Flickr has halted a new service that let people print wall art of any Creative Commons image it hosts, the company announced Thursday.
Called Flickr Wall Art, the program allowed prints of your own photos, photos of “licensed artists,” and anything from the community’s vast pool of Creative Commons art. This last group of images raised ire within the Flickr community.
“[M]any felt that including Creative Commons-licensed work in this service wasn’t within the spirit of the Commons and our sharing community,” Flickr VP, Bernando Hernandez wrote, adding that Flickr was “sorry we let some of you down.”
The company will issue refunds to everyone who has purchased Creative Commons art through the service, and will limit prints to users’ own art and that of “licensed artists.”
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