While the title sounds a little scary on its own, it merely serves as a platform for Getty to “invite” handpicked Flickr members to sell their images through Getty Images. See the following press release for more details.
Getty Images and Flickr Announce Exclusive Partnership to Offer New Collection of Creative Imagery
New Flickr Collection on gettyimages.com to Provide Customers Even More Authentic, Diverse and Regionally Relevant Imagery
SEATTLE & SAN FRANCISCO – Getty Images, the world’s leading creator and distributor of visual content and other digital media, and FlickrTM, a division of Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO) and one of the world’s largest photo sharing communities, today announce a collaboration that unites the authenticity of images from the Flickr community with Getty Images’ imagery collections, photographic expertise and unrivalled experience in licensing digital media.
The exclusive partnership allows Getty Images to invite Flickr members to participate in a Flickr branded collection on www.gettyimages.com that will be available for licensing to Getty Images’ creative, commercial and editorial customers in the coming months.
“We are excited and proud to be partnering with Flickr to offer our customers even more choice for their projects. Our customers will be able to select and use the best imagery from a fresh collection of high-quality images chosen by us from Flickr’s diverse and prolific community,” said Jonathan Klein, co-founder and CEO of Getty Images. “Flickr is the ideal partner as we continue to move the imagery industry forward by offering the broadest range of high quality digital content to our customers.”
“This partnership is testimony to the Flickr community of photographers who have influenced the aesthetics of photography with authentic, creative and cutting-edge images which will now be available to Getty Images’ customers around the world,” said Kakul Srivastava, General Manager, Flickr. “We share Getty Images’ commitment to the power of imagery and are thrilled to be working with the unrivaled leader in image licensing. Getty Images offers an unbeatable platform, licensing expertise, and a premier brand for Flickr members who want to bring their imagery to a worldwide customer base.”
Getty Images and Flickr are working together to establish the first commercial licensing opportunity for photo-enthusiasts in the Flickr community. The Flickr collection will feature photography selected by Getty Images editors based on their expertise in licensing digital content and insights into customers’ needs. In the next several months, Getty Images will begin inviting selected Flickr members who will have the choice to participate in the collection. The two companies are collaborating to build online tools to help editors contact Flickr members, and to add images to the new collection. Over the next several months, thousands of high-quality images will be available for licensing on www.gettyimages.com with a goal of making many more available over time.
“Through this partnership, we will be offering an expanded choice of imagery with more regionally relevant content and a wider range in the style of photography available,” said Andy Saunders, Vice President of Creative Imagery at Getty Images. “Flickr’s philosophy of personal sharing and immediacy has already impacted commercial photography. The new Flickr collection will expand the definition of stock photography by making it even easier for our customers to find and license imagery that works in the full range of traditional and digital media.”
Getty Images will be the exclusive commercial rights manager of the photos selected to become part of the collection. Flickr members will benefit from Getty Images’ global sales and distribution teams helping to market their images and from Getty Images’ expertise and experience in rights and clearances of visual content. Getty Images’ customers will benefit from the fresh, unique and individualistic perspectives of members within Flickr’s global community. More information on the different ways imagery can be licensed on www.gettyimages.com can be found at: http://www.gettyimages.com/Corporate/LicenseInfo.aspx.
About Getty Images
Getty Images is the world’s leading creator and distributor of still imagery, footage and multimedia products, as well as a recognized provider of other forms of premium digital content, including music. Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and imagery help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and Web sites. Visit Getty Images at www.gettyimages.com to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of digital media in communications and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life.
Flickr is one of the world’s leading online photo and video sharing communities where people explore, find and manage pictures and video clips of life’s daily moments with friends, family and the world. With 54 million worldwide visitors each month and more than 2 billion photos stored by 27 million members, Flickr serves as the ‘eyes of the world’ and has revolutionized the sharing and discovery of what people see and experience through digital imagery. Flickr was developed by Ludicorp in February 2004 and acquired by Yahoo! in March 2005. To share and explore the world’s photos and videos, visit www.flickr.com.