In a storage disaster from the website that calls itself "the best online photo management and sharing application in the world," Flickr has lost over 4,000 of Mirco Wilhelm's priceless photos.
For those of you who don't know who Mirco Wilhelm is, he happens to be a Zurich-based photoblogger with over 4,000 photos stored on Fuckr. Highlights from the collection include pictures of puppies and security cameras.
A keen observer, Wilhem wrote on his personal blog, "Today I was a bit surprised when trying to log into my Flickr account. It didn't remember I was logged in, but asked me for my password, knowing who I am. Then I was asked to "create" a Flickr account. Strange, because I already had an account ..."
Stunned by his inability to log in, Wilhem remembered the email he had sent earlier in the week to Flickr admins, complaining that another blogger had stolen his photos.
In an unsightly mistake or a strategic move to get this guy to shut up, Flickr admins deleted Wilhem's account, under the impression he was the photo burglar.
In a letter to Wilhem, a Flickr representative said, "Unfortunately, I have mixed up the accounts and accidentally deleted yours. I am terribly sorry for this grave error and hope that this mistake can be reconciled. Here is what I can do from here: I can restore your account, although we will not be able to retrieve your photos. I know that there is a lot of history on your account - again, please accept my apology for my negligence. Once I restore your account, I will add four years of free Pro to make up for my error."
Both a photoblogger and amateur legal expert, Wilhem added in an email to the New York Observer: "I did a quick check of the terms of service, and in my eyes deleting my paid account without any reason or misconduct from my side could be interpreted as a breach of contract.
"Deleting the content might even be counted as theft. And since my contract originally was established with Yahoo! Germany I wouldn't even have to go to court in the US if necessary."
Feeling unsatisfied by the peace offering made by the Yahoo-owned company, Wilhem added "You have to f***ing kidding, Yahoo!"