Policies & Guidelines
Flickr Community Guidelines
Flickr accounts are intended for members to share original photos and video that they themselves have created.
Things to do
Things not to do
Here's the deal: We like to give second chances. However, when we discover you stepping across any of the lines listed below, we will take action, which may mean deleting your account with or without warning.
Don't upload anything that isn't yours.
This includes other people's photos, video, and/or stuff you've copied or collected from around the Internet. Accounts that consist primarily of such collections may be deleted at any time. Flickr also has a zero tolerance policy towards sharing adult or sexualized content of another person without that person’s consent (Non-Consensual Pornography). If you experience this, report it to us.
Don't forget the children.
If you would hesitate to show your photos or videos to a child, your family, or a stranger on the street, that means you need to set the appropriate content filter setting. If you don't, your account will be moderated and possibly deleted by Flickr staff.
Don't show nudity in your buddy icon or cover photo.
Only content considered "safe" is appropriate for your icon or cover photo. If we find either contains inappropriate content, we'll remove it, mark your account as "restricted" and send you a warning. If we find you doing it again, we'll delete your account.
Don't upload content that is illegal or prohibited.
If we find you doing that, your account will be deleted and we'll take appropriate action, which may include reporting you to the authorities. Don't vent your frustrations, rant, or bore the brains out of other members.
Flickr is not a venue for you to harass, abuse, spam, impersonate, or intimidate others. If we receive a valid complaint about your conduct, we'll send you a warning or delete your account.
Don't be creepy.
You know the guy. Don't be that guy.
Don't use your account to host web graphics or as a replacement for a content distribution network.
If we find you using your account to host generic graphic elements of web page designs, logos, banners, icons, and other non-photographic elements on other web sites, or if you show suspicious upload behavior that impacts the stability of our servers, we will warn you or delete your account.
We don't tolerate spam, deceptive tagging, deceptive photo titles and descriptions, resource abuse, or other abusive means to generate revenue and traffic to your photos on Flickr or elsewhere.
Don't use Flickr for unauthorized commercial activity.
If you are a photographer and you are specifically promoting your own work, you can use your Flickr account to link to other sites where you share or sell your work. If you have a free account and don’t have a Flickr Pro account, you may not link directly to a shopping cart, checkout page, or pricing pages on other sites, and you may not list prices on your Flickr photo descriptions.
If you are a Flickr Pro member, you can use Flickr to promote your photography business, your products, your photography classes, etc. You can link directly to a shopping cart, checkout page, or pricing pages on other sites, and you can list prices for your images in your Flickr photo descriptions. As long as you are promoting your own photography and you aren’t violating the Flickr Terms & Conditions of Use, you are good with us.
Some examples of acceptable use of Flickr if you are a Pro
If you are a wedding photographer, you can share albums with your clients and use Flickr to promote your work.
If you make photo books through Blurb or other companies and want to promote them on Flickr, that’s ok.
If you teach photography classes and you want to promote those classes, that’s fine with us.
If you make and sell products (e.g. cookbooks, origami, custom bricks, craftwork, jewelry, digital products, etc), so long as you are a Flickr Pro member, you can promote them on Flickr.
If you see photos or videos that you've created in another member's photostream, don't panic. This is probably just a misunderstanding and not malicious. A good first step is to contact them via FlickrMail and politely ask them to remove it. If that doesn't work, please file a Notice with Flickr's Designated Copyright Agent referenced in the Flickr Terms & Conditions of Use who will take it from there.
If you don't feel that you can abide by our Community Guidelines as outlined above, maybe Flickr isn't for you. We've crafted these guidelines to ensure that everyone within the Flickr community has a good time.
The Flickreenos, May 9, 2018