Getty’s Flickr Sales, Money Spinner Or Ripoff?
Barence writes “Photo-sharing site Flickr is offering photographers a new way to cash in on their work. The ‘Request to License’ scheme allows renowned photo agency Getty to sell photos on behalf of Flickr members. Once part of the scheme, all of the user’s photos will carry a Request to License link (users can’t select certain photos to license in this way). People wishing to buy the photos are directed to Getty’s staff, who ‘will help handle details like permissions, releases, and pricing,’ according to Flickr. However, the last time Getty sold images on behalf of Flickr members, it led to complaints that photographers were being exploited, with commission on photos as low as $1. So who’s doing best out of the deal, photographers or Getty?”
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