callieMany of us have already been contacted by bloggers, friends, and online aggregators like Now Public for fair use of online photos. Now Fox reports that Flickr and Getty Images are teaming up to offer stock photo licensing from select Flickr users.

The exclusive partnership allows Getty Images to invite Flickr members to participate in a Flickr branded collection on www.gettyimages.com that will be available for licensing to Getty Images’ creative, commercial and editorial customers in the coming months.

What I wonder is why didn’t Flickr (Yahoo) just create their own stock licensing app for use with the ENTIRE Flickr collection? Could have been either an opt in, or a request-to-use / purchase deal. I suppose for commercial stuff the company needs to have full control and not everyone is into that. Still, I don’t see why Flickr needs Getty. I know most web types and bloggers already use Flickr for stock imagery.

-M