If you've ever put your pictures up on a site called Flickr, you may want to double-check your settings. Yahoo could be selling your photos as canvas prints and pocketing all the cash.
And you won't see one thin dime. Why?
Because Flickr is a Creative Commons website, meaning that the photographers put photos up online for free for others to use commercially. For example, if you're looking for a background to complete your Christmas card, Flickr could have the perfect photo you need, and you can use it as long as you ask for permission.
The biggest complaint here is that Yahoo is making money and pocketing all the proceeds from Flickr's Creative Commons section. While it hasn't broken any laws, photographers are pushing back at Yahoo saying that the company is taking advantage of the trust that the community places in Flickr.
But some artists could make money off of this canvas print deal. If Yahoo sells prints of photos that are not on Creative Commons, where the artist license is forfeit, then the author will purportedly receive 51% of the profits.
So, if you don't want images of your family and friends being used without your permission to make money, be sure to change the permissions on your photos if you have any in the Creative Commons section.