Now Flickr is supporting a new license calledÂ United States Government Work, which labels most Obama photos from the White House Flickr photostream. So what prompted the release of this new license?
Most photos on Flickr photos sharing site are labeled â€œAll rights reservedâ€ or bearÂ Creative Commons licensesÂ with â€œSome Rights Reservedâ€œ, should image owners decide to share them with the world. Recently the White House launched theÂ Official White House PhotostreamÂ on Flickr, with some amazing insider photos by their official photographerPete SouzaÂ and released photos under aÂ CC license.
ButÂ Creative CommonsÂ under whose license the photos were released, wondered if the photos were in theÂ public domainÂ and can be used without attribution as the photos wereÂ works created by the federal governmentÂ and not entitled to copyright protection.
TheÂ Electronic Frontier FoundationÂ points to Flickr photostreams of other public institutions likeÂ SmithsonianÂ andÂ Library of CongressÂ which are are labeled with â€œNo known copyright restrictionsâ€Â explainingÂ that the photo is either public domain or is owned by an institution that is not exercising control over the image.
Now Wired noticed that theÂ White House Licenses changedÂ and Flickr introduced a new license called theÂ United States Government WorkÂ which links to theCopyright LawÂ of the United States of America and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code. So you can go through the long document and read the fine print should you decide to use these amazing never seen before photos.