Flickr has pissed me off, over 10 years worth of uploads, somewhere in the region of over 30000 images have now been taken away from me unless I pay for a monthly subscription,
They haven't "taken" them away (yet). They'll start doing that from the start of Feb. Plenty of time and warning given to download them if you're not willing to fork out. You've got until Feb 5th before they start actively nuking the oldest stuff.
How much storage space in terms of TB/GB are you using? Their subscription rates are very reasonable in the grand scheme of things. I had a been a Pro subscriber for a few years for before they (Yahoo!) went bloody silly offering 1TB free - cost 'em money cos I didn't need Pro no more! Also you don't have to pay monthly, it can be an annual/biannual thing too IIRC.
Considering the amount of copyright material uploaded you shouldn't complain too much!
Sorry if I'm sounding harsh, but just trying to put some perspective on it.