The photo-sharing website Flickr has introduced a new option which allows photographers to publicly nominate their images for licensing by Getty.
When another user sees an image they would like to licence, they will be put in touch with Getty to arrange the sale.
In short, the new Flickr/Getty feature, called Request to License, lets photographers nominate their photos directly to users searching for photos to license – without first going through Getty.
In Flickr’s initial partnership with photo licensing powerhouse Getty Images, Getty representatives cherry-picked Flickr photos and photographers they liked. Later, Flickr members could offer their own candidates for evaluation by Getty for licensing.
More detail from the Flickr blog:
When a prospective licensee sees an image marked for license, they can click on the link and be put in touch with a representative from Getty Images who will help handle details like permissions, releases and pricing. Once reviewed, the Getty Images editors will send you a FlickrMail to request to license your work, either for commercial or editorial usage. The decision to license is always yours.
Flickr recently added the 100,000th photo to the Flickr Collection on Getty Images.