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Articles from November 2012

Memoto Camera: Recording Every Moment

By Jim Pickerell | 340 Words | Posted 11/28/2012 | Comments (3)
Think there are too many pictures on the Internet. The number is about to explode. About a year ago a team of Sweden’s most innovative and experienced entrepreneurs, its foremost camera electronics engineer, and an industrial designer decided people needed an easier way to create searchable, shareable memories. They believe we tend to forget some of the best things we experience because there is no record. They set out to change all that and started Memoto, a company with the goal of giving everyone true photographic memory.

Is Small Claims The Answer For Protecting Copyright?

By Jim Pickerell | 731 Words | Posted 11/27/2012 | Comments (1)
For several years there have been discussions about the possibility of developing a simplified, less costly, less burdensome process for making a legal claim for unauthorized use of images. Currently all copyright infringement claims in the U.S. must be brought in Federal Court. Is a small claims system the answer?

Shutterstock Had A $42.3 Million Third Quarter

By Jim Pickerell | 1106 Words | Posted 11/21/2012 | Comments (1)
Shutterstock has reported revenue of $42.3 million for the third quarter, a 36% increase over Q3 2011. The company expects to generate revenue of $44 to $45 million in the fourth quarter. Based on that projection revenue for 2012 will be between $164 and $168 million, up $44.7 million compared to the 2011 revenue of $120.3 million. This will be a 37% increase in revenue for the year.

Alamy Lowers Royalties

By Jim Pickerell | 448 Words | Posted 11/20/2012 | Comments
Alamy has announced that beginning in January 2013 they will be reducing contributor royalty for direct and distributor sales by 10%. The new terms will be: Alamy Blue: Alamy commission 50%, Contributor commission 50% for Alamy Blue sales and 40% to the Distributor, 30% to Alamy, 30% to the Contributor for distributor sales.

Blend Images Launches Camera Phone Collection

By Jim Pickerell | 434 Words | Posted 11/20/2012 | Comments
A sure sign that camera phone images have become mainstream in the commercial image world is the announcement by Blend Images that it has added Memento, a new camera phone stock image collection, to its offering.  Memento will feature strongly conceptual and illustrative commercial content and will be available for licensing at www.blendimages.com and stock resellers worldwide in early 2013.

Which Agency Offers The Best Royalty?

By Jim Pickerell | 832 Words | Posted 11/19/2012 | Comments (3)
A photographer recently asked if I could point her to a chart that shows what royalty percentage each stock distributors pays its photographers so she could better determine which offered the best deal. She added, “I recognize that there were a number of factors involved -- home territories, partner agents, image collections, number of photographer’s images licensed, rights managed, traditional royalty free, microstock – so hopefully the chart would take all these factors into consideration.”

Alamy Offers Customers More Control With Alamy IQ

By Jim Pickerell | 311 Words | Posted 11/15/2012 | Comments
Alamy has launched Alamy iQ, a service designed to help customers better manage all the visual assets they own or have licensed rights to use. Alamy iQ will be particularly beneficial to global organizations that have people sourcing visual assets from many locations for a variety of uses. It will complement or replace existing asset management systems, help speed decision making and eliminate risk.

Bigstock Partners With CafePress and Emma

By Jim Pickerell | 209 Words | Posted 11/15/2012 | Comments (1)
Bigstock, a subsidiary of Shutterstock, has announced a new API program along with two world-class partners: CafePress Inc., The World's Customization Engine™, and Emma an email marketing provider. These partners will utilize Bigstock's recently released API to provide their customers with access to Bigstock's expansive library of professional, commercially licensable photographs and illustrations.

Dreamstime Seeking Images Created With Mobile Phones

By Jim Pickerell | 435 Words | Posted 11/14/2012 | Comments
Today more than a quarter of all photos taken are taken on smartphones. No longer is the mobile phone just a communication device. Now users can take pictures with their phones anywhere, anytime without worrying about heavy equipment or camera settings. As of this month Dreamstime has started accepting both editorial and commercial pictures that are shot using a mobile phone.

Foap Receives $500,000 in Funding

By Jim Pickerell | 308 Words | Posted 11/14/2012 | Comments (1)
Foap, the site that licenses crowdsourced travel images taken by iPhone user, has received an additional $500,000 in funding from Jade Global Investments. David Los, co-founder of Foap, attributes the company’s growth to a first-mover advantage in offering iPhone users an opportunity to monetize photos already stored on their phones.

Broken Business Model

By Jim Pickerell | 1239 Words | Posted 11/13/2012 | Comments
One of the programs at the recent PACA International Conference asked five industry visionaries to explore emerging trends and predict what the stock photo business will be like in 2022. There was general agreement that the current business model of licensing based on usage is broken and that in a few years (probably a lot less than 10) it will be necessary to develop a completely different approach to licensing.

Shutterstock Introduces Portfolio Pages

By Jim Pickerell | 459 Words | Posted 11/12/2012 | Comments
Shutterstock has introduced a new Portfolio Page feature that allows contributors to organize their collection into sets they want to feature. Once a significant number of contributors have taken advantage of this opportunity Shutterstock will encourage their customers to check out the galleries and image sets that their contributors have created.

UK Creators Deeply Concerned About Copyright Bill In Parliament

By Jim Pickerell | 295 Words | Posted 11/9/2012 | Comments
Stock photo professionals in the UK and across Europe are deeply concerned about the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill that is working its way through Parliament. As currently proposed it represent a serious threat to the ability of  rightsholders to generate income from copyrighted works.

Image Source; Cultura Creative Launch Photographer Workshops

By Jim Pickerell | 355 Words | Posted 11/8/2012 | Comments
In October after Image Source acquired Cultura Creative (see story) the company immediately launched a series of photographer-centered workshops designed to inform top professional photographers of current industry trends.

Is Anything Real?

By Jim Pickerell | 330 Words | Posted 11/7/2012 | Comments
In her presentations “The Fixer” at Photo Shelter’s Luminance event in September, retoucher and illustrator Amy Dresser beautifully demonstrated that there is no reality in photography any more. You'll be amazed at what she can do with Photoshop and Illustrator.

Is Instagram A Professional Tool For Photographers?

By Jim Pickerell | 317 Words | Posted 11/7/2012 | Comments
After Hurricane Sandy many news organizations will be thinking hard about covering breaking news events with iPhone’s and delivering the images via Instagram. Kira Pollack, Director of Photography for Time Magazine, hired five professional photographers to cover the event with their iPhones rather than their digital SLRs. By delivering the images via Instagram Time was able to show customers a more comprehensive report faster that would have been possible with a traditional approach to the assignment.

Design Pics Acquires Axiom Photographic Agency

By Jim Pickerell | 695 Words | Posted 11/6/2012 | Comments (1)
Axiom Photographic Agency Limited ceased trading on September 20, 2012, and was subsequently placed into Voluntary Liquidation at a meeting of the shareholders on October 23, 2012 due to its inability to meet its obligations to creditors. The Liquidator subsequently accepted an offer presented by Design Pics Inc., to purchase the assets of Axiom Photographic, which became effective October 25, 2012.

Is There A Future In Creating Images For Educational Use?

By Jim Pickerell | 1619 Words | Posted 11/1/2012 | Comments
At the PACA International Conference in Chicago in October the keynote speakers was Ken Carson, EVP and General Counsel of Cengage Learning. He outlined many of the challenges educational publishers face today and provided insights as to where content licensing for educational use is headed.

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Jim Pickerell launched his career as a photographer in 1963. In 1990 he began publishing a regular newsletter on stock photography. In 1995 the information was made available online as well as in print and was gradually expanded to a daily service. Click here for Pickerell's full biography.

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