10 Jul 2008 Getty and Flickr
“We intend to launch our Flickr collection in the coming months with tens of thousands of images, with thousands more added to the collection each month.” – Bridget Russell, Getty Images via Thomas Hawk
“Financially for us is not significant, but it’s strategically extremely important.” – Getty co-founder and Chief Executive Jonathan Klein, via SeattlePI.com
“Flickr users, many of whom are amateurs, will be paid in the same manner as professionals if their images are used commercially.” – SeattlePI.com
“The relationship, in the licensing piece, is purely between the photographer “ the Flickr member “ and Getty Images itself.” – Kakul Srivastava, Flickr General Manager, via Daryl Lang’s interview at PDN
“In order to get paid and allow their images to be used, Flickr members must sign a Getty Images contributor contract”. – Cnet
“As much as Getty would like to position this move as an open embrace of the community, it’s not. Instead, it’s a way to lock out competition, and allow them to continue with status quo.” – PhotoShelter blog post ‘How Getty is Killing the Stock Photo Industry‘.
Image Thomas Hawk