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Articles from October 2008

Photos.com To Sell Single Images; Shutterstock Shooter Commissions Up

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 111 Words | Posted 10/31/2008 | Comments
Jupiterimages announced that Photo.com will now sell images as singles and reported an 11% increase in StockXpert contributor royalties.

Digital Railroad Insider Sheds Light on What Went Wrong

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 1404 Words | Posted 10/31/2008 | Comments (1)
An insider from the now-defunct Digital Railroad contacted Selling Stock to say that a number of media outlets have misreported what has transpired at the company and to offer a different viewpoint.

Image Companies Struggle to Integrate Sound

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 666 Words | Posted 10/30/2008 | Comments
A number of stock companies are betting that the rising popularity of multimedia content will spur the growth of stock music and sound licensing. Though there has been some activity in this area, integrating audio into the broader stock business is proving to be a challenge.

PACA Plans Multi-Agency Search Engine

By Jim Pickerell | 515 Words | Posted 10/30/2008 | Comments (2)
The Picture Archive Council of America aims to become the Google of commercial stock imagery. PACA plans to launch a stock-image search engine with a simple interface that will enable customers to quickly identify collections with images that relate to any of more than 120,000 of the most used search terms.

Publicis Sees Digital Media as Stable and Growing

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 307 Words | Posted 10/29/2008 | Comments
Not all forecasts are dark: Publicis, one of the world's largest advertising and media services organizations, reported relatively strong third-quarter results, driven by digital media.

Digital Railroad Shuts Down---Can PhotoShelter Step Up?

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 525 Words | Posted 10/29/2008 | Comments (2)
As Digital Railroad hurriedly shuts down, PhotoShelter is offering discounts and technical assistance with archive migration.

Alamy Appoints New Board Member

By Jim Pickerell | 75 Words | Posted 10/29/2008 | Comments

BREAKING: Digital Railroad Shuts Down

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 188 Words | Posted 10/28/2008 | Comments (5)
Digital Railroad has given a 24-hour shutdown notice. Photographers using the company's online archiving service are advised to backup needed information immediately.

Photographers Sue Getty Images Over Premium Access

By Jim Pickerell | 446 Words | Posted 10/28/2008 | Comments (2)
Photographers Roger Ressmeyer, Richard Minden and 82 other named complainants have filed a copyright infringement suit against Getty Images in the Eastern District of New York. The plaintiffs allege that licensing their rights-managed images as part of Getty's Premium Access subscription product is a violation of existing contractual agreements.

Corbis Predicts Slight Industry Decline by 2012

By Jim Pickerell | 390 Words | Posted 10/28/2008 | Comments
Corbis predicts still-image sales will decline only slightly by 2012. However, this is no reason to be sanguine, as the same total will be divided differently among various industry segments. In addition, this analysis was completed during the summer, prior to the more recent economic disruption.

Corbis To Reduce Rights-Managed Royalties, Sustain Q3 Profitability

By Jim Pickerell | 354 Words | Posted 10/28/2008 | Comments
During a weekend seminar at PhotoPlus Expo in New York, Corbis has announced that it will adjust rights-managed photographers' royalty rates downward "to harmonize its royalties with industry norms." Company CEO Gary Shenk also told Selling Stock that Corbis recorded a profit during the last quarter.

Global Look Reps Alaska Stock in Canada, Russia

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 43 Words | Posted 10/27/2008 | Comments

Cardell Resigns as Jupitermedia President, COO

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 39 Words | Posted 10/27/2008 | Comments

Moodboard Launches FTP Uploader

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 170 Words | Posted 10/27/2008 | Comments
The U.K. agency has accepted images irrespective of a contributor’s professional status since its launch. It has now launched an online FTP uploader that makes contributing even easier.

Digimarc Updates Photoshop Plugin, Monitoring Service

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 205 Words | Posted 10/27/2008 | Comments
Digimarc for Images ships in-box with Adobe Photoshop and now includes improved resizing capabilities, foreign-language support and expanded Web monitoring services.

Plainpicture Releases Promotional Magazines

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 37 Words | Posted 10/24/2008 | Comments

PhotoShelter Offers Discount to Digital Railroad Customers

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 77 Words | Posted 10/24/2008 | Comments

Stirton Named International Photographer of the Year

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 139 Words | Posted 10/24/2008 | Comments
Getty Images photographer Brent Stirton took home several honors from this year's Lucie Awards, including International Photographer of the Year.

Getty Images to Acquire Jupiterimages for $96 Million

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 532 Words | Posted 10/24/2008 | Comments (2)
Getty Images and Jupitermedia announced a stock-purchase agreement that transfers ownership of Jupiter's wholly owned subsidiary, online image-licensing business Jupiterimages Corp., to Getty Images. The aggregate price of the deal is $96 million in cash--somewhere between a third and a quarter of the numbers discussed when last year's deal between the two companies fell apart for undisclosed reasons.

Kursiv Expands Budget Offering

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 89 Words | Posted 10/23/2008 | Comments
Swiss agency sees need for additional low-cost content.

Garden Photo World Launches Rights-Managed Library

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 62 Words | Posted 10/23/2008 | Comments
Seattle-based horticultural offering unites images and feature stories.

The Copyright Registry Launches in Beta

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 297 Words | Posted 10/23/2008 | Comments (1)
The Copyright Registry is a free online beta service, whose mission is to help creators claim, track and defend their copyright, while simultaneously helping users find the owners of creative works.

Digital Ad Spending Cannibalizes Traditional

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 183 Words | Posted 10/22/2008 | Comments
According to a survey of 175 chief marketing officers, budgets are shifting to interactive and digital marketing--at the expense of traditional spending.

Diversifying Challenges Solo Stock Shooters

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 839 Words | Posted 10/22/2008 | Comments
As stock photographers face unprecedented competition in their own space, many are thinking of diversifying into other photography niches. However, earning a living as a photographer is becoming increasingly difficult in all segments of the industry.

Magnum Offers InSight on America

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 278 Words | Posted 10/21/2008 | Comments
InSight America, a documentary project of Magnum Photos, launched on the eve of the U.S. presidential election to chronicle what the photojournalism cooperative sees a critical moment in the country's history.

Berliner, Rex Merge U.S. Operations

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 304 Words | Posted 10/21/2008 | Comments
British editorial agency Rex Features announced a merger of its North American operations with the Los Angeles-based Berliner group of companies.

PhotoShelter Updates Personal Archive, Supports Digital Railroad

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 165 Words | Posted 10/20/2008 | Comments
PhotoShelter has released Personal Archive 2.0. CEO Allen Murabayashi discusses new features and expresses support for Digital Railroad.

Tribune Co. To Drop Associated Press

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 140 Words | Posted 10/20/2008 | Comments
If it does not renegotiate terms, the Associated Press will face the largest client loss since its announcement of a new fee structure.

Masterfile Sponsors Ontario Design Association

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 68 Words | Posted 10/20/2008 | Comments

Digital Railroad: "It Is Not Over"

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 591 Words | Posted 10/18/2008 | Comments
So says Digital Railroad shareholder and former vice president of marketing and sales Mark Ippolito on the heels of last Wednesday's announcement of the company's financial woes. On Wednesday, Digital Railroad notified its community that its recent attempts to obtain funding have not succeeded, and the company has initiated a cost-reduction process.

a21 Folds MediaMagnet into SuperStock

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 449 Words | Posted 10/17/2008 | Comments
The troubled Florida company has announced that it has integrated the budget MediaMagnet offering into the SuperStock Web site. While the company says that the MediaMagnet brand continues to grow, its consolidation with a21 Group's flagship stock product suggests that the budget brand has failed to gain enough traction as a standalone product.

Image Source Revamps Web Site

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 55 Words | Posted 10/17/2008 | Comments
ImageSource.com boasts new look and technology.

Survey Explodes "No Money in Microstock" Myth

By Jim Pickerell | 439 Words | Posted 10/17/2008 | Comments (3)
When talking about microstock, most traditional stock photographers like to say, "You can never make money selling pictures for $1.00!" The data from Selling Stock's recent survey and other available industry information tends to explode that myth.

PhotoAlto, Tavin Launch Rights-Managed Collection

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 45 Words | Posted 10/17/2008 | Comments
Its founders describe IC Worldwide as "a union of Parisian and New York photographic thought."

Correction: Stock Income per Licensing Model

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 65 Words | Posted 10/16/2008 | Comments
In the tables included in Oct. 16 "Survey: Stock Income per Licensing Model," several columns were mislabeled due to formatting issues. The story was updated with correct data at 2:15PM EST.

German Court Says Google Image Previews Violate Copyright

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 381 Words | Posted 10/16/2008 | Comments
In two separate cases, the Regional Court of Hamburg ruled this week that Google's creation and distribution of image thumbnails for the purposes of indexing online content violates copyright law.

Survey: Stock Income per Licensing Model

By Jim Pickerell | 457 Words | Posted 10/16/2008 | Comments
Stock photography is licensed in several ways. Of 238 respondents to the recent Selling Stock survey, 179 licensed some work as rights-managed, and 37 licensed under Getty Images' rights-ready model. Stock income reported was usually less than the respondents' total income, because many photographers earned some revenue from sources other than stock.

Survey: Highest End of Stock-Photo Market

By Jim Pickerell | 316 Words | Posted 10/15/2008 | Comments
The first thing to consider when reviewing the results of the Selling Stock income survey is the degree to which these figures represent the total community of individual stock-image producers.

Survey: Photographer Income Sources

By Jim Pickerell | 209 Words | Posted 10/15/2008 | Comments (1)
Stock shooters who also do assignment work earn as much from it as from stock, but their average income from stock is much lower than the overall stock-revenue average. In addition, footage producers emerge as overall revenue winners.

Stock Photography In Economic Downturn

By Jim Pickerell | 555 Words | Posted 10/15/2008 | Comments
The economic downturn is likely to hit traditional stock shooters hard. Advertising theory says that when sales go down, it is important to increase advertising spending in order to increase market share. Combined with the possibility of assignment budgets moving toward stock, some professional photographers hope that advertisers will buy more images. This is highly unlikely.

2007 Income Survey Results

By Jim Pickerell | 408 Words | Posted 10/14/2008 | Comments (6)
Selling Stock's self-employed photographer income survey accounts for close to $33 million in revenues generated by 238 respondents from 19 countries.

New Law Strengthens IP Protection

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 715 Words | Posted 10/14/2008 | Comments
On Monday, the President of the United States of America signed several bills into law. Among them was S. 3325, Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO IP) Act of 2008, which amends civil and criminal IP laws, establishes a new executive-level coordinator position and authorizes Justice Department grants to assist in combating IP theft and infringement.

IPTC, PLUS Welcome Metadata Group Guidelines

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 68 Words | Posted 10/13/2008 | Comments

PACA Releases Copyright Video, Stresses Education

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 378 Words | Posted 10/13/2008 | Comments
According to the Picture Archive Council of America, copyright "has been a somewhat overlooked point of emphasis in the training of employees throughout the industry." PACA hopes to help address this problem with its copyright education program, posthumously named after stock-industry veteran Jane Kinne.

All Over Press Opens Moscow Office

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 77 Words | Posted 10/13/2008 | Comments
Finnish picture agency All Over Press International has opened a Moscow office to serve local, mainly editorial clients.

Global Ad Forecast Slashed in Half

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 321 Words | Posted 10/10/2008 | Comments
Though the American presidential race has placed the country's economy in the global spotlight, the economic crisis is also global and will have a profound effect on the advertising revenues of developed markets.

The Image Works Celebrates 25 Years

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 97 Words | Posted 10/10/2008 | Comments (2)
The Image Works, an editorial stock agency located in the historic New York state town of Woodstock, is celebrating 25 years in business.

Mary Evans Adds New Francis Frith Imagery

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 64 Words | Posted 10/9/2008 | Comments
The Francis Frith Collection documents the history of Britain from 1860 to 1970.

Ex-Masterfile ADs Launch 2 Girls Productions

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 74 Words | Posted 10/9/2008 | Comments
Leisa Mercer and Vicki Schelstraete have established a production company in Toronto.

Thought Equity Reaches 250,000 Clips, Touts HD Delivery System

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 275 Words | Posted 10/9/2008 | Comments
Denver-based Thought Equity Motion announced that its library has grown to over 250,000 clips, which the company says is twice the size of its nearest competitors. Though Equity also claims to have the industry's most advanced delivery platform for high-definition content: Nearly all of the digital footage files licensed by the company are delivered online.

The Cover Story Relocates to India

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 178 Words | Posted 10/8/2008 | Comments
In an email letter to its business partners, Amsterdam-based features and images agency The Cover Story has announced that it is moving its sales and operations office to Bangalore, India, as of Nov. 1. The letter acknowledges that some may see the move as dramatic but claims that the relocation offers new opportunities.

iStockphoto Inks Deal with Avery Dennison

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 277 Words | Posted 10/8/2008 | Comments
iStockphoto and Avery Dennison Office Products have announced a multi-year agreement to cross-promote each other's offerings.

TinEye Goes Mobile

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 156 Words | Posted 10/7/2008 | Comments
TinEye, the first image-to-image search engine developed by Canadian technology company Idée, will soon release a beta mobile application for the Apple iPhone.

'New York' Wins Cover of the Year

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 44 Words | Posted 10/7/2008 | Comments
Winning cover sports image of Spitzer by Getty Images/Contour.

Sorting Out IndexStock Obligations

By Jim Pickerell | 726 Words | Posted 10/7/2008 | Comments (2)
When Photolibrary acquired IndexStock in late 2006, it took on the obligation of paying contributors all they were owed by the previous owners. To date, Photolibrary has paid out $1.96 million to 632 individual photographers. (All pre-acquisition monies owed to third-party suppliers have also been paid.) One of Photolibrary's first moves was to pay all contributors the amounts owed for sales booked in the six months prior to acquisition.

Nachtwey Uses Prize to Document XDR-TB

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 96 Words | Posted 10/7/2008 | Comments

Getty Images Invites Applications for Editorial Grants

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 187 Words | Posted 10/6/2008 | Comments
Professional and student photojournalists are invited to apply for one of Getty Images' editorial grants by Nov. 15.

Onepricestock Adds Redhot Footage

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 58 Words | Posted 10/6/2008 | Comments
Web-res offering expands inventory.

World Press Photo Invites Entries

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 46 Words | Posted 10/6/2008 | Comments
The world's preeminent photojournalism competition is now inviting entries for the 2009 contest.

LOOK Launches RM Collection

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 72 Words | Posted 10/3/2008 | Comments
California agency launches residential-architecture line that includes project information.

Oversupply Not a Problem for Buyers

By Jim Pickerell | 564 Words | Posted 10/3/2008 | Comments (1)
There are a number of reasons to believe that a rapidly growing supply of images may not be as big a problem for the buyer as some industry insiders think. Large image collections are outpacing tightly edited rivals in revenue growth in all pricing categories, suggesting that collection size and pricing are not the only factors influencing buyer decisions.

Photononstop Expands Team

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 94 Words | Posted 10/3/2008 | Comments
Paris agency hires four new sales and content executives.

Digital Railroad Marketplace Courts Exclusives

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 67 Words | Posted 10/3/2008 | Comments
Marketplace buyers want to be able to identify exclusive images.

Masterfile Releases Wellness, Beauty Series

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 76 Words | Posted 10/3/2008 | Comments
Hamburg-based advertising photographer AL Accardo shoots rights-managed series.

Getty Images Renews Contract with PicScout

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 160 Words | Posted 10/2/2008 | Comments
PicScout remains exclusive Getty supplier of image-tracking services.

Reflex Stock Launches Editorial Collection

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 67 Words | Posted 10/2/2008 | Comments
The new rights-managed editorial collection includes Heritage Images, which unites content from Britain's top museums and libraries.

Art Life Images Launches Rights-Managed iTravelstock

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 80 Words | Posted 10/2/2008 | Comments
Florida distributor has added a rights-managed active-travel offering to its 12-million-image inventory.

Image Supply Continues Rising

By Jim Pickerell | 629 Words | Posted 10/2/2008 | Comments
Many believe the marketplace has an oversupply of images. This raises several concerns for image producers.

Alaska on Fire

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 457 Words | Posted 10/1/2008 | Comments
"We are having fun here," says Jeff Shultz, owner of Anchorage-based Alaska Stock Images, which snagged the cover of this month's issue of Newsweek. Shultz is also having a great month as a photographer: in a career-defining milestone, one of his images will be printed on a U.S. postal stamp commemorating Alaska's 50th anniversary of statehood.

Greenberg vs. National Geographic Continues

By Jim Pickerell | 141 Words | Posted 10/1/2008 | Comments
Jerry Greenberg has once again petitioned the Supreme Court in his long-running battle with the National Geographic Society, which reused his copyrighted images without compensation in a CD-ROM compilation.

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