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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

You May Think This Is Funny, but It’ snot

The snot heard ’round the world!

In the interest of courtesy, I have removed the pointer to the individual’s photo. You’ll note that the link, above, is dead. It was a photo of the photographer’s son which was totally humorous, even though one felt incredibly sorry for the poor kid who was obviously under great distress over something. Personally, I saw no reason not to allow anyone to enjoy what ultimately amounted to a wonderful photograph, but I can understand people have their own wishes and privacy concerns.

So, instead, I’ll turn this entry into one that is still meritorious of the headline I gave it. It comes in the form of some advice. The internet is, by and large, a public medium. Unless you take measures to put content behind some form of authenticated access, if you post something to a web page, it’s there for the world to see—especially if you use a service such as Flickr or Webshots. Sure, you can still assign certain rights to it (something that Flickr provides for a lot more easily than Webshots) but if I can still access it with a simple URL and not circumventing authentication in any way, then I am under no legal obligation to not link to it from my page. Whether I have a moral obligation is a matter for debate. But the bottom line is, if it’s on a public web site, don’t squawk if it attracts a lot of attention from the rest of the world.


» Posted by ALBj at 09:24 PM (ET)
Category: Funny


hi there- i have asked flickr to pull this photo of mine from their blog, and have pulled it from my photostream. i would greatly apprecaite it if you could remove it from your site. I’m not comfortable at all with my son being so viewed (20+ blogs!)… flickr put it on their blog without my knowing, and that’s why it’s being removed… Thanks so much.

» Posted by Samantha
January 22, 2006 12:06 AM

Let’s find what other readers think. My opinion is that if something is posted to the web in a manner that is publicly accessible (e.g. I did not circumvent any protection schemes to access the photo), I’m within my rights to point to it. I realize there are still copyright and distribution rights that the owner possesses, though I’ve linked it here simply as a pointer with no personal gain to be had. Moreover, I suspect that Flickr’s user agreement has language somewhere (though I could not tell you where) that any photo posted publicly that does not have rights assigned to it to negate is fair game to be added to the Flickr Blog. Presently, my intention is to follow Flickr Blog’s lead. If they remove it, so will I since I probably would not have found the photo otherwise. But let me state that this plan might be different if I had found the photo on my own. Beyond all this, if the photographer has a problem with people linking to it, I feel she should simply remove it from her own album, which she appears to be unwilling to do.

So, I’m going to remove the thumbnail that displays the photo on my site, but the link will remain unless I observe that Flickr Blog pulls it.

» Posted by Lee Bennett
January 22, 2006 08:43 PM

Is there any guarentee that the person asking others to pull the photo is actually who she says she is?

» Posted by Queue
January 23, 2006 02:21 AM

I really am me (how do I know you are you?), and if you check, you will see that Flickr has removed my photo from their blog my request. I have also reset my Flickr privacy, downloading, and blogging settings. I realize that I have some chocies to make in the immediate future-it seems I cannot share my photos with some of Flickr and not the whole world.

I’m certainly not trying to interfere with anyone’s right to free speach or to share public material, but I never intended this photo to become public.

Thanks for removing the thumbnail. It was greatly appreciated by me.

» Posted by samantha
January 23, 2006 01:41 PM

Sorry, due to comment spam abuse, new comments on this entry are closed until I find time to upgrade Movable Type and enable registration and moderation.