Soon you may be able to start making some serious cash from your photos on Flickr. Flickr recently announced a partnership with stock photo company Getty images to allow Getty customers to purchase licenses to use Flickr usersâ€™ photos for commercial use. Depending on the type of license a Getty customer purchases, a Flickr user could see anywhere from a few dollars to over $20,000 for the use of their photograph.
The initial launch of the program will only include a few thousand images from Flickr. Photograph owners will have to first specify on Flickr that they are willing to have their photographers considered for commercial use before they can selected to be included in the collection on Getty so it wonâ€™t be an out and out free for all. Getty foresees adding a substantial amount of additional photographs to the collection over time after the original few thousand.
If a Getty customer chooses to use an image from Flickr that photographer will be paid in the same way as other photographers for Getty, receiving 30-40 percent of the photoâ€™s licensing fee. Typical licensing fees on Getty are reportedly between $29 and $200,000, so 40% could be around $80,000.
The program is going to make it possible for amateur photographers to walk away with a pretty substantial amount of cash for their images, without really doing anything much differently than they are now. Currently there are quite a few stock photo sites that will allow amateur photographers to upload their photos and make money off of them, but often those photographers give up all rights to the photos when they do sell them, or the amount the photographer makes is negligible. The Getty Images Flicker partnership makes it possible for amateur photographers to be fairly for their work, and potentially break into the business in the process.