Can You Use Flickr Pics in Ads?

"Virgin Mobile Australia has started an advertising campaign called "Are you with us or what?", which has been collecting images from Flickr released under a CC-BY licence, which allows commercial re-use and modification of the licensed work." (Technollama via Idea City).

Apparently, Virgin didn't have to ask for a permission to use the pictures and they didn't, but people (photographers and subjects) are pissed. All images come with a link back to the photographer's profile. An interesting problem. Here's a lively discussion happening in the comments under one such picture.

On the other hand, Virgin could've handled the situation much more gracefully, like Nikon.
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