“This strategic partnership empowers photographers to enforce their rights by giving them the tools to track their images and to take legal action across the globe in an effort to preserve the integrity and value of their work,” the companies state.
Flickr says it’s “the first platform of its kind to take such significant action to help properly protect the work and the rights of its users.”
Flickr members will be able to have their uploaded photos automatically integrated with Pixsy’s monitoring and protection platform, which scans the Web for usages of your work and gives you tools to handle copyright and infringement — things like registering photos with the US Copyright office, sending automated DMCA takedown notices, and a case resolution service for recovering lost licensing revenue and damages from those who infringe.
Pixsy works with an international network of law firms through a no win, no fee basis. Founded in 2014, Pixsy has now handled over 70,000 copyright infringement cases and has returned millions of dollars to creatives.
Flickr Pro members will have free access to an enhanced service that provides 1,000 monitored photos, 10 DMCA takedown notices, and an unlimited number of case submissions.
“We want our photographers to feel comfortable sharing their work online. We offer clear controls for privacy and copyright, and we stand by our photographers in asserting their rights in the case that theft occurs,” says Flickr Product VP Andrew Stadlen. “Partnering with a company like Pixsy makes complete sense for our community and helps us deliver on what we believe is a core value for Flickr.”