Not now, and they'd have to notify you if they were going to make any changes, but SmugMugs terms are OK re your photo rights. If you're worried you can read up here:i'm too caned to make sense presently does it have any implications re rights?
SmugMug doesn't claim any copyright or any other ownership rights to your photos, videos and other media.
When you upload your photos and videos to our website, you are giving SmugMug certain rights to use your content to provide you with our services, like the ability to display, license, and sell your content for you at your direction.
I agree with that, although it’s a bummer if you have lots of photos in it of course and don’t want to pay, and I’ve heard net archivist types saying it’s going to be a bit disastrous to suddenly and almost randomly lose a lot of images on the net.In 2013, Yahoo lost sight of what makes Flickr truly special and responded to a changing landscape in online photo sharing by giving every Flickr user a staggering terabyte of free storage. This, and numerous related changes to the Flickr product during that time, had strongly negative consequences.
First, and most crucially, the free terabyte largely attracted members who were drawn by the free storage, not by engagement with other lovers of photography. This caused a significant tonal shift in our platform, away from the community interaction and exploration of shared interests that makes Flickr the best shared home for photographers in the world. We know those of you who value a vibrant community didn’t like this shift, and with this change we’re re-committing Flickr to focus on fostering this interaction.
Second, you can tell a lot about a product by how it makes money. Giving away vast amounts of storage creates data that can be sold to advertisers, with the inevitable result being that advertisers’ interests are prioritized over yours. Reducing the free storage offering ensures that we run Flickr on subscriptions, which guarantees that our focus is always on how to make your experience better. SmugMug, the photography company that recently acquired Flickr from Yahoo, has long had a saying that resonates deeply with the Flickr team and the way we believe we can best serve your needs: “You are not our product. You are our priority.” We want to build features and experiences that delight you, not our advertisers; ensuring that our members are also our customers makes this possible.
Third, making storage free had the unfortunate effect of signaling to an entire generation of Flickr members that storage—and even Flickr itself—isn’t worth paying for. Nothing could be further from the truth: there is no place like Flickr to share, to discover, to learn, and to interact around photography. And because storing tens of billions of Flickr members’ photos is staggeringly expensive, we need our most-active members to help us continue investing in Flickr’s stability, growth, and innovation.
If you're a pro user the limit doesn't apply to you.I'm a pro user with 33,035 Photos! 1000 photos limit? Madness! Especially for people who have been using it for years and years. Hopefully this will be covered in my plan *goes to check*
Pretty much exactly what I'm thinking.So going into more detail about the benefits of a pro account at the moment.
There are some third party offers: 15% off Adobe CC, $35 off Blurb photo books up to four times a year, discount on some preset bundle, 50% off SmugMug membership (eh? why would you want both?). Personally those are all worthless to me apart from maybe a discount on Blurb books, which would actually be worth nearly three times the cost of a subscription if you used it all four times, which seems quite generous. I guess they know that not many people will take it up. But I don't want any of the rest. In the broader market, CC discount would probably be the biggest seller out of those, even if I don't care personally.
As for the built-in advantages...
- Advanced stats: I don't care enough to for it to influence my decision, but I can see that it would be worthwhile for some, if there was a good gallery/portfolio system in Flickr, which there isn't right now, or a better community whose attention you actually cared about.
- Ad-free browsing: I have an ad blocker and I don't care if anyone else sees ads next to my photos.
- Auto-uploadr: I actively don't want to do this, Flickr is not a photo backup system for me - and in general it goes against their idea of having Flickr as a service for photographers rather than a big digital bucket. But I guess they're hardly going to get rid of it, given that it already exists. Wouldn't be surprised if it gets dropped at some point though.
Unlimited storage too obviously but that's not big a seller to me either - as I mentioned I don't use it as a backup system - and it's not that distinctive in the market. The idea of losing metadata and comments on a few old photos is a slight negative, but tbh, it wouldn't affect my life at all, and doing that if I let my subscription lapse would mean I would then be much less likely to go back to Flickr. And that's basically it.
I'll probably renew it in Feburary ($50 a year still isn't a massive sum and it's a bit early to tell) but if there aren't new features in a year, or a general improvement in the environment that makes it socially much more interesting, it's running the risk of getting the chop when I next go on a subscription culling economy drive.
The CC discount appears to only apply to the full suite which is annoying as I only use the Photography suite (PS and Lightroom).There are some third party offers: 15% off Adobe CC, $35 off Blurb photo books up to four times a year, discount on some preset bundle, 50% off SmugMug membership (eh? why would you want both?).