I have received a lot of interesting commentary, and support from the bone I had to pick with flickr about a new pro account being designated not public due to the imagery being all snapshots taken in Second Life. The response I did not get, sadly, was from Ana at email@example.com whom I had last asked an appeal.
Most interesting, and useful as ammo, was the comment from Tao, who actually shared a smoking gun URL to flickr’s own blog where it refers to a Second Life images as a “photo”. That should be very clear where flickr stands on these images, eh?
Well, here is the latest appeal fired off into the black void of the flickr help system. I have little faith it will do much, but I gotta try.
I am writing after failing to get a response to firstname.lastname@example.org
in regard to the arbitrary attachment of NIPSA to a flickr Pro account I set up for an educational project. I call your attention to my blog entry, and the string of comments at:
it comes down to a disagreement as to what constitutes a photograph versus a screenshot. I still maintain that the images in the account (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nmc-campus/), taken with a virtual camera inside Second Life are NOT screenshots.
Photography is evolving as a medium, and a fixed definition might bounce make to requiring silver oxides. If the person reading this has never taken a snapshot in Second Life, I urge you to check with someone who has the experience.The act, the process is most certainly *not* a screen grab.
To back my position, I refer to the February 24, 2005 entry on the flickr blog, with an image from Second Life- it is identified not as a screenshot, but as a “photo”:
All I am requesting is a thought out response- I am not trying to make money, explot anyone, just aiming to support the educational projects of my non-profit organization. I have been a rampant flickr praiser (http://cogdogblog.com/category/foto-graphic/) via my own Pro account (http://flickr.com/photos/cogdog) back to March 2004.
It is after all your site, service, and company, but I (and numerous other flickr users who spend time in Second Life) respectfully request an appeal.
Pending that, I very well may be looking at alternative services. C’mon, flickr, where is your compassion, understanding, humanity? hello? hallo……………