Change your photo's license in Flickr

Licenses control how others use your photos. You can restrict others' usage or open it up to them. Flickr gives you a variety of options to choose from.

Manage your photos' licenses

From a computer, change the type of license applied to your photos as often as you like.

One photo at a time

  1. Click on your photo to open it.
  2. Below the "Taken" date, click on the currently applied license.
  3. Select your desired license type to apply it.

Multiple photos at once

  1. Mouse over You | select Camera Roll.
  2. Select the photos you want to change.
  3. Click Edit.
  4. Select your new license from the "Copyright protection level" menu.
  5. Click Save.

Default license applied to new uploads

Your default license settings only apply to new photos you upload.

  1. Click your Buddy icon.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click the Privacy & Permissions tab.
  4. Click Edit beside "What license will your content have."
  5. Select your new license, then click Set Default License.

Licenses supported by Flickr

License Type Info about the license
All Rights Reserved You, the copyright holder, reserve all rights provided by copyright law, such as the right to make copies, distribute your work, perform your work, license, or otherwise exploit your work; no rights are waived under this license.
Public Domain Work To learn more, visit:
Public Domain Dedication (CC0) To learn more, visit:
Attribution To learn more, visit:
Attribution-ShareAlike To learn more, visit:
Attribution-NoDerivs To learn more, visit:
Attribution-NonCommercial To learn more, visit:
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike To learn more, visit:
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs To learn more, visit:
Flickr must set up the following license types specially for your account. Once your account is configured for either of these types, you can only upload images of that one type. To simply release the copyright of your images or declare them in the public domain, consider using the more flexible and widely used Public Domain or CC0 licenses instead of reconfiguring your account.
United States government work

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Contact Flickr to request this license type for your account.

No known copyright restrictions

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