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Articles from October 2007

Getty Buys British Royal Image Library

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 210 Words | Posted 10/31/2007 | Comments
As of November 2007, photographs by British royal photographer Tim Graham will now be available exclusively through the Getty Images Hulton Archive.

Corbis Eyes Pharm Biz, Adds MedicalRF

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 283 Words | Posted 10/31/2007 | Comments
Corbis added a specialty royalty-free collection MedicalRF to its image inventory. Launched in July by the Dublin, Ireland-based Moore Film Ltd., MedicalRF contains 10,000 digital illustrations of human anatomy, disease states, medical devices, microscopic organisms and related concepts.

Correction: $5,100 Microstock Sale Keeps Photog Private

By Jim Pickerell | 66 Words | Posted 10/31/2007 | Comments

CEPIC Reconfirms Malta for 2008 Congress

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 62 Words | Posted 10/30/2007 | Comments

Dreamstime Joins CEPIC

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 111 Words | Posted 10/30/2007 | Comments

Capture Relaunches Back-Office System, Integrates PLUS Standards

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 409 Words | Posted 10/30/2007 | Comments
Las Vegas --The Berkshire, U.K.-based Capture Ltd. unveiled a completely revamped version of its Web-based back-office at the 2007 international conference of the Picture Archive Council of America.

Demand for Chinese Imagery Skyrockets

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 97 Words | Posted 10/29/2007 | Comments

European-Flavored Cultura Launches

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 203 Words | Posted 10/29/2007 | Comments
Established earlier this year by former Getty Images' vice president Anthony Harris, London-based Cultura launched its initial royalty-free 5,000-image collection Monday.

Masterfile Follows Getty Lead With Web-Use License

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 187 Words | Posted 10/29/2007 | Comments
Toronto-based Masterfile has launched a Web product similar to Getty Images: a new $49 Web-use license.

Wacky Asia-Images Email

By Jim Pickerell | 69 Words | Posted 10/26/2007 | Comments

Dreamstimes Makes $5,100 Exclusive Sale

By Jim Pickerell | 77 Words | Posted 10/26/2007 | Comments

VPD, THP and the Changing Image Distribution Environment

By Jim Pickerell | 396 Words | Posted 10/26/2007 | Comments

Corporate Designers Don't Do Web?

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 82 Words | Posted 10/26/2007 | Comments

Image Source Receives Accreditation, Honors

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 208 Words | Posted 10/26/2007 | Comments
The London-based royalty-free producer Image Source has had a good week. It has surpassed 100,000 images in its library, was accredited with the international quality standard ISO 9001 and was the only archive to be featured by Best Companies Guide 2007.

Stockxpert Launches Subscription Service

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 99 Words | Posted 10/25/2007 | Comments

BrightQube Launches With 2 Million Images

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 236 Words | Posted 10/25/2007 | Comments
BrightQube, a new Web-based stock-licensing business located in New York, has officially launched with 2 million images. The collection features 22 brands, including Blend, Corbis RF and PhotoAlto, among others.

Correction: 33% of Alamy Sales Commercial

By Jim Pickerell | 47 Words | Posted 10/25/2007 | Comments

Ethnic-Image Leader Re-Blends

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 381 Words | Posted 10/24/2007 | Comments
Blend Images, the Las Vegas-based stock agency with an exclusive specialization in multi-ethnic imagery, has launched an image-partner program to aggregate additional content for its Web site.

Imagestate Scheduled for Dissolution

By Jim Pickerell | 180 Words | Posted 10/24/2007 | Comments (4)
Imagestate is scheduled to be dissolved on January 12, 2008 after a notice to move from being under Administration to Dissolution was announced on October 12.

Access 1 Billion Photos

By Jim Pickerell | 339 Words | Posted 10/24/2007 | Comments
Some people complain that10 million photos are too many. Now, gives you access to 1 billion pieces of visual content.

LawGallery Seeks Legal Art, Shares Revenue

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 154 Words | Posted 10/23/2007 | Comments has issued a call for submissions to its professionally curated collection, accepting five submissions per applicant.

Interpublic Names Getty Preferred Media Partner

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 273 Words | Posted 10/23/2007 | Comments
Getty Images announced that it has been named a preferred digital media partner for the Interpublic Group. The agreement is designed to streamline Interpublic companies' access to Getty's library of digital media.

Piper Jaffray: Microstock Use Rising

By Jim Pickerell | 616 Words | Posted 10/23/2007 | Comments
A recent survey of stock photo buyers, conducted by the Piper Jaffray investment bank, found that 59% of respondents use images from microstock sources. This is up from 45% in 1Q 2007 and 30% in 2Q 2006.

Adorama Offers Video Workshops

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 46 Words | Posted 10/22/2007 | Comments

BAPLA Honors Alan Smith, TopFoto

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 270 Words | Posted 10/22/2007 | Comments
The British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies has awarded Alan Smith and TopFoto, the stock agency founded and managed by Smith, the 2007 BAPLA award for outstanding contribution to the image-licensing industry.

Sudipto Das Wins Environmental Photog Award

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 78 Words | Posted 10/19/2007 | Comments

Corbis Exhibits Sygma's Work, Pushes Preservation Initiative

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 332 Words | Posted 10/19/2007 | Comments
Since 2004, Corbis has devoted significant resources to preserving the historic image collection. The Sygma Preservation Initiative will move 50 million slides, negatives, prints and contact sheets to a new, climate-controlled, fire-safe and secure home near Paris.

Correction: Adobe Not Involved in LicenseStream Plug-in

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 65 Words | Posted 10/18/2007 | Comments

LicenseStream to Offer Rights-Management Support

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 314 Words | Posted 10/18/2007 | Comments
ImageSpan's newest product, LicenseStream, nears a full launch on Oct. 31. Although the online platform will host photographers' images and other content, its purpose is to offer transactional support with the rights-management process.

Shield Law Passes House of Representatives

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 125 Words | Posted 10/17/2007 | Comments

Crestock Relaunches Web Site, Competes on Image Quality

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 388 Words | Posted 10/17/2007 | Comments
The Bodø, Norway-based microstock underdog Crestock has unveiled the third version of its Web site. Crestock sells individual-image licenses, bulk-credit packages and subscriptions. Its business model is similar to other microstock providers in all ways save one: competing on image quality.

Ex-Getty Execs Launch Image Library, Web 2.0 Style

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 375 Words | Posted 10/16/2007 | Comments (1)
Former Getty Images CFO Lawrence Gould wants to appeal to the Google generation of creatives with his new royalty-free stock library ImagePick. Co-founded by Gould and former Getty director of e-commerce Tom Donnelly, ImagePick promises search simplicity and image quality.

Stallings and Martin Join Aurora Photos

By Jim Pickerell | 177 Words | Posted 10/16/2007 | Comments
Gregg Stallings and Lynn Martin have joined Aurora Photos, Stallings as director of sales and Martin as director of royalty free.

Web Video Continues Meteoric Rise, Affects Stock Licensing

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 333 Words | Posted 10/15/2007 | Comments
The explosion of video has already affected the stock-licensing and photography industries. The largest stock-image companies have all diversified into video-related service lines. And the impact is felt by companies large and small.

Corbis 90% Discount Revisited

By Jim Pickerell | 476 Words | Posted 10/15/2007 | Comments
The Corbis incentive program announced last week offers up to 90% discounts on RF images - with a few twists. The discounts are for low-volume customers, but if you qualify, it's a great deal.

Details of Alamy's Q3 Operations

By Jim Pickerell | 186 Words | Posted 10/15/2007 | Comments
Since 2004, Alamy has been providing detailed information relative to the company's operations, though as a private company, it's not required to do so. The following 2006-2007 financial breakdown can be useful to image suppliers.

Revenue Up At Alamy

By Jim Pickerell | 481 Words | Posted 10/15/2007 | Comments
Alamy had gross sales in Q3 2007 of $7,506,000 and is on track to exceed $28 million in all of 2007, up 15.5% from its 2006 revenue of $24,237,364.

Zymmetrical Pays 70% Contributor Commission

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 56 Words | Posted 10/12/2007 | Comments

Absolute Stock Photo Combines RF and RM in New License

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 129 Words | Posted 10/12/2007 | Comments

Rex Features, Loop Images Update Web Sites

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 390 Words | Posted 10/12/2007 | Comments
Two British image companies, Rex Features and Loop Images, launched redesigned Web sites this week. London-based Rex Features made over its site completely, adding new features, while Surrey-based Loop Images streamlined its home page to make it more user-friendly.

Ron Chapple And Microstock

By Jim Pickerell | 856 Words | Posted 10/12/2007 | Comments (1)
For 25 years Ron Chapple has been one of the world's leading stock photographers, always on the cutting edge of the next trend. In the 1990s he was the top seller of RM imagery for FPG, a major stock photo agency of that period. After Getty Images purchased FPG, Ron established Thinkstock, an RF production company. In 2004 he sold Thinkstock to Jupitermedia for more than $4 million. While still producing RM and traditional RF, he recently became an aggressive producer of microstock.

age fotostock to Launch Low-Budget Brand

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 504 Words | Posted 10/11/2007 | Comments
The Barcelona-based age fotostock announced plans to launch a new brand, Web site and business model, easyFotostock. The 35-year-old agency is calling it a "low-budget, royalty-free" offering.

Federal Shield Law Passes Judiciary Committee

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 165 Words | Posted 10/10/2007 | Comments
The proposed Federal Shield Law was designed to protect journalists from being forced to reveal their sources in federal court. Such laws are already in place in 32 states and Washington, D.C.; however, there is currently no federal version of the protection.

THP Launches Storage and Fulfillment Service

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 199 Words | Posted 10/10/2007 | Comments
age footstock’s Technological Hosting Platform Photo Services has launched a new service targeting stock-image distributors.

Adobe Integrates ImageSpan into Creative Suite 3

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 315 Words | Posted 10/10/2007 | Comments (2)
The Sausalito, Calif.-based ImageSpan is a licensing and revenue-automation platform offering rights-management, licensing and billing services alongside delivering creative content. ImageSpan’s LicenseStream, a service that simplifies the manual rights-clearance and licensing processes for content owners, is now offered on a subscription basis to over 100 million designers and other content creators using Adobe Creative Suite 3.

Corbis Offers 90% Discount on Royalty-Free Images

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 110 Words | Posted 10/9/2007 | Comments

Survey: Web Site Maintenance Outpaces New Site Design

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 379 Words | Posted 10/9/2007 | Comments
The Industry Measure, formerly known as TrendWatch Graphic Arts, released the latest edition of its annual Internet design and development market-survey report. The results of the survey confirm that online media remains strong, with 33% of respondents reporting excellent, improved business conditions since the previous summer.

Corbis Profiles New Workplace Trends

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 121 Words | Posted 10/8/2007 | Comments

Folio Closes Doors

By Jim Pickerell | 132 Words | Posted 10/8/2007 | Comments
The regional, rights managed stock agency Folio, based in Washington, D.C., has closed its doors after 20 years, citing “significant competitive changes” resulting from the proliferation of RF and Microstock sources.

Alamy Reaches 10 Million Images, Reveals Financials

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 432 Words | Posted 10/8/2007 | Comments (4)
A little under eight years since its founding, the Oxfordshire, U.K.-based Alamy uploaded its 10-millionth image today. To celebrate, all of today's sales will pay an additional 10% photographer commission. The company also publicly disclosed its revenues and financial projections for the future.

PYMCA Launches Model Release

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 50 Words | Posted 10/5/2007 | Comments

plainpicture Grows Library, Expands in Europe

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 236 Words | Posted 10/5/2007 | Comments
The Hamburg, Germany-based plainpicture has announced a new French office and the addition of three new exclusive brands to its collection.

Getty: November Deadline For Photo Grants

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 224 Words | Posted 10/4/2007 | Comments
Each year, Getty Images awards five editorial-photography grants totaling $100,000. Three $20,000 winners were selected from 124 applicants in September, and the deadline to apply for the next two grants is Nov. 15. The grants are designed to finance and provide editorial support to new documentary photo projects.

Supreme Court Sides with Photojournalist in Privacy Case

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 298 Words | Posted 10/4/2007 | Comments
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the March appellate-court decision that photojournalist Peter Turnley had a constitutional right to take a photo of soldier Kyle Brinlee's open casket, and Harper's Magazine had the same First Amendment right to publish it.

Ad Spending Net To Exceed Newspapers By 2011

By Jim Pickerell | 217 Words | Posted 10/4/2007 | Comments
Internet advertising - including pure-play Web sites and digital extensions of traditional media - will replace newspapers as the largest ad medium in 2011, according to research from Veronis Suhler Stevenson.

RM Sellers Win With MRR

By Jim Pickerell | 710 Words | Posted 10/3/2007 | Comments (1)
RM sellers are winners under the MRR strategy. Many photographers will note that size of usage is being ignored; a few customers will get really big uses for less than they might have paid in the past.

Aflo Represents Japan's Oldest Newspaper

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 155 Words | Posted 10/3/2007 | Comments
The Tokyo-based Aflo Co. and Mainichi Newspapers Co. have signed an agreement in which Aflo will represent the historical archive and current production of The Mainichi Shinbun.

Image Source Launches AXIS

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 153 Words | Posted 10/3/2007 | Comments
The London, U.K.-based Image Source has launched AXIS, a service that provides third-party production companies with access to Image Source's established sales channel and worldwide representation.

Designers Committed to Digital Cameras

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 165 Words | Posted 10/2/2007 | Comments
The Industry Measure, a specialized research and forecasting firm, predicts that graphic design and production establishments will spend $53.5 million on digital cameras between the summers of 2007 and 2008.

Getty Images Launches First Music Service

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 343 Words | Posted 10/2/2007 | Comments
Soundtrack, which provides instant legal clearance on music for broadcasting and advertising, is the first service Getty Images has launched since its $42 million acquisition of Pump Audio in June.

Advantages Of MRR For RF Seller

By Jim Pickerell | 706 Words | Posted 10/2/2007 | Comments (5)
All image sellers win with MRR. Possibly the biggest benefactor of such a pricing strategy is traditional RF (TRF).

Ibid To Shutter Operations

By Jim Pickerell | 135 Words | Posted 10/2/2007 | Comments

Seattle Photographer Awarded $1.3 Million in Copyright Lawsuit

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 246 Words | Posted 10/1/2007 | Comments
Lloyd Shugart, a Seattle-based professional photographer, was just awarded $1.3 million in a three-day jury trial. Represented by the Mann Law Group, Shugart was a defendant in the copyright-infringement case.

BBC Worldwide Acquires Lonely Planet

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 297 Words | Posted 10/1/2007 | Comments
BBC Worldwide has acquired the 30-year-old, Australia-based travel publisher Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet Images, a travel-stock library established in 1998, was part of the deal.

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