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Select Flickr users begin to get Getty invites

Flickr and Getty Images' partnership stakes another step forward as some users have begun to receive invitations to have their shots as part of the stock collection.

The partnership between Flickr and Getty Images is finally moving forward. Early Wednesday the Yahoo-owned photo-sharing service announced that invitations from Getty have been going out in high numbers. Some members who have had one or more of their images chosen to be on Getty's sale site could have gotten notice as early as last week.

Originally announced in July, the special Flickr-branded Getty collection will be launching in early March. It's the first official move by Flickr where users can sell their images, although all the purchasing and organization will be done on Getty's end. In the interim Getty has set up a Flickr group where those selected can discuss licensing and rights issues if there are any.

Unlike microstock services such as iStockPhoto, Shutterstock, and Fotolia, the Getty/Flickr partnership will be royalty-free and rights-managed only. It's also going to continue to be invite-only, whereas the other sites allow user submissions.