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Articles from January 2008

Fotolia Launches New Licenses, Changes Prices

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 50 Words | Posted 1/31/2008 | Comments

AP: Cultural Themes Drive Presidential Race

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 323 Words | Posted 1/31/2008 | Comments
This week the Associated Press jump into election-dedicated media coverage with the launch of The Measure of a Nation. The yearlong multimedia project is billed as an unusual, regularly updated guide to the American presidency.

What's the Future for RM?

By Jim Pickerell | 665 Words | Posted 1/31/2008 | Comments
The first thing we need to recognize when talking about RM's future is that in nearly all cases, RM images are used in some type of printed product. Thus, the future of print -- and the realities of the Internet -- are of critical importance to the future of RM sales.

Woodthorpe Joins PepperStark

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 57 Words | Posted 1/30/2008 | Comments

Roger-Viollet Celebrates 70 Years

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 309 Words | Posted 1/30/2008 | Comments
The Paris-based agency founded by Hélène Roger-Viollet is turning 70. What started as 30,000 negatives housed in a small Parisian store has grown to an 8-million-image collection that documents over a century of European history. The agency plans a number of commemorative events throughout the year.

Policymakers Consider Anti-Piracy Measures

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 80 Words | Posted 1/29/2008 | Comments

OnAsia Reps Masterfile in Thailand

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 45 Words | Posted 1/29/2008 | Comments

ASPP Announces Next Education Conference

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 150 Words | Posted 1/29/2008 | Comments
The American Society of Picture Professionals has opened registration for its fifth education conference. The four-day event will take place in Mesa, Arizona, starting on April 24.

Stock Photo Industry Leaders - Revised

By Jim Pickerell | 469 Words | Posted 1/29/2008 | Comments (8)
This revised list of the world’s leading picture libraries and portals takes into account the many additions and corrections submitted by readers and provides a more accurate reflection of the industry.

Image Source Named A Top British Employer

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 61 Words | Posted 1/28/2008 | Comments

Aging Boomers Redefine Visual Culture

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 421 Words | Posted 1/28/2008 | Comments
A generation of post-World War II children is beginning to retire. Baby boomers account for close to 30% of the U.S. population and equally staggering percentages of many European and Asian countries. Their transition into retirement is anticipated to have a profound cultural and economic influence over the next 20 years.

What's A Photograph Worth?

By Jim Pickerell | 687 Words | Posted 1/28/2008 | Comments (1)
One could understand why it might be necessary to license rights for lower rates in countries with lower overall standards of living. But that does not explain why one country's prices are significantly lower or higher than another's.

outLOUDstock Challenges Gay Stereotypes

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 427 Words | Posted 1/25/2008 | Comments
San Diego photographer Annie Libby says that all the major stock distributors misunderstand and often misrepresent the gay community, largely by equating homosexuality with sex. Libby's new venture, outLOUDstock, will endeavor to fill a lucrative, yet underserved, market niche by challenging typical visual stereotypes.

Graphic Arts Atlas Reports Released

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 122 Words | Posted 1/24/2008 | Comments

NHL Images, Getty Ready for Hockey Weekend

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 90 Words | Posted 1/24/2008 | Comments

PicScout Signs Science Photo Library

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 146 Words | Posted 1/24/2008 | Comments
U.K.-based Science Photo Library chose PicScout's Image Tracker to monitor the online use of the 250,000 specialized stock images it represents.

Alamy Reports 2007 Results

By Jim Pickerell | 357 Words | Posted 1/24/2008 | Comments
Alamy had gross sales in Q4 2007 of $7,750,000, up from $7,506,000 in Q3 and up 22.5% overall for the year. Total revenue for 2007 was $29,254,226. Detailed statistics on the last two years of Alamy's operations are provided on its Web site.

Sharp Establishes Eco Fund

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 100 Words | Posted 1/23/2008 | Comments

SnapVillage Services Global Buyers

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 130 Words | Posted 1/23/2008 | Comments
SnapVillage, which has been building its collection since its June 2007 launch, is now serving image buyers worldwide.

Getty Loses Orientation Keywords

By Jim Pickerell | 448 Words | Posted 1/23/2008 | Comments
Why is there such a big difference between the actual number of images on the Getty site and the number keyworded with an orientation? Getty responds.

Are RM Sellers Ignoring Microstock Buyers?

By Jim Pickerell | 857 Words | Posted 1/23/2008 | Comments
In their drive to address the needs of the 3% of stock photography customers with the biggest budgets, RM sellers have ignored microstock buyers. They should be exploring new strategies, and viewing these buyers as an opportunity to expand their customer base and grow revenue.

Newscom Reps Reuters' Breaking-News Video

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 126 Words | Posted 1/22/2008 | Comments
To answer an ever-growing demand for video content from its clients, Newscom has added broadcast-quality video from Reuters to its array of text and visual content.

Fotolia Reaches 3 Million Images... Again

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 244 Words | Posted 1/22/2008 | Comments
The New York-based micro-payment Web site Fotolia announced that it has passed the 3-million-image mark. At midday on Tuesday, the Fotolia home page advertised 3,010,147 stock images.

Thought Equity Motion Launches Video-Ad Stock

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 302 Words | Posted 1/22/2008 | Comments
The newly launched Storyline Collection by Thought Equity Motion redefines stock footage for the advertising market. Created by agency veterans, the collection intends to reduce the costs and time involved in producing video-based ads, particularly those destined for online distribution.

Getty Explores Strategic Alternatives

By Jim Pickerell | 136 Words | Posted 1/22/2008 | Comments

Alamy iStock Comparisons

By Jim Pickerell | 829 Words | Posted 1/22/2008 | Comments (1)
Some photographers on the iStock (IS) forum are having great fun pointing out that they make more on iStock than the average Alamy photographer. They focus on the statement I made that "the average gross RPI for all images on the (Alamy) site is about $2.80." Since Alamy photographers get at least a 65% royalty, that comes out to a photographer royalty of about $1.80 per image annually.

Images of Health Rise in Popularity

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 440 Words | Posted 1/21/2008 | Comments
Corbis says the skyrocketing global weight-gain is driving more people to leading healthier lives. Surpassed only by environmentalism, "globesity" was at the top of the Corbis list of cultural trends affecting visual communications during 2007.

Getty Images Up For Sale

By Jim Pickerell | 452 Words | Posted 1/21/2008 | Comments (1)
Getty Images is on the auction block, hoping to be sold for more than $1.5 billion. Final bids are due by the end of January, but people briefed on the situation cautioned that it is unclear which firms would submit. Among those companies showing interest are private equity firms Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Bain Capital.

Format Shifting: BAPLA Weighs In on U.K. Copyright Law

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 727 Words | Posted 1/18/2008 | Comments
Intellectual property owners the world over are grappling with format shifting, the consumer practice of making digital copies of works published in other mediums. Examples of format shifting include scanning an image from a book or copying a song from a CD to a computer. Both present significant challenges to artists in a global culture where technology advances at faster speeds than legal systems.

Germany's PantherMedia Eyes Global Markets

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 358 Words | Posted 1/17/2008 | Comments
Munich-based PantherMedia has added English language and international e-commerce components to its stock-licensing Web site. Claiming the status of the first German midstock, the royalty-free agency is looking to expand into global markets.

Net Gets More Ad Spend Than TV

By Jim Pickerell | 108 Words | Posted 1/17/2008 | Comments
According to WPP, the world's largest media buyer, the Internet advertising spend in Sweden in 2008 will surpass spending for television advertising. The same is expected to happen in the UK and Denmark in 2009.

Photographer/Agency Sales at Alamy

By Jim Pickerell | 327 Words | Posted 1/17/2008 | Comments (1)
On Jan. 14, Alamy posted a video of an event they hosted for contributors in November. During the presentation, CEO James West provided details relative to sales of the top 100 photographers and agencies represented on the site.

maXx Relaunches Site, Exceeds 3 Million Images

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 134 Words | Posted 1/16/2008 | Comments
Vancouver-based maXx images has relaunched its Web site. The site is now fully e-commerce-enabled and offers access to over 3 million royalty-free and rights-managed images.

Blend Offers Rights-Ready Images

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 98 Words | Posted 1/16/2008 | Comments

Corbis, amanaimages Partner in Distribution Deal

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 93 Words | Posted 1/16/2008 | Comments
Corbis has entered into a new distribution agreement with Japan's amanaimages, a division of The Amana Group and the fourth-largest global player in stock licensing.

World Picture Network Ends Daily Feed

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 238 Words | Posted 1/16/2008 | Comments
Founded in London in 2001 and now headquartered in New York, the World Picture Network has announced that it will discontinue its daily news-image feed as of February. WpN CEO Brian Miller said the feed, which distributed images shot on spec to breaking news outlets, was unable to compete with larger companies in a crowded industry.

Magnum Goes Commercial With OnRequest

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 92 Words | Posted 1/15/2008 | Comments

xcavator.net Exits Beta With 6 Million Images

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 403 Words | Posted 1/15/2008 | Comments
CogniSign, a technology company that specializes in image and video search, has officially launched xcavator.net. The meta image-search engine exits beta testing with 6 million images, which represent the aggregate inventories of four microstock and two rights-managed stock agencies.

Addressing The Whole Market

By Jim Pickerell | 353 Words | Posted 1/15/2008 | Comments (1)
RM sellers have focused on the top of the market for so long they have lost sight of the whole market for stock photography. It's time for some outside-the-box thinking.

Defining Low Priced Uses

By Jim Pickerell | 791 Words | Posted 1/15/2008 | Comments
There appears to be little or no growth in the volume of uses at traditional prices. In addition, there is reason to believe volumes will decline. The dilemma for RM producers is how to expand their customer base without losing revenue from existing high-end customers.

Dempsey Heads Client Service at Masterfile

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 74 Words | Posted 1/14/2008 | Comments

Dreamstime Reveals Top-Performing Keywords

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 84 Words | Posted 1/14/2008 | Comments

What Does "Green" Mean?

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 388 Words | Posted 1/14/2008 | Comments
According to 2007 data from Corbis, eco-friendliness translated into billions in global revenues. And this is only the beginning, according to numerous sociologists, futurists, trend gurus and environmentalists.

Anyone Can Be A Photographer

By Jim Pickerell | 556 Words | Posted 1/14/2008 | Comments
Masterfile's Steve Pigeon recently made the comment, "The stock photo industry has been democratized to the extent where anyone can now be a contributing photographer, and anyone can afford to be a client. This is a good thing." The real problem is that few, if any, traditional sellers are developing systems to effectively take advantage of this trend.

Digital Railroad Cuts Staff

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 562 Words | Posted 1/11/2008 | Comments
Digital Railroad, a provider of online archiving and marketing services for photographers, laid off over 20 people this week. The company said that it is "reducing costs not directly related to growth of Marketplace," which it launched last April.

After the Microstock Revolution

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 815 Words | Posted 1/10/2008 | Comments (1)
The colossal effect of the micro-payment model on traditional stock licensing is often described in political language. Jupitermedia CEO Alan Meckler favors the phrase, "microstock revolution." The revolution is maturing -- and so are the demands of its adherents.

Tobias Replaces Chelette at Corbis

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 89 Words | Posted 1/9/2008 | Comments

2008 Forecast: Ad Execs Not Optimistic

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 267 Words | Posted 1/9/2008 | Comments
The Industry Measure Business Optimism Index for ad agencies dropped by 10 points in six months, from last summer's 108.

2008: Newspaper Ad Revenue Continues Decline

By Jim Pickerell | 148 Words | Posted 1/9/2008 | Comments
According to JP Morgan analyst Imran Khan, U.S. newspaper ad revenue declined 8.6% in 2007, and he believes the decline will accelerate in 2008. In 2006, the decline was only 1.7% compared to 2005.

Stock Photo Industry Leaders

By Jim Pickerell | 472 Words | Posted 1/9/2008 | Comments (21)
In the summer of 2003, I put together a list of leading companies in the industry, and I have tried to update it periodically. Here is a comprehensive list of the world's major picture libraries and portals that produce and license rights to still images.

Image Collections Create Cyclical Problems

By Jim Pickerell | 762 Words | Posted 1/8/2008 | Comments
With revenue growth stagnant, if not slightly declining, several portals and picture libraries are looking for ways to cut costs and make their sites more attractive to buyers. The unintended consequence: customers say they can't find the right image, while photographers lose revenue.

Getty Images Launches Second Consumer Site

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 538 Words | Posted 1/8/2008 | Comments
JAM'D, a new consumer-targeted Web site from Getty Images, launched during the holidays without so much as a press release. Conceptualized by Getty CEO Jonathan Klein, JAM'D intends to fulfill the general public's desire to see the latest snaps of their favorite celebs.

Noor Unveils New Work, Enhances Web Site

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 91 Words | Posted 1/7/2008 | Comments

Creative Commons Comes Under Fire

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 417 Words | Posted 1/7/2008 | Comments
Dan Heller, a California-based photographer, industry analyst and author of several professional photography books, is critical of Creative Commons licensing practices. In a huge, 10,000-word series of entries to his popular photo-business blog -- Heller takes on the Creative Commons licensing platform, concluding that it does not fit into the photo world.

Stock Index Online Invests in SEO

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 60 Words | Posted 1/4/2008 | Comments

Global Ad Spending Outpaces U.S.

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 75 Words | Posted 1/4/2008 | Comments

Mary Evans Snaps Up 'Illustrated London News'

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 338 Words | Posted 1/4/2008 | Comments
Founded by a wife-and-husband team in 1964, Mary Evans Picture Library embodies a passion for antiquarian books and prints. The London-based agency has now been chosen to represent, manage and house an important source of 19th- and 20th-century imagery: The Illustrated London News Picture Library.

Copshots.com - A Cautionary Copyright Tale

By Jim Pickerell | 719 Words | Posted 1/4/2008 | Comments (1)
Even if you handle copyright correctly, getting compensated once there is an infringement can be difficult.

Microstock Too Expensive for Book Publishers

By Jim Pickerell | 354 Words | Posted 1/4/2008 | Comments (1)
Microstock sites seem ideal for book publishers -- until one looks closer at the license agreements. Repeat usage prices soar.

"Charlie Wilson's War" Licenses Footage From BBC

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 72 Words | Posted 1/3/2008 | Comments

NPPA Revamps Contest, 'National Geographic' Withdraws

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 318 Words | Posted 1/3/2008 | Comments
The National Press Photographers Association has opened The Best of Photojournalism 2008 for entries. This year, the contest runs with a new set of rules, designed to sharpen competition, highlight new stories and reflect the changing face of photojournalism.

U.S. Economic Outlook: Education, Health, Consulting

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 397 Words | Posted 1/2/2008 | Comments
According to the latest statistics from U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, education and health are the two fastest-growing super-sectors of the American economy. Image use is likely to follow a similar pattern, with demand for white-collar, professional imagery rising and industrial images becoming less popular.

Is Better Quality The Only Argument For RM?

By Jim Pickerell | 681 Words | Posted 1/2/2008 | Comments (2)
An increasing number of microstock images are considered of "better quality" than some RM imagery. Photographers seriously delude themselves when they believe that RM images are, by definition, of "better quality" than RF or microstock.

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