Photo Filtering

UPDATE: photobucket responded to my email and restored the censored photo. They did not answer my questions, but simply stated that the image was removed in error.

Recently the filtering system of flickr has been receiving a lot of attention. flickr has enabled regional (Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Germany) filtering policies that restrict access to different photos based on a users’ geolocation. Earlier today I was browsing through my family photos in my photobucket account when I noticed that one of my photos had been censored.

This photo of me and my daughter at the Toronto Blues Festival

has been replaced with

I’ve emailed photobucket asking for an explanation. From the FAQ it appears that they actually delete the photos found (by a software or a human?) to be in violation of their terms of use. That may explain why there appears to be no “appeals” or review process. Also, there was no notification of any kind or any reason given as to why the photo violated the terms of use. I am hoping that photobucket gets back to me with some answers to my questions.


  1. Instead of hosting your photos on Flicker, which doesn’t allow for policy review, no explanation or even notification, and even deletes the evidence why NOT just boycott them?

    The Internet was built on capitalism, because it was supported and create for profit commercialism.

    Ask yourself iIs there any reason at all, why your own PC that already sends and receives packets of data over the Internet could NOT host your own photo website?

    A good society depends on the free availability of facts and opinions, and on the growth of vision and consciousness – the description of what individuals have actually seen and known and felt. Any restriction of the freedom of individual contribution is actually a restriction of the resources of society.

    This communication contains copyrighted material in an effort to advance the understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. This constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material in this e-mail is distributed without profit for research and educational purposes.

  2. The Internet was not built on capitalism. It was built out of a desire to share research scientific (and military) information and then developed for military purposes. Universities, libraries and the public began to adapt and use what became the Internet far before the sweeping commercialization that now drives it.

    This was photobucket, not flickr, but regardless it is easy to use and I don’t have to worry about my pictures being unavailable to my family when my one-year old turns off my computer.

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