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Articles from February 2009

UGCX Conference Reviewed

By Jim Pickerell | 849 Words | Posted 2/27/2009 | Comments (1)
Thriving New York photographer, prolific stock shooter and Stock Artists Alliance president Shannon Fagan attended the first User Generated Content Conference and Expo in San Jose earlier this month. Fagan provided Selling Stock with some of his key take-aways, offered here with additional commentary.

Thought Equity Motion Offers March Madness Online Video Package

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 184 Words | Posted 2/27/2009 | Comments
Thought Equity Motion has partnered with the National Collegiate Athletic Association to offer online publishers NCAA March Madness video programming, complete with classic Motown sound.

Shutterstock Library Hits 6 Million Images

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 75 Words | Posted 2/26/2009 | Comments

PhotoEdit, NativeStock Team Up

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 48 Words | Posted 2/26/2009 | Comments

How Will Recession Effect Microstock?

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 622 Words | Posted 2/26/2009 | Comments (3)
We already know that professional image buyers have slashed spending. This week, stock-industry blogs and coversations were filled with phrases like "40% decline" and "half the revenues of last year." PhotoShelter says the sky is not falling, but its own survey shows that 40% of buyers are reducing image budgets. With iStockcharts data suggesting that iStockphoto revenues declined by 12% from January to February, many wonder if the microstock market is finally beginning to feel the effects of the global financial crisis.

Garden Photo World Joins Photolibrary

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 30 Words | Posted 2/25/2009 | Comments

plainpicture Expands Sales Team

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 24 Words | Posted 2/25/2009 | Comments

Could Microstock See A Plateau?

By Jim Pickerell | 252 Words | Posted 2/25/2009 | Comments
Buyer-respondents to PhotoShelter's recent survey say microstock use might decrease, but in reality, the answer depends on the type of buyers you ask.

ImageSpan Offers Discounts to ASMP, NPPA and PMA Members

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 140 Words | Posted 2/25/2009 | Comments (1)
ImageSpan, the California-based creator of the LicenseStream platform, has announced agreements with the American Society of Media Photographers, the National Press Photographers Association, and the Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations (known as PMA). Through these new partnerships, ImageSpan will be offering discounts on LicenseStream services to nearly 35,000 members of the three bodies.

U.S. Entertainment Archive for Sale

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 79 Words | Posted 2/25/2009 | Comments

2009 Sales Make Photographers Cry

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 53 Words | Posted 2/24/2009 | Comments

Getty Images Completes Acquisition of Jupiterimages, Jupitermedia Rebrands as WebMediaBrands

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 126 Words | Posted 2/24/2009 | Comments
Subject to some post-closing adjustments, Getty Images has completed the acquisition of Jupiterimages. Jupitermedia, which will now be called WebMediaBrands, is using the proceeds of the sale to pay debts.

PPA Announces "Relief" Package

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 74 Words | Posted 2/24/2009 | Comments

GumGum Signs b5media, Boasts High Quantcast Ranking

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 325 Words | Posted 2/24/2009 | Comments
GumGum has added b5media, one of the world's largest blog networks, to its client roster. In slightly more than a year since since its public launch, GumGum ranks among the top 100 Quantcast destinations.

Veer Marketplace Goes Live

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 87 Words | Posted 2/23/2009 | Comments
The new microstock arm of the Corbis empire, Veer Marketplace, is live as of Monday. This makes Veer the first major provider to integrate user-generated imagery into a traditional Web site.

plainpicture Partners with Arcangel Images

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 34 Words | Posted 2/23/2009 | Comments

Agency Closures: What Went Wrong?

By Jim Pickerell | 805 Words | Posted 2/23/2009 | Comments (1)
Recently, several stock agencies have found it necessary to discontinue operations. When that happens, photographer royalties often go unpaid. What went wrong for these firms and their photographers?

PhotoShelter Corrects Survey Statistics

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 46 Words | Posted 2/23/2009 | Comments

Two for One: Alamy, Fotolia Blunders

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 758 Words | Posted 2/23/2009 | Comments
Last week, two leading stock-image companies have made announcements that sent their contributors into apoplectic fits: Alamy released its Commercial Collection. Fotolia cut contributor royalties. Both came as a surprise to the two agencies' contributing photographers.

Infringing Use Alert

By Jim Pickerell | 88 Words | Posted 2/20/2009 | Comments

Two New Getty Grants Support Photographer Work with Non-Profits

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 177 Words | Posted 2/20/2009 | Comments
Getty Images has expanded its photographer grant program to include two $15,000 grants for work that raises awareness of a non-profit. These Grants for Good invite photographers to apply by April 15, and winners will be announced in June at the 2009 Cannes Advertising Festival.

Image Choices For Commercial Buyers

By Jim Pickerell | 625 Words | Posted 2/20/2009 | Comments (1)
Many may find the total number of images available worldwide for rights-managed and royalty-free licensing surprising.

BBC Exposes Stock-Photo Scam

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 79 Words | Posted 2/20/2009 | Comments (1)

Blend Launches Rights-Managed Collection

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 78 Words | Posted 2/19/2009 | Comments

Getty Images' Footage Sales Up

By Jim Pickerell | 184 Words | Posted 2/19/2009 | Comments
Sources at Getty Images report that the company had double-digit (10% or more) growth in stock-footage revenue in 2008. This is particularly significant because footage sales in 2007 were slightly down from 2006.

PhotoShelter: What Buyers Want from Photographer Web Sites

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 339 Words | Posted 2/19/2009 | Comments
PhotoShelter has asked photo buyers to share what they love and hate about image Web sites. Some of the answers, such as a universal hatred of unskippable Flash intros, are predictable, while others are less obvious.

Gates Buys into Kodak

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 55 Words | Posted 2/19/2009 | Comments (1)

Return Per Image At Getty

By Jim Pickerell | 677 Words | Posted 2/19/2009 | Comments
In November 2003 I began tracking Getty Images return-per-image by dividing the total number of RM and RF images into the total revenue generated in the previous four quarters. In the last four years Getty’s gross revenue from still image licensing has grown about 50%, but as the charts below show, not nearly as fast as the number of images added to the collection. As a result image suppliers have found that they have to produce more and more images each year just to stay even.

Mary Evans Reps ClassicStock

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 34 Words | Posted 2/18/2009 | Comments

Image Source Seeks to Acquire RF Content

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 61 Words | Posted 2/18/2009 | Comments

PicScout Promotes Gutelzon to CEO

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 117 Words | Posted 2/18/2009 | Comments
PicScout co-founder Offir Gutelzon has stepped up to become its chief executive officer. Gutelzon and co-founder Eyal Gura previously shared CEO responsibilities.

Pepper Stark Signs Deals with Look, India Picture

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 197 Words | Posted 2/18/2009 | Comments
California home and architectural stock agency Look Photography has engaged London-based Pepper Stark to manage international distribution of the royalty-free Built Images and the rights-managed Sheltered Images collections. Pepper Stark is also representing India Picture, the Indian delegate for Corbis.

Thought Equity Motion Licenses National Geographic Footage Worldwide

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 51 Words | Posted 2/17/2009 | Comments

BAPLA Changes Strategic Direction

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 293 Words | Posted 2/17/2009 | Comments
The British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies has announced that it is making a strategic change in focus, in order to reflect the needs of the current economic climate. The body has unveiled a new set of objectives, key among which is attracting more picture buyers to the BAPLA membership.

Final Days of Jupiterimages

By Jim Pickerell | 437 Words | Posted 2/13/2009 | Comments (1)
With the approach of the February 20th Jupitermedia stockholder vote on the sale of Jupiterimages to Getty Images, tensions are rising among employees and image suppliers.

iStockphoto Launches Audio, Announces MuseWorx Deal

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 173 Words | Posted 2/13/2009 | Comments
The Getty-owned microstock has launched its much-anticipated audio business this week. Separately, iStock announced a partnership with software-as-service provider MuseWorx, which hopes to capitalize on the cost-effectiveness of its online offering during a downturn.

Corbis Highlights Wired Women

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 185 Words | Posted 2/13/2009 | Comments
The latest Corbis Creative IQ Trends report says the technological gender gap has closed as women increasingly incorporate technology into their daily lives.

liveBooks Launches RESOLVE Blog

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 316 Words | Posted 2/12/2009 | Comments
Former American Photo senior editor Miki Johnson is heading liveBooks' new blog as social media editor. Titled RESOLVE, the blog intends to become a collaborative online community that brings together photographers and industry pros to keep the business relevant, respected and profitable.

Aurora Reps Noor in U.S.

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 68 Words | Posted 2/12/2009 | Comments

Why Creators Receive 20% of Royalty-Free Sales

By Jim Pickerell | 678 Words | Posted 2/12/2009 | Comments (3)
Photographers frequently ask how royalty-free still photography got started and why creators only receive 20% of royalty free sales. Here is a little history.

Aurora Photos Launches Multimedia Agency

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 119 Words | Posted 2/11/2009 | Comments
Portland stock-photo agency Aurora Photos has launched Aurora Novus. The new business will be based in Los Angeles and will focus on digital storytelling via the Web, television and other digital platforms.

AP, Getty Announce New Sports Distribution Deals

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 311 Words | Posted 2/11/2009 | Comments
The Associated Press and Getty Images both announced new exclusive distribution partnerships on Tuesday. AP Images has become the photo-licensing agent for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, while Getty Images is the new distribution partner of the Association of Surfing Professionals. Financial arrangements of either agreement were not disclosed.

Capture Uses PLUS

By Jim Pickerell | 372 Words | Posted 2/11/2009 | Comments
Capture Office Online, a suite of Web-based back office software widely used by photographers, stock agents and photo buyers in the U.K. and Europe, has integrated the Picture Licensing Universal System into its pricing functionality.

BAPLA Opposes British Newspaper Rate Cuts

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 442 Words | Posted 2/10/2009 | Comments
Citing economic pressures, several U.K. newspapers announced reductions in rates paid to their suppliers, including journalists and picture agencies. The British Association of Picture Libraries and agencies has recommended its members reject the new pricing.

Use Based Pricing Revisited

By Jim Pickerell | 966 Words | Posted 2/10/2009 | Comments (1)
A recent proposal a use-based pricing model generated many subscriber comments, which this article endeavors to address.

June Copyright Summit to Address New Frontiers

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 115 Words | Posted 2/9/2009 | Comments

Veer Marketplace Answers Customer Demand

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 354 Words | Posted 2/9/2009 | Comments
"The overall market today increasingly demands images that address needs across all price spectrums--traditional and microstock. More and more Veer customers desired a broader offering. The Veer brand needed to deliver on this," says former Veer executive Nairn Nerland, who now holds the post of senior vice president, networks, Corbis.

Selling Same Photos At Different Prices

By Jim Pickerell | 513 Words | Posted 2/6/2009 | Comments (3)
Leading traditional and microstock photographers and agency owners share their views on selling the same images at different prices.

Black Star Promotes Assignment Photography with E-Book

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 187 Words | Posted 2/6/2009 | Comments (1)
When to Use Assignment Photography, a new e-book published by 74-year-old New York agency Black Star, presents specific circumstances in which buyers should commission shoots rather than to settle for microstock or other cost-cutting options.

Corbis Rethinks SnapVillage

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 186 Words | Posted 2/5/2009 | Comments (2)
For some time, observers have wondered about the apparent lack of traction of Corbis' late-to-market microstock division SnapVillage. Apparently, so has Corbis: SnapVillage will be gone by the end of this year, to be replaced by a new product.

PicScout Signs NordicPhotos

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 88 Words | Posted 2/5/2009 | Comments
Stockholm-based NordicPhotos has become PicScout's first new client of 2009.

Getty Images Distributes Jane Goodall Institute Footage

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 136 Words | Posted 2/5/2009 | Comments
Getty Images has become the exclusive distributor of the Jane Goodall Institute's footage of endangered chimpanzees.

Fairey, Associated Press Face Off Over Obama Poster

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 243 Words | Posted 2/5/2009 | Comments
The Associated Press is going after Los Angeles artist Shepard Fairey for copyright infringement. The AP claims to own the photo Fairey used as basis for the famed Obama "HOPE" poster; Fairey claims fair use. Image ownership and the application of the fair-use exception are the two unclear aspects of this potential legal battle, which has yet to become a formal lawsuit.

Toelle, Porst Join Fotofinder

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 53 Words | Posted 2/4/2009 | Comments

Macpherson Rejoins Corbis Outline

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 48 Words | Posted 2/4/2009 | Comments

Alamy Pays Over $20 Million to Contributors in 2008

By Jim Pickerell | 247 Words | Posted 2/4/2009 | Comments
In 2008, Alamy paid its contributors $20.8 million of $31.5 million in gross sales. The company has also disclosed summary sales and return-per-image information for the top 100 sellers in the photographer and agency categories, demonstrating that there is no right answer to the age-old question of loose versus tight editing.

Getty Images Closes Scoopt

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 464 Words | Posted 2/4/2009 | Comments
Citizen journalism Web site Scoopt will not make it to its fourth birthday. Established by Scottish duo Kyle and Jill MacRae in July 2005, Scoopt became Getty Images' property in March 2007 and will cease to exist March 2009.

5 Scottish Cultural Collections Unite in New Image Library

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 257 Words | Posted 2/3/2009 | Comments
The National Archives of Scotland, in partnership with The National Library of Scotland, National Museums Scotland, The National Trust for Scotland and The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, has developed Scotland's Images.

Tracking iStockphoto Sales

By Jim Pickerell | 148 Words | Posted 2/3/2009 | Comments
If the iStockphoto's growth rate were to remain flat for the rest of 2009, it would license rights to over 25,690,000 images for the year.

Thriving Archives Releases Footage Buyer Survey

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 84 Words | Posted 2/3/2009 | Comments

AP, Getty Shooters Dominate PGB Nominees

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 93 Words | Posted 2/3/2009 | Comments

The Image Works Offers CandidatePhotos

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 158 Words | Posted 2/3/2009 | Comments
The work of CandidatePhotos co-founder Chris Fitzgerald is now available via The Image Works. Covering 20 presidential candidates and 30 states, the collection depicts the two-year period preceding the recent U.S. election.

Use-Based Pricing Needed

By Jim Pickerell | 814 Words | Posted 2/2/2009 | Comments (8)
The industry needs a new pricing model. The models we have include rights-managed, royalty-free, subscription, microstock and rights-ready, which is about to become extinct. What is needed is use-based pricing, or UBP.

Alamy Toughens Quality Control

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 66 Words | Posted 2/2/2009 | Comments

Corbis Trims 30 Jobs

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 220 Words | Posted 2/2/2009 | Comments
Around 30 people will be departing Corbis over the next two months. Cognizant of the global economic crisis, the Bill Gates-owned company is taking a fiscally conservative approach to 2009.

Westend61 and vario Partner in Floral Promo

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 46 Words | Posted 2/2/2009 | Comments

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