Flickr and poor DMCA system implementations permalink
The developers at Flickr should know better than that. There’s no need to actually purge/delete the potentially copyright offending work and associated content. A simple flag that designates whether or not the content can be shown is all you need. That way in the event of a false DMCA claim like this, its easy to completely restore the value of the original posting.
Here’s hoping that the Internet mob gets Dave Gorman a little justice. I’d expect Flickr to quickly implement a fix AND find a way to restore his lost data soon.