A citizen journalism picture agency, Scoopt.com, is seeking to monetize the pictures you post on Flickr. It is inviting you, the Flickr member, to tag your images with the keyword â€˜scooptâ€™. This enables Scoopt to sell tagged images to buyers in direct response to demand. Money from this will be split 50/50 between Scoopt and the photographer and the photographer gets to keep his full copyright.
Is that a good idea? â€œThere are some fantastic photographs on Flickr that you just donâ€™t find anywhere else. Some of this content is valuable to creative and media markets but thereâ€™s no easy way to connect Flick members to buyers. Flickr members are not allowed to advertise their content commercially, and itâ€™s not easy for buyers to contact them through Flickr to broker one-off transactions. With this unofficial initiative, we are trying to address both problems,â€ says Scoopt founder Kyle MacRae.
Scoopt is also encouraging photo buyers to use Flickr as a commercial image resource. Buyers can search for tagged images and broker sales directly and immediately through Scoopt.