Thomas Hawk asks if the Flickr/Getty stock photo program is really going anywhere or not. One of his supposed scenarios is that Getty is really using the partnership to lock-in with Flickr before Microsoft can buy Yahoo and Corbis can get its claws into Flickr.
I personally question whether this is such a great opportunity for the Flickr photographers as he suggests. Right now the stock business sucks for many photographers, and for the stock companies like Getty. Do they really need more images, or just cheaper images, or more photographers willing to provide cheap images – IOW, really good amateurs who don’t need the income?
I’m not a stock photographer, but more folks selling their work cheap because “it’s so cool to be published” is not a good business model.