The photo must link back to its photo page

I was doing it anyway, but now Flickr is pissing me off:
Flickr: linking is obligatory

Eventhough it is true:

The Flickr service makes it possible to post images hosted on Flickr to outside websites. This use is accepted (and even encouraged!). However, pages on other websites which display images hosted on must provide a link back to Flickr from each photo to its photo page on Flickr.
from Flickr terms

isn’t it weird to give two options, and more or less say that the second one is illegal? “Good morning sir, you can park your car over there or right here. Unfortunately, in the second case I will have to give you a fine. Have a nice day!”

Maybe this would be a better user interface:
Flickr: embed picture (corrected)

4 thoughts on “The photo must link back to its photo page”

  1. No, it’s not bizarre. It’s a purely semantic issue. You have to read it literally, and you have to make a distinction between *linking* and *posting*.

    The first case says: you can LINK to this photo… Linking is not the same as posting the picture. Of course with the first alternative you are posting it, with the second alternative you can use the URL for linking directly to the image file.

    If you link directly to the image file, you don’t have to link to the photo page (which would be difficult, unless you have 2 links next to one another, of course).

    I’m interpreting this as follows: you can either PUBLISH the picture itself, but then you must link to the photo page, OR you can link directly to the picture file – a link, that is, without displaying the picture on your blog, just the link.

    Read carefully what it says and make the distinction between ‘you can link’ and ‘if you post’. If you read exactly what it says, there is no contradiction at all.

  2. Hi,

    Can you please let me know how to get the above HTML code in Flickr? I have been trying for quite sometime but couldn’t find the HTML code generation option.


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