Ian Linkletter

Update: Flickr NOT deleting millions of Creative Commons photos

Discussion created by Ian Linkletter on Nov 5, 2018
Latest reply on Nov 20, 2018 by Laura Gibbs

November 7th, 2018 update: Great news! Flickr has announced they will not delete photos uploaded and marked Creative Commons prior to this month: Flickr promises it won’t delete Creative Commons photos when it limits free storage - The Verge 




I've been processing Flickr's announcement that they will be deleting millions of photos on January 1st and what that means for our Canvas environment. The Flickr integration with the Rich Content Editor has led to a lot of embeds. Blackboard also had Flickr integration, so a lot of them migrated over from our time in that platform.


What are next steps for addressing this issue, which affects all Canvas customers?


  • How can we detect all Flickr embeds?
  • Is there some way to automate the copying of Creative Commons images into courses with proper attribution?
  • When will the Rich Content Editor remove the Flickr integration?


This might be something we could tackle as a community, but because it affects all Canvas customers I'm hoping to see some leadership from Instructure as well.


Thoughts, all?