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Developer Guide: Community


Our members come first. They own the photographs on Flickr, share their photos with the Flickr community, and they're the reason Flickr is a great place to be. They deserve respect and credit for what they create, and you can do so with your application by respecting their rights as the photo owners.

Please keep in mind that the API is a very powerful tool that gives you access to millions of photos by people who are passionate about their images. When designing your app, make sure you respect the licenses and permissions set by the member. Not respecting these is in violation of our Community Guidelines, and the fastest way to get in trouble with the copyright owner, which is the photographer, not Flickr.

Community Guidelines

Honor thy Community Guidelines. In particular:

  1. "Do link back to Flickr when you post your Flickr content elsewhere." Flickr members deserve credit for the content they create, including the useful information around their photo (such as licenses, tags, and geo location). All of this data is maintained on the photo page on Flickr, so when you post a photo elsewhere, you must link back to the original photo page on Flickr (in other words, don't link to urls that look like this "/proxy/", always link to full photo pages such as "/proxy/").
  2. "Flickr accounts are intended for personal use." Flickr is designed for people who take photos, and we are doing our darnedest to respect their privacy and licensing wishes. Each account is to be associated with a single member, and if you want to collaborate with others on collecting some photos together, this is what groups on Flickr are for. In other words, members can collaborate within Flickr groups on pooling together photos instead of within a single account.
  3. "Don't use Flickr for commercial purposes." Flickr is for personal use only. If we find you selling products, services, or yourself through your photostream, we can terminate your account. Any other commercial use of Flickr, Flickr technologies (including the API, FlickrMail, etc), or Flickr accounts must be reviewed and approved by Flickr. If you have other questions or requests about commercial usage on Flickr, please feel free to contact us via the Help links on the bottom of the Flickr pages.

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