Depuis un peu plus de cinq ans, un partenariat entre Flickr et l'agence Getty Images permettait à cette dernière d'approcher les photographes dont elle jugeait les photos hébergées sur Flickr susceptibles d'être vendues par ses soins. Au passage, Getty empochait de 70 à 80 % de la vente et en reversait de 20 à 30 % au photographe. 

Dans un email envoyé aux "contributeurs", Getty annonce donc que l'accord liant Flickr (Yahoo!) et Getty ne sera pas renouvelé. Ceci ne changera pas le statut ni les termes d'engagement des contributeurs actuels. Il semblerait toutefois qu'à l'avenir, Getty fonctionnera selon un modèle plus traditionnel, dans lequel les photographes soumettront directement leur travail à l'agence, qui acceptera ou non. 



Cette annonce fait suite à une actualité récente assez mouvementée, tant chez Yahoo! que dans le monde de la vente de photo. En effet, il y a quelques jours, Getty annonçait qu'il autorisait certains publics à utiliser gratuitement certaines de ses images. Il y a quelques jours également, Yahoo! annonçait de son côté poursuivre sa prise d'indépendance, en prévenant qu'à l'avenir il serait impossible de se connecter à un de ses services avec un identifiant Facebook ou Google.
On peut dès lors se demander si la fin du partenariat signifie que Yahoo! compte vendre directement les images sur Flickr, sans passer par Getty.



Un mouvement qui ne serait pas sans rappeler celui initié par 500px, qui annonçait en début d'année ouvrir sa propre plateforme de vente de photos, 500px Prime. Initialement, 500px comptait se montrer à peu près aussi généreux que Getty, proposant de reverser 30 % du montant de la vente au photographe. Devant la levée de boucliers suscitée par l'annonce, 500px a finalement inversé les rétributions, consentant à donner au photographe 70 % du montant des ventes. Une vraie petite révolution dans le monde de la stock photography (ou photographie de banque d'images), mais avec un petit bémol tout de même, puisque le contrat 500px est archi-simple : le client peut acheter une photo en haute définition pour 250 $, sans limites de temps ou d'utilisation. Ce qui est bien pour le client, mais peut-être un peu plus difficile à gérer pour des photographes professionnels.

Pour les contributeurs Getty qui seraient passés à côté, voici la copie du message envoyé par Getty (en anglais) :
 
Today we are announcing that we provided notice to terminate our existing agreement with Flickr. Our original agreement reached its end, and while we continue to be open to working with Yahoo!/Flickr, we have not agreed to a new agreement at this time.

Your status as a contributor to Getty Images is unchanged by this news. Your current agreement with Getty Images remains the same and agreements will NOT be terminated by us as a result of this change, no matter how few images you have on gettyimages.com.
For the last 5 years we've been very proud to provide a global platform for the work of Flickr artists, celebrating their originality and talent with our customers around the world. Those of us who are directly involved with the Flickr collection have thoroughly enjoyed and been inspired by our experience working within the Flickr community. Built to represent the best in authentic, spontaneous photography selected through social sharing, Getty Image's Flickr collection has grown to be a tremendous success. 
We have never been more committed than we are now to expanding on what we've started together.
What Will Change? Here are some highlights—with details to follow in the coming days and weeks:
Welcome to Moment:  The Flickr Collection will form the basis of a new house collection called Moment.
Moment Mobile: Our new Moment-Mobile App provides another way for you to participate by submitting images shot on your mobile device. All Flickr collection contributors will be invited. (iOs only for now-Andriod to come). We are very pleased with the launch and early results from our Moment App, which is now being used by 3,500 contributors from 100 countries who have so far have submitted more than 30,000 images through the app.  
Curators: Flickr curators will continue and expand their role in identifying the best social content from a wider range of sources which, alongside our Moment App, will further grow our Moment collections.
The Upload Portal you are already familiar with will be updated to accommodate a slightly different workflow (see below) but your log-in will remain the same.
You will be in control. Since we will not be using the systems built for the Flickr partnership, we will no longer be searching and browsing through photostreams or Artist Picks looking for images and inviting them.  Instead, you will be using the same procedure as all our other Getty and iStock contributors and submitting full-sized, captioned and released images to us for review and selection.
Support: Communication and daily guidance will continue via our Getty Images Contributor Community website and forum. We will be sending out a welcome e-mail containing the URL and your log-in credentials. These emails will begin shortly and continue over the next few weeks until everyone is covered.
Creative Research: You will have access to our proprietary research briefs on an ongoing basis.
Range of Products: You will have access to be reviewed for submissions to our other collections where appropriate including editorial, video, and Photos.com -- our new platform for wall décor, print sales, and more.
What should you do? Please watch for more news and information in our Getty Images Contributors Group on Flickr and watch for important emails.
Check your Contact information! Please make sure the e-mail address and other contact information we have for you is up to date so we can include you in our communications.  You can do this by logging in to the Upload Portal at https://contribute.gettyimages.com  and clicking on "Update your profile" in the "Account Management" section.
Thanks you for all of your wonderful images and support over the past five years! We look forward to moving ahead with Moment, and with each and every one of you.

The Getty Images Creative Team
Source : Getty Images
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