Today we also find news in the segment of online stock images, as Unsplash has announced that it is being acquired by Getty Images, a well-known professional image banking service, without the terms of the agreement being disclosed.
Unsplash is a popular platform that allows creators of photographic works to upload their own for free distribution and use by others, even for commercial purposes, according to the Unsplash license, incompatible with Creative Commons licenses.
No one is hurt by this operation
This platform also became one of the alternatives to Flickr at the time when it was acquired by SmugMug, with the well-known and controversial changes in the free accounts that made many leave it, losing relevance along the way. .
Now, under the umbrella of Getty Images, nothing will change on Unsplash, than to continue to maintain its independence, although that is, now they will have more resources to accelerate their growth plans.
Mikael Cho, CEO of Unsplash, comments that they have been having conversations with the Getty Images team unofficially since 2016, without initially being sure that Getty Images had the same vision as them, something that has changed with the time until:
… over years of conversations, we learned about the level of respect they had for the Unsplash community and the rights of creators to choose how and where their images are made available.
To which he adds that:
After interacting more with the Getty Images team and better understanding their long-term vision, we realized that we shared so much alignment that tackling this together could be much more impactful than doing it separately.
Therefore, from now on a new chapter opens in which both services will shake hands to accelerate their growth plans, although for users they will continue to operate independently.
Cho could never imagine what he has achieved starting in 2013 with the publication of ten images on a Tumblr blog, reaching that:
Today, there are more than two million high-quality, high-resolution images on Unsplash that have been contributed by people from all countries.
It will already be a matter of the fruits of this acquisition coming over time, which seems to be promising.