Upload & Sell: Off
It is probably a minor annoyance, but it also seems a bit odd to angrily insist that a company provide you with free storage and the ability to serve out versions of your photo for free as well.
It seems that you regard the ability to access the file for yourself and so the you can embed it elsewhere has value - otherwise you would care about this if the value was small. Yet you aren't interested in paying anything for this thing of value.
The cost of a Flickr membership, if I recall correctly, is about $25/year... or $2 or...Show more →
Oh, boy. So much is wrong here I don't even know where to start.
First I'm neither angry, nor do I insist that Flickr provide me with anything. I am surprised, astonished, maybe, at Yahoo's policy, but I don't get angry at corporations :-) I also don't think they owe me anything.
Having said that, let me point out that the dominant Internet business model -- I might even say an *expected* one -- is to provide free services in exchange for user content and eyeballs. It doesn't seem to be a bad business model -- looks like it works well for Google which provides me with many more services of value than Yahoo does, and all of them are entirely free. It seems to work well for Facebook as well. And for Pinterest. And for Photobucket. And a very large number of other web-based services, large and small.
Second, Flickr used to provide free access to original files. Now I rarely take things for granted and so always have my own backup for my own files, but I can easily imagine someone who uploaded his original image files to Flickr and then deleted or lost his home copies. Such a person has *lost* access to his files unless he pays Yahoo money -- and that certainly wasn't part of the original bargain between Flickr and its users.
I also wasn't interested in embedding a link to let Flickr spend bandwidth on downloads. I wanted to actually download the file and then re-host it at another place. Turns out I can't do this. This policy makes the value of Flickr to me to be pretty much zero. So that's what I'm willing to pay them. I don't buy drinks at Starbucks, by the way.
And if I may make a general observation, I find the expectation that you have to *pay* for anything of value to be entirely wrong and somewhat disturbing. I happen to think that's a very bad way to think about the world and how it works. And that goes double for the internet :-)