If you’re a prolific Flickr user, you may be able to turn your stream into cashflow now that the photo sharing site has officially partnered with IP juggernaut, Getty on a licensing program. When you opt into the program, a “Request to License” link shows up underneath your photos. If an art director or other photo-purchasing entity clicks that link, they’re put in touch with someone at Getty who negotiates the use of your images. Eventually, a check hits your mailbox.
It will be interesting to see what the long-term reaction is to the program. After all, Flickr users have been selling photos via their Flickr stream for quite some time, even before Getty decided to get into the game. Ultimately, it seems like another way for photographers to make money from their images, even if they’re not up to speed on the often-confusing business side of things. We want to hear your experiences with this program once you have tried it.