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« on: July 24, 2008, 10:57 »
now that Getty and IS have taken an interest in Flickr.
ok, i already hear a lot of noises (no pun intended),
so what's your "honest" opinion.

Shoot! no punches pulled.  this is WWW no holds barred  ;D

« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2008, 12:06 »
i don't get it

and isn't there another thread already?


« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2008, 13:00 »
i don't get it

and isn't there another thread already?

maybe so, but so are other topics revamped here.
unfortunately for you, not all of us were here when those threads were introduced.
so from those who care to comment or re-instate their insight,
i am asking for their input.

« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2008, 13:07 »
It's a marketing move from Getty and Istock as they see Flickr as an untapped source of cheap images from hobbyists or photographers who crave for mass exposure.
I am not sure if this is in the interest of the photographer, but it is definitely money to be made for Getty and Istock.

« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2008, 16:24 »
It is a two pronged attack, firstly I.M.H.O. Getty are not interested in the images, they would not licence an image that has been on flickr and might be blogged or downloaded via the flickr API, which does not filter images with the photographers "Licence" preferences.

So what is it about, Firstly the deal excludes contributors from linking to other stock agencies, there has always been a non commercial clause, but photographers have worked around this, now things may get harder, lets see what happens to some of the groups that link back to stocksites.

Second they may cream a few of the photographers from Flickr, any professionals that use Flickr as a showcase will already have sites and may not be interested, and many others will not have equipment that Getty accept, so that may leave very few photographers at a standard for Getty to pick up.

So it is likely more about restricting Flickr from marketing or making links with other stock sites that compete with Getty or Istock, or creating thier own ecommerece, if you read the details what Flickr get from the deal remains "undisclosed", so is it a smoke screen about finding new images or restricting the use of Flickr for non getty photographers and other stock sites?

« Last Edit: July 24, 2008, 16:26 by Adeptris »

« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2008, 20:04 »
That sure sound like it, but ... Why is Flickr doing it? What do they think the deal is bringing to their community. I think that there are probably more details to it, we just don't know them!

anjo J

« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2008, 12:48 »
This is a sneaky way to gain control, isn't it?
I think Getty is taking advantage of the fact that most flickr subscribers are not informed about rights of usage and exclusiveness, or not interested.
So once they get a stranglehold, it's too late for flickr people to get their photos selling with other sites.
It's a carrot to a hungry donkey, as they say in my country.


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