Since 2009, Getty and Flickr have had a partnership allowing people to easily license their Flickr images through Getty, and hopefully get a bit of money for their efforts. Now, Getty has contacted contributors to inform them that this relationship is ending, but that those with images on its service will continue to be supported.
For now, the Flickr collection is still up, as are instructions on how to join it—and Flickr Select seems to still be running. But Getty sent out an email to contributors, informing them that “we provided notice to terminate our existing agreement with Flickr.” What was Flickr collection will now form the basis of a new collection, called “Moment”, which will have an accompanying mobile app. Images will have to be uploaded directly to Getty, rather than through Flickr, but for those who already have images on Getty, the email assures ” Your current agreement with Getty Images remains the same and agreements will NOT be terminated by us as a result of this change, no matter how few images you have on gettyimages.com.”
We reached out to Getty Images to comment on the change, and will update the piece if and when they decide to respond.
Here is the text of the email, reproduced in full, courtesy of DPReview.
Update: Getty Images has reached out to us with an official response:
There’s not a lot of information in that statement, but it’s worth pointing out that Getty were the ones who decided to terminate the deal, not Flickr.