“Request to License” via Getty Images is here and Flickr hammers another nail into the heart of professional photographers


"Another nail has been hammered into the coffin of professional photography by the announcement by Getty Images that they are to extend their deal to include members of Flickr.com.

Flickr is an online social media site for images, with 40 million registered users. For the last year, Getty Images has tapped into more than 100,000 photos taken by professional and semi-pro photographers who post on the site. Now Getty is to access Flickr’s library of 4 billion pictures.

“Flickr users are the eyes of the world,” Douglas Alexander, Flickr’s general manager, told BBC news.

I actually like, and use, Flickr a lot, but this move will surely only drive down further the fees paid to those of us who try to make photography our profession." -Sports Journalists' Association