The photos you’ve posted on Twitpic are safe, for now.

Twitpic found itself in a trademark dispute with Twitter back in September, which caused the much smaller Twitpic to shut down. Twitter threatened to cut off Twitpic’s API, which was the service’s sole source of content.

Twitpic founder Noah Everett said in a blog post today that Twitter will buy the Twitpic domain and photo archive. So all the Twitpic photos now on Twitter, and links to them, will still remain active.

However, Twitpic’s service remains shut down, so users can’t post new photos to the site.

“As you know it’s been quite the roller coaster ride,” Everett writes. “We weren’t able to find a way to keep Twitpic independent.”