What is Hatch's Hit List? Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has introduced the Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act (IICA, née INDUCE Act) in the Senate. The bill would make it illegal to "intentionally induce" copyright infringement, but is worded so broadly that it would have all sorts of unintended consequences, one of which is to severely limit, cripple or kill innovation in many different fields. Hatch's Hit List is a daily exploration of some of the technologies and fields that the bill would likely affect. See also, Introducing Hatch's Hit List and the Hatch's Hit List Archives. Send list suggestions to ernest.miller 8T aya.yale.edu.
Today on Hatch's Hit List: Flickr
What is Flickr? According to their about page, they are "almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world." And, honestly, they may not be wrong.
It makes sharing photos online very easy, including publishing them to blogs. More importantly, it allows for collaborative organizing of the masses of photos people now take with digital cameras. The system is really quite something.
Ludicorp [the company behind Flickr] undertakes to obey all relevant copyright laws, however misguided we may all judge them to be.
Translation: Don't violate copyright, wink, wink.
You can create public groups for various interests like "Antique Car Buffs or Obscure Rock Band #33," and won't people obviously include copyrighted photos of such topics? You can search metadata to find exactly the infringing work you're looking for, and there are RSS feeds that will let people know when new infringing works are available.
Flickr is clearly designed to induce infringement.
Want to know more about the INDUCE Act?
Please see LawMeme's well-organized index to everything I've written on the topic, including Hatch's Hit List: The LawMeme Reader's Guide to Ernie Miller's Guide to the INDUCE Act.