Scoopt Tries to Out Scoop Flickr in Stock Photography

NEWS! – Interesting. It looks like Scoopt, a stock photography company, is encouraging Flickr users to tag their photos scoopt which they will then market unofficially, away from Yahoo, based on the tag in the stock photography market. They say they’ll share any money they make selling photos with Flickr users 50/50.

“Scoopt founder Kyle MacRae explained, “There are some fantastic photographs on Flickr that you just don’t find anywhere else. Some of this content is valuable to creative and media markets but there’s no easy way to connect Flick members to buyers. Flickr members are not allowed to advertise their content commercially, and it’s not easy for buyers to contact them through Flickr to broker one-off transactions.”

I’m not sure how this might sit with Flickr, who may have their own ambitions about getting into the stock photography business someday. It will be interesting to see if Flickr, an explicitly stated “non commercial” site deems accounts with scoopt commercial.

I’m not sure whether it will work or not but it certainly is some thinking outside of the box from Scoopt.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    So what’s Zooomers policy on this type of thing going to be? I think it’s a cool idea, why not approach them and point out that while flicker has great stuff so does zooomer and you guys can work with them 🙂

  2. shel israel says:

    Tom,

    I met Kyle Macrae when I was in Scotland. He knows how to market photos into traditional newspaper and broadcast newsrooms. It’s a great waay for citizen journalists to make a few dollars from being in the right place at the right time with a camera in their hand. Flickr does not seem likely to go after Scoopt’s business which is mostly news-oriented as he explained it to me.