Looking ahead to 2006 there are two trends to watch. Distributors seem to moving - to acquire more imagery that they will wholly-own and to put more emphasis on working with production companies rather than individual contributors. This article explores these trends and has a number of recommendations for photographers.
Two Washington Post editorials discuss the pros and cons of the Google Digital Library initiative. Speaking for those in favor is Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan and speaking for copyright protection is Nick Taylor, President of the Authors Guild headquartered in New York.
This group of releases includes: ASMP Foundation Welcomes Grant Applications; Digital Railroad Delivers Aggregated Photo Marketplace and Annouces their Alignment with PicScout to Add Image Rights Tracking Services; iStockphoto Surpasses Half-Million Member Milestone; Masterfile Establishes Direct Sales Operations in France; and Photographers Laforet, Frakes, and Ashburn Choose PhotoShelter as their Online Image Archive.
Getty Images reported $184.5 million revenue for Q3 of 2005. Revenue grew 19.9 percent. Also information about the acquisitions of Media Images and Rubberball. And Klein outlines the company's expectations as a result of the removal of some 3rd Party suppliers.
A21 has acquired Ingram, a UK-based provider with a file of approximately 100,000 images that are offered for licensing by subscription, as CD-ROM or as single-image RF. The vast majority of these images are not wholly owned and royalties are paid when they are downloaded.
This group of releases includes: JupiterImages Acquires BananaStock; a21 Acquires Ingram Publishing Limited; Adobe Stock Photos Adds Four New Collections; IPN Relay Announces Alliance with Adobe Stock Photos; Grazia Neri Selects Digital Railroad for Online Distribution and Archiving Services; NewsCom to Represent PictureArts Content; and Index Stock Imagery to Release New Online Stores with Partner EZ Prints.
A federal court judge in Miami has upheld a $400,000 jury award for photographer Jerry Greenberg in his copyright infringement claim against National Geographic Society for its use of his images in "The Complete NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: 108 Years of National Geographic Magazine on CD-ROM".
This edition has short items on: Another Paradigm Shift; Non-Released At Getty; Photographer's Choice Update; Getty to Integrate Editorial With Creative; Kennelly Receives Entrepeneurship Award; What's The Difference Between RM and RP?; a21 Closes On $3.2 Million In Financing and Multiple Use of RF Images.
After closing her agency on 1 January 2005, Cathy Aron, CEO of Photo Network Stock has notified her photographers of a plan to make full and complete payment of all monies owed for royalties. A minimum of 40% of the amount owed will be paid in December and the remainder quarterly over the next 4 or 5 quarters.
This group of releases includes: Speight Joins Masterfile; Asia Images Produces India, China RF Discs; SuperStock Supplies Vintage Images Through Art.com; Workbook Releases Framed Art Catalog; Mauritius RF Distributes Veer's Fancy RF; and Getty Images Receives Award From Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS.