Flickr flogging Getty Images. Urrr… Did anyone spot that one?

July 22, 2009

I hadn’t noticed until today that Flickr had jumped deep into bed with Getty Images. Apparently the deal happened in March (here). The odd thing is you can’t seem to opt out of searching for Getty Image content without doing an advanced search.

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Although the drop down above gives you the appearance that you can search two libraries, Getty results will show up under either option.Here’s an example: This is a search of everyone’s uploads – but I still get Getty content.
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=++faded++350D++Hungary++Szeged++2007 

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Personally I’d like an option in the dropdown which allowed Creative Commons only. For now the only way not to find Getty content whilst searching is to do an Advanced search and tick THIS box:
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Somehow the news seems to have largely slipped under the social media news radar but I suspect that there may some fairly polarised opinions on this.

Some links:
www.flickr.com/help/gettyimages
http://rising.blackstar.com/getty-flickr-and-the-land-of-really-really-bad-ideas.html

Posted by @eunmac