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Articles from June 2007
This edition has stories on: Global Digital Copyright Project Sees Progress; Shutterstock Inventory Grows, Fotolia's Shrinks; Barcroft Launches Video Division and LuckyOliver Announces Partnerships.
"I am bored," admitted Getty Images CEO Jonathan Klein in the beginning of his speech at the William Blair Growth Stock Conference. Having given hundreds of similar addresses to investors, Klein decided to forgo discussing financial information readily available through other sources. Instead, he focused on Getty Images' vision of its future.
Corbis has launched the beta version of SnapVillage, (www.snapvillage.com) its entry into the microstock arena. In the beta stage the site will only be available to U.S. customers and will only accept payments on Visa, Master Card and American Express. The site will remain separate from the main Corbis site in the same way that iStockphoto is marketed separately from Getty Images.
This edition has stories on: Industry Leaders Define Current Visual Trends; iStockphoto Among 100 Most-Visited U.S. Web Sites; and Bloggerazzi Image Infringement Saga Continues.
After publishing the story on Tom Grill earlier, I wanted to check out what, if anything, he was doing about video. His response raised the issue of whether Video is as lucurative as stills and this story deals with that issue.
This edition has stories on: Getty's $42 Million acqisition of Pump Audio and Corbis Getting Creative With Keywords
This edition has stories on: Magazines Afloat in Otherwise Dwindling Ad Spending; Dreamstime Partners With PicFindr.com; and Compassionate Eye Foundation, Getty Images to Raise Funds.
This edition includes stories on: ImageSpan and Visible World Offer Rights-Cleared Content Acquisition and Real-Time Customization Services; Getty Images Launches Photo Contest for British Teens; and New Royalty-Free Brand Seeks Distributors.
Expect the business of producing and distributing still stock images to go downhill in the rest of 2007 and 2008. Among the issues to watch are: Crowdsourcing, Micropayment, Cannibalization of RF, Oversupply, No Growth in Customers Paying Traditional Prices, and a Decline in Use of Print for Information or Marketing.
This edition has stories on: Freerange Stock To Share Ad Revenues With Photographers; PDN Releases Stock Guide 2007; and New Bill May Pose Problems for Stock Providers.
Getting model releases from subjects in the "Developing World" has always been difficult. There is the need to translate releases into many languages and even when that is done the subjects often have little understanding of how their picture might be used. ANP Photo in The Netherlands has developed a program to make it much easier to obtain released photos of such peoples.
Stories in this edition include: Getty Images Files 2006 10-K; WGPN to Acquire Several Image Banks; Fotolia Says No Price Hike and iStockphoto Expands Search, Formats and Languages.
This edition has stories on: IPTC Releases Photo Metadata White Paper; Corbis Doubles Media Management and Northfoto to Distribute Chinese News Images.
Andreas Trampe, head of the photo department at DER STERN, Germany's leading general interest magazine, gave the keynote address at the "International Photo Metadata Conference of the IPTC" and outlined the current challenges picture editors face in trying to find the right image, on deadline. This is the full text of his presentation.
This edition has stories on: Photo-Sharing Sites Enter Stock Market; Infoflows To Launch Video Tracking Service and Corbis Sponsors Cannes Lions Ad Festival.
Once again the CEPIC conference (that's Coordination of European Picture Agencies Press Stock Heritage In Congress) in Florence, Italy from June 6th through 10th was the place for people in the stock photo industry to be. This story details some of things I learned.
This edition has stories on: Photographer Sees Big Profits With Microstock; Jupitermedia Buys 2 Web Sites; Image Source Hires Creative Exec; Microstock Sites Go Mobile; and Pending Court Case May Set Image Licensing Precedent.
This edition has stories on: Alamy to Change Search Engine; U.S. Copyright Office Invites Beta Testers for Online System and Masterfile Wins 3 European Design Awards.
Red carpet and celebrity photography may be about to get much less lucurative. Shutterstock has announced a new program called Shutterstock on the Red Carpet that is designed to help their network of over 60,000 contributing photographers obtain coveted press passes, for film premieres, award shows, concerts, political rallies, etc.
In April Corbis announced that Gary Shenk, President of Corbis would become the new CEO effective July 1, 2007 (See Story 948) and that all Corbis officers would begin reporting to him as of the date of the April announcement. Read the questions and answers.
This edition has stories on: SAA Calculator Simplifies Rights-Managed Image Licensing; Corbis Expands Media Management to Audio, Video; Capture Updates Web Direct, Releases Keyworder; a21 Board Member Resigns; Microsoft's iView Launches Utility for Corbis Photographers; Fox Buys Photobucket and Flektor; and Google to Acquire Panoramio.
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