Getty Images and Flickr End Five-Year Collaboration [updated]

What was the Flickr Collection will transition to being called "Moment"

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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.

Flickr Partnership Ends, Getty Images' Commitment to Contributors

Continues

Today

we are announcing that we provided notice to terminate our existing agreement with Flickr. Our original agreement reached its end, and while we continue to be open to working with Yahoo!/Flickr, we have not agreed to a new agreement at this time.

Your status as a contributor to Getty Images is unchanged by this news. 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.

For the last 5 years we’ve been very proud to provide a global platform for the work of Flickr artists, celebrating their originality and talent with our customers around the world. Those of us who are directly involved with the Flickr collection have thoroughly enjoyed and been inspired by our experience working within the Flickr community. Built to represent the best in authentic, spontaneous photography selected through social sharing, Getty Image’s Flickr collection has grown to be a tremendous success.

We have never been more committed than we are now to expanding on what we’ve started together.

What Will Change? Here are some highlights - with details to follow in the coming days and weeks:

    What should you do?

    Please watch for more news and information in our Getty Images Contributors Group on Flickr and watch for important emails.

    Check your Contact information! Please make sure the e-mail address and other contact information we have for you is up to date so we can include you in our communications. You can do this by logging in to the Upload Portal [...] and clicking on 'Update your profile' in the 'Account Management' section.

    Thanks you for all of your wonderful images and support over the past five years! We look forward to moving ahead with Moment, and with each and every one of you.

    The Getty Images Creative Team

    Update: Getty Images has reached out to us with an official response:

    Getty Images and Flickr have worked together for five great years, celebrating the originality of photography enthusiasts worldwide. Getty Images curators have assessed over 90 million images, selecting 900,000 from 42,000 contributors as part of our Flickr collection.

    Getty Images has provided notice to terminate our existing agreement with Flickr. Our original agreement reached its end, and while we continue to be open to working with Yahoo!/Flickr, we do not have a new agreement at this time. We will continue to work with the tens of thousands of contributors and license the existing content.

    Innovation and evolution are at the core of our work at Getty Images and we are continuously developing new technologies and tools to enhance our crowd-sourced imagery for our contributors and customers. We recently launched Getty Images Moment, our new iPhone app designed for contributors, as well as global content partnerships with EyeEm and Samsung. We look forward to announcing further developments in the coming months. Watch this space.

    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.

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