't doing it on purpose.

Welcome to MetaFilter, hope you stick around.
posted by Plutor at 4:52 AM on July 3, 2007


Thanks for your warm welcome Plutor.
posted by xlcus at 6:26 AM on July 3, 2007


hi xlcus—the videowall is great too! "awfully similar"... duh.
posted by acro at 8:30 AM on July 3, 2007


squeak writes "if I had set my flickr page up to prevent anyone from accessing 'all sizes' on my photo's, I'd be somewhat miffed that some site was overriding my settings."

You'd better stop uploading those sizes, Flickr's "protection" is so trivial I doubt it would be valid as a protection method under the DMCA.
posted by Mitheral at 3:58 PM on July 3, 2007


well said cavalier
posted by baker dave at 10:29 AM on July 4, 2007


this is way late

You'd better stop uploading those sizes, Flickr's "protection" is so trivial I doubt it would be valid as a protection method under the DMCA.

I agree with you and, pretty much consigned myself to the idea if I put anything online it could be used whether I agree to it or not. But, I wonder why a developer who taps into flickr's API can override a user's preferences. With my limited understanding of how API's work, this seems to be flickrs problem and, not random joe developer who uses it.
posted by squeak at 11:05 AM on July 20, 2007


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