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Articles from April 2013

End Of Motion Picture Film

By Jim Pickerell | 269 Words | Posted 4/30/2013 | Comments
The Hollywood Reporter says the distribution of motion pictures on film in the U.S. could be over before the end of 2013. Eighty-five percent of the screens in North America have already switched to digital as have 67% of those in Europe.

Good News On The Copyright Front

By Jim Pickerell | 1417 Words | Posted 4/24/2013 | Comments
The Associated Press has scored a significant copyright victory in the case Associated Press v. Meltwater. While the issue in this case was about the “scraping” and re-purposing of copyrighted text it could have important applications for photographers whose images are grabbed and re-purposed by Internet sites. Meltwater’s fair use defense was struck down by the court.

Newscom Launches Pixation Images

By Jim Pickerell | 382 Words | Posted 4/23/2013 | Comments
Newscom, the world's largest multi-agency library of digital images, has announced the launch of its sister company, Pixation Images. The focus of this new platform is to provide quality creative images designed for commercial use that clients need to sell their story.

Alamy Introduces New Contributor Forum

By Jim Pickerell | 212 Words | Posted 4/22/2013 | Comments (1)
Alamy has introduced a new forum for contributors as part of their continuous improvement strategy. Access the forum here or here. Following the website redesign in April, the new forum has a fresh interface, enhanced features and is encouraging positive engagement within its community of photographers.

UIG To Distribute Japan Travel Bureau Images

By Jim Pickerell | 485 Words | Posted 4/18/2013 | Comments
JMC Inc (formerly JTB Photo Communications) based in Tokyo, Japan and Universal Images Group Limited (UIG) have entered into an agreement in Tokyo on April 12th 2013 for UIG to manage the global distribution business of JMC in respect of the JTB Photo picture library of 150,000 travel, travel related, cultural, cultural heritage and religious rights managed images. Another 650,000 to be edited and 10,000 new images per month are part of the deal.

Selling Instagram Photos

By Jim Pickerell | 289 Words | Posted 4/18/2013 | Comments
The Instagram community of 100 million users will have a new way to market their images with the August 2013 launch of InstaStockImages.

Scoopshot Partners With Ebyline

By Jim Pickerell | 324 Words | Posted 4/17/2013 | Comments
Scoopshot, the global crowdsourcing photo and video service has announced a global alliance with Ebyline, a company which helps media publishers, agencies and brands to collaborate with professional freelance journalists worldwide by providing workflow tools.

APA Joins Image Creator Lawsuit Against Google

By Jim Pickerell | 392 Words | Posted 4/17/2013 | Comments
The American Photographic Artists (APA) association has joined 15 plaintiffs in a copyright infringement lawsuit against Google that alleges the “Google Book Search” program violates the copyrights of numerous photographers and other visual artists.

Holding The Pricing Line

By Jim Pickerell | 910 Words | Posted 4/16/2013 | Comments
In recent discussions with agents operating in Europe it seems that it has become impossible to hold the line on pricing. They say there is always a competitor willing to undercut any rate.

Surprise: Images Are Cheaper In London Than India, But Not Beijing

By Jim Pickerell | 365 Words | Posted 4/15/2013 | Comments (1)
Last week we asked the question “Where is the best place to license images?” if the image is available in the Getty Images collection. We thought India might be the cheapest source, but we found some surprising cheaper alternatives.

Changing Photography Business

By Jim Pickerell | 2356 Words | Posted 4/12/2013 | Comments (5)
Anyone interested in a career as a photographer – as well as those photographers in mid-career -- needs to carefully consider how the business is changing. If we look at image use on the Internet it is undeniable that more images are being made available for viewing. However, for professionals this is not good news. More image use does not mean more demand for professionally produced images. It does not mean that there will be more opportunities for photographers to earn their living taking pictures. In fact, the opportunities to earn a living as a photographer are declining. Here’s why.

Where Is The Best Place To License Images?

By Jim Pickerell | 878 Words | Posted 4/10/2013 | Comments
If you want to license an image from Getty Images for use in the United Kingdom is it better to license the use in Canada or India? Recently, Kiratsinh Jadeja priced the same image for the same usage in both countries. He discovered that if he licensed the use in India the cost would be less than half the Canadian price. In either case he could legally use the image in the UK. Learn why.

Falling Prices: What To Do?

By Jim Pickerell | 1023 Words | Posted 4/8/2013 | Comments (6)
The CEPIC Congress in Barcelona June 10 – 14, 2013 will attract stock agents from around the world. Falling prices and the impact they are having on stock agencies and professional photographers will be one of the key issues discussed.??I posed a series of questions to a few industry leaders that will be in attendance. Earlier  Alfonso Gutierrez, CEO of age fotostock shared his observations and opinions. In this story I will examine responses from a few others.

“First Sale” Copyright Doctrine: Potential Threat To Image Licensing

By Paul Melcher | 487 Words | Posted 4/5/2013 | Comments (3)
There is a battle brewing in courts that everyone in the photo industry should pay very close attention to. A company called ReDigi ( is in the business of allowing anyone to resell “used” digital files. In other words, allowing anyone to sell, for example, an MP3 file they legally purchased. They claim rightful business practice under the first sale doctrine, the same rule that allows you to resell your used books.

Customer Reselling Of Copyrighted Material Legal

By Jim Pickerell | 238 Words | Posted 4/5/2013 | Comments (1)
Last month the U.S. Supreme Court in a 6-to-3 decision in the case of Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons found that Supap Kirtsaeng had the right to resell, in the United States, textbooks that his friends and relatives purchased in Thailand. The Thai math student at Cornell University generated roughly $900,000 in revenue by reselling books that can be purchased at a much lower price in Thailand than in the U.S.

Shutterstock Launches Offset: Opportunity For RM Photogs

By Jim Pickerell | 729 Words | Posted 4/3/2013 | Comments (2)
Shutterstock has announced plans to launch Offset, a new RF offering of premium, high-end stock photos and illustrations. Currently the curated collection is in private beta. A public launch will follow later this year.

Royalties Of A Few Thousandths Of A Cent!

By Jim Pickerell | 322 Words | Posted 4/2/2013 | Comments
Last week we wrote about the miniscule royalties that appeared on Getty’s February royalty statements. Many Getty Connect sales showed a royalty of $0.00. Getty has acknowledged that they made a rounding error on the recent statements and will report micro-royalties in fractions of a cent up to 5 decimal points in the future. Conceivably, a photographer could earn $0.00001 (one thousandth of a cent) for one license.

Licensing A Getty Image Found On Someone Else's URL Isn't Easy!

By Jim Pickerell | 1965 Words | Posted 4/1/2013 | Comments (1)
Getty Images makes it hard for some customers to purchase RM images. See what I learned when I tried to license usage of 4 images from Getty. We complain about the unauthorized use of images online and then we make it almost impossible for many potential image users to find out how to license images legitimately.

The Stock Business: View From A Stock Agency Photo Editor

By Rolf Sjogren | 2822 Words | Posted 4/1/2013 | Comments (1)
There was a time when one of the keys to being a successful stock photographer was to develop a strong working relationship with a top photo editor at one of the major stock agencies. That period has passed. Rolf Sjogren who managed a high-level team of art directors, photo editors, producers and retouchers for Getty Images from 2001 through 2008 explains what happened and gives us a picture editor's perspective on how the stock photo industry has changed in the last 20 or so years.

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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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