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Flickr Uploader Gets The Job Done!


Flickr UploaderAs most folks know by now, the photo-sharing site Flickr has increased its free storage to 1 terabyte per account.  That’s 1000 gigabytes, friends, enough to store 100,000 images at 10 MB per, and lord only knows how many from your phone (in the neighborhood of half a million, at a guess).  Marissa Mayer is kicking ass and taking names since she took over as CEO of Yahoo!, and the acquisition and improvement of Flickr is one of the results.

Which is what this post is about.  Flickr Uploader is the best Android app I’ve run across for automatically uploading your phone images to you Flickr account.  You can choose to upload to a public or private folder, upload only when connected to WiFi, only when your device is plugged in, and (of course) choose what images you want uploaded.

I’ve got my Nexus 7 and GS III set to dump everything into a private page, which allows me go sort through the junk and decide what photos I want to see the light of day.  Win-win: display the images I want, and automatically back them up to an essentially limitless place in the cloud.

You can get a 7-day free trial of the premium version.  It’s $4.99 if you decide to keep it, otherwise you can download a less-sophisticated version from the builder’s website and use it for free.  There’s a version for that other operating system, too.

Get it at the Google Play Store — and enjoy!

A FEW WORDS ABOUT FAIR USE AND COPYRIGHT


I see lots of folks nowadays with little disclaimers on their blogs and websites to the effect that copyrighted images and prose that they have posted are under the “fair use” doctrine or for educational purposes or personal use only. Apparently they’re under the impression that by doing so they are somehow protected from problems with copyright violations.

That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Fair use is a defense only after you have been sued!  That means after you have retained a lawyer and spent a pile of money.  Even then you may lose your case and end up paying penalties.

Furthermore, big syndication companies like Getty Images have people who prowl the Web looking for violations.  Their corporate lawyers then send you a letter to the effect that you either license the image (for fees in the low to mid-four figures) or they’ll take you to court.  And they will.  Either way, it’s going to cost you a couple of thousand dollars, and you can still end up with the penalties.

The fact that these people are actively seeking out violations (Getty makes millions a year from this, and no doubt so do their peers) makes this a bit more serious than just the chance of someone seeing that you’ve used their image and asking you to stop.  Add to this the fact that you don’t know if an image listed on — say — Flickr as available under Creative Commons is, in fact, original and you’ve got a case of your butt hanging out in the breeze.  If you got them off Google Images, the chances are excellent that they’re not public domain unless they were published a hundred years ago.

You can’t even trust images from Federal government sites, because if they were taken by an employee while off duty, the employee retains the rights, not the USG.  If they were taken in the performance of official duties, then you’re home free — but how do you know?  Answer: You don’t.

State governments and agencies retain copyrights, and you have no protection legally.  Although the likelihood of a state deciding to sue is small, remember that state budgets everywhere are in a crunch.  It could happen.

Remember, this is worth a lot of money to the companies involved.  You are not safe because you’re just a little guy.

The same things are true, to a lesser degree, about written material.  And it’s a lot easier to track down than images.

The company I write for paid for experts to research this.  You’re getting the information for free.  What you do with it is your business.