This issue has short items on: The launch of Nat. Geographic's web site and the participation of Panaoramic Images on that site; Printing Industry Sales Statistics, Ad Industry Sales Projections for 2003, a Court Decision Upholding a 5 Times Multiplier For Unauthorized Use; Several Items Relating to RF Uses, and more.
This article on 11 of the world's largest stock agencies was written by Pat Hunt and first published in the Picture Magazine in New York. Pat surveyed these companies and sumarized and reviewed their responses. Pat is a Stock and Marketing Consultant, former owner of Light Sources Stock in Massachusetts and currently VP, Sales at Index Stock Images.
Selling Stock is launching a new survey to assess stock income trends from the photographer's point of view, and to hopefully draw some conclusions for the future from this data. We urge all stock photographers to respond to this simple survey.
Is a period of deflation coming? What impact will the economic climate have on the stock photo industry? This story explores the current RM photography environment and how a continued weak economy my impact the future for both photographers and agents.
What rights do you get when you purchase an RF image? Many buyers think they can do whatever they please with the image, but if you dig through the fine print in the licenses that isn't true. The RF industry is losing money through misuse of their imagery. Some RF producers are calling for a standarization of license terms and new enforcement procedures.
Technology advances make it easier than ever for buyers of photography to cheat. Sellers need to be more vigilant in protecting there rights. I asked Gary Elsner, a consultant for photographers and stock agents, to outline some of the things sellers can do to protect their copyrights.