Getty Images introduces a host of changes for 2014
And Paves the Way for its Own Collection
After nearly six years of partnership, Getty Images has decided not to renew its partnership with Flickr. Distributed as an email announcement to Getty Image contributors, Getty reassured that while they are not renewing their partnership, they will still be working with Flickr/ Yahoo! and not change their agreement with the contributors.
Also included in the email was a list of what Getty was going to change in the successful Getty Image’s Flickr Collection photo platform. First, the Flickr collection will be the basis for a new collection called Moment. The new collection will also include an app called Moment-Mobile. The app, while currently only available for iOS devices (coming soon to Android), offers an alternative for contributors to submit images to the Moment collection.
Getty has also confirmed that the upload portal will be updated to accommodate the new workflow, but user’s login information will remain the same. Users will also be able to submit full-sized, captioned and released images for Getty to review, similar to the other Getty and iStock contributors. Getty will also continue to give daily guidance and communicate with the Getty Contributor community on their website and forum, where they will be sending emails that will contain URL for the new website and forum, as well as their login credentials, until they have covered every user in the community.
Finally, Getty will also be expanding the range of its products by allowing users’ access to be reviewed in Getty’s other collections where appropriate, which include editorials, videos, wall décor, print sales and more.
Getty Images has already taken steps to expand Moment and making its collection known by allowing low-resolution embedded images at no charge, with no watermarks on noncommercial blogs and social media. Getty is not only pitching this new embedding service to help combat unauthorized image theft, but also to promote its services.
However, while this is a legal method to use copyrighted images, the embedding is strictly limited to noncommercial image use and that Getty also has the right, in its terms and conditions, to place advertisements in the Embedded Viewer, or otherwise monetize its use without any compensation to the embedder.
As for as the distinction between commercial and noncommercial use goes, users can freely post an embedded image onto their blog or social media of choice, so long as they are not using it to promote a service, product or business. However, the photographer of the image will also not receive any compensation for the work, except for being credited in the Embedded Viewer.
Users can easily obtain the embed code with a single click on the embedding icon.