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Articles from June 2010

PACA Files Amicus Brief in Muench v HMH, R.R. Donnelley

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 236 Words | Posted 6/30/2010 | Comments
The Picture Archive Council of America has filed an amicus—“friend of the court”—brief in Muench Photography, Inc. v. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company and R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. PACA is urging the court to reconsider a recent summary judgment that deemed Corbis’ copyright registration processes to be invalid.

Subscriptions: Not All Equal

By Jim Pickerell | 1189 Words | Posted 6/30/2010 | Comments
Stock image producers often have two misconceptions about subscription licensing services: They believe subscription licensing is simple and that for a very low monthly fee customers are allowed to use any image for any purpose. Neither is true.

123RF Launches Editorial Offering

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 79 Words | Posted 6/29/2010 | Comments

iPhone Not a Threat to Traditional Photography

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 100 Words | Posted 6/29/2010 | Comments
So says Polylooks, the microstock owned by T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telecom, which just surveyed 2,200 Brits and says the results make for interesting reading.

UIG Wins Britannica Subscription Service Contract

By Jim Pickerell | 785 Words | Posted 6/29/2010 | Comments (3)
Universal Images Group, the distribution business unit of the Virtual Picture Desk, has been awarded a contract by the Encyclopaedia Britannica to provide an extensive online library of low-resolution (150 dpi) images suitable for educational use. The images will be supplied by numerous producers around the world and, together with Britannica's wholly owned content, will become part of a new subscription service, Britannica Image Explorer.

Getty Images Provides Coverage for Sony During 2010 FIFA World Cup

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 109 Words | Posted 6/28/2010 | Comments

PicScout: Free Image Crediting Explained

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 270 Words | Posted 6/28/2010 | Comments
After PicScout announced that it now offers image crediting free of charge, some questioned the terms of use on the PicScout signup page, which describe having to pay fees. PicScout has clarified the details of the free and pay-for portions of its ImageIRC service.

Licensing Rights To Film Images

By Jim Pickerell | 735 Words | Posted 6/25/2010 | Comments
I receive regular requests from photographers who want to know how they can license rights to the images they have created over the years on film. Here’s what I tell them. Licensing rights to images is very difficult in today’s market because there is such an oversupply available compared to the demand.

Getty Images Announces 2010 ‘Grants for Good’

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 116 Words | Posted 6/24/2010 | Comments
Sam Faulkner and Annie Marie Musselman, and respective agencies Mon Frere and 619 Graphic Design, are the recipients of the 2010 Getty Images’ Grants for Good program.

iStockphoto Launches Contributor-Friendly iPhone App

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 82 Words | Posted 6/24/2010 | Comments
Getty Images-owned iStockphoto has announced an iPhone app that offers features for both image buyers and contributors.

PACA Opens 2010 Conference Registration

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 76 Words | Posted 6/24/2010 | Comments
The 15th annual gathering of the Picture Archive Council of America is returning to New York this Octobe.

Fotolia Launches Desktop App

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 185 Words | Posted 6/23/2010 | Comments
Fotolia has announced the launch of an Adobe AIR application that offers desktop access to the company’s collection.

Miles Gerstein on the Future

By Jerry Kennelly | 631 Words | Posted 6/23/2010 | Comments (1)
At the recent CEPIC Congress in Dublin, Ireland, CEO of UpperCut Images Miles Gerstein offered CEPIC Daily his assessment of the future of the stock photo industry. Gerstein previously owned PunchStock, which he sold to Getty Images in 2006, and Artville, which he sold to The Image Bank in the late 1990s. His years of experience in the industry provide him with an important perspective on where the industry is likely headed.

Yeulet: From BananaStock to Monkey Business Images

By Jim Pickerell | 1117 Words | Posted 6/22/2010 | Comments (1)
Don’t tell Cathy Yeulet that you can’t make money in microstock. She operates Monkey Business Images, one of the most successful microstock production companies. However, unlike many microstockers, she is not new to stock photography. For many years, Yeulet operated a successful rights-managed business in Oxfordshire, U.K. When traditional royalty-free first began to take off, she created the BananaStock brand, which she sold to Jupiterimages in 2005 for approximately $19 million in cash. She started uploading images to iStockphoto in March of 2008.

Getty Images: 90+ Awards in 2010

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 252 Words | Posted 6/21/2010 | Comments
Photographers and editors of Getty Images have earned more than 90 industry awards in this year’s ceremonies that covered images and multimedia productions. The honors include top-level placement at competitions by the National Press Photographers Association, the Overseas Press Club of America and World Press Photo.

Glasshouse Revamps Web Site

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 34 Words | Posted 6/21/2010 | Comments

Plainpicture Hires in London, Hamburg

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 41 Words | Posted 6/21/2010 | Comments

PixTrakk Claims Success

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 103 Words | Posted 6/18/2010 | Comments
Photo tracking solution PixTrakk—launched a year ago by LTU Technologies, PixWays and TNS Media Intelligence (now Kantar Media)—says it has a firm foothold in the French photo-agency market.

Getty Images Launches Flickr Request to License

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 250 Words | Posted 6/18/2010 | Comments (1)
Getty Images is offering buyers who frequent Flickr as a source of images an opportunity to license any image they see—even the images that have not made it into the Flickr Collection on gettyimages.com.

Win 100 Euros and More

By Jim Pickerell | 282 Words | Posted 6/18/2010 | Comments
Here’s the best chance you’ll ever have to win 100 Euros (or the equivalent in dollars). You can also respond to a photographer survey or have fun testing your knowledge of photography business trends. Check it out. It will only take a couple minutes.

PicScout Releases ImageExchange Video

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 29 Words | Posted 6/17/2010 | Comments
A new 70-second video discusses image infringement, rights and protection.

Science Photo Library Releases Rap Vid

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 73 Words | Posted 6/17/2010 | Comments
Always on the lookout for new ways to popularize science content and show off its footage, the Science Photo Library has released a rap video.

Getty Images Launches iPad App

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 205 Words | Posted 6/17/2010 | Comments
A recent survey revealed that more than half of Getty Images’ customers use their mobile device to look at stock media Web sites. In response, the Seattle company has developed a free iPad app to present its imagery to buyers on the go.

Merger: Elevation Photos and PictureGroup

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 165 Words | Posted 6/16/2010 | Comments
PictureGroup, a music and entertainment media production company launched by photographer Frnk Micelotta last fall, has announced a merger with Elevation Photos.

Unauthorized Use Settlements Grow

By Jim Pickerell | 709 Words | Posted 6/16/2010 | Comments
U.S. educational publishers are admitting to more and more unauthorized uses during the past decade and quietly entering into out-of-court settlements with an increasing number of image suppliers for large numbers of uses. In cases where the original license fee was well under $1,000, publishers are now paying multiple thousands of dollars to settle claims.

Klein Optimistic on Getty Growth

By Jerry Kennelly | 2285 Words | Posted 6/15/2010 | Comments
Jonathan Klein is CEO and co-founder, with Mark Getty, of Getty Images and the most influential person in the global stock photo industry. For fifteen years he led an aggressive acquisition campaign which positions Getty as the leading source of still and moving imagery as well as footage and music. He is a passionate believer in the power of the image to create change in editorial as well as creative photography. In this exclusive CEPIC DAILY interview, he gives frank answers to some tough questions posed by Tweak founder Jerry Kennelly. It gives an intriguing insight into Getty as a privately held company and their vision for the future of the industry.

Quiz: 20 Questions

By Jim Pickerell | 758 Words | Posted 6/15/2010 | Comments
What do you know about the stock photo industry and its future potential? Here are 20 questions to test your knowledge of facts related to photo licensing. The answers are at the bottom of the story.

Market Information Every Stock Photographer Needs To Know

By Jim Pickerell | 1744 Words | Posted 6/15/2010 | Comments
This story provides a list of useful articles that will provide the reader with a good background on the current state of the stock photography business and where it is headed.

CEPIC 2010: State of the Industry

By Jim Pickerell | 1512 Words | Posted 6/14/2010 | Comments
If you are in the stock imagery business and want to stay current with worldwide industry trends, the annual CEPIC congress is a must-attend event. Held every year in early June—this year in Dublin, Ireland, at the brand new Aviva Stadium—the congress provides an opportunity to meet industry leaders and exchange ideas.

PicScout Delivers on Image Crediting Promise

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 78 Words | Posted 6/11/2010 | Comments (1)
PicScout has made digital image-crediting services available to all for free.

Kennelly Announces Tweak at CEPIC Dublin

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 289 Words | Posted 6/11/2010 | Comments
During his keynote speech at the Dublin gathering of CEPIC, Stockbyte founder Jerry Kennelly announced the upcoming launch of his new business Tweak. Operating on a content-as-a-service model, Tweak aims to become a major global self-service design library and change the way customers access creative content.

PhotoShelter Announces Enhancements

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 260 Words | Posted 6/10/2010 | Comments
PhotoShelter has introduced a single configurable Web site theme for its free and basic accounts, which cost under $10 per month. This means that users are no longer restricted to PhotoShelter-branded image galleries. The New York-based company has also added features to support search-engine optimization.

Thinkstock Launches Social Media-Based Buying Service

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 74 Words | Posted 6/10/2010 | Comments
Getty Images’ Thinkstock has announced it is leveraging social media to provide close to real-time support to art buyers.

Science Faction Relaunches with Capture CMS

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 48 Words | Posted 6/10/2010 | Comments
Science Faction Images has integrated the Capture content management solution into its Web site.

Superstock, Veer, Vivozoom Join PicScout’s ImageIRC

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 270 Words | Posted 6/9/2010 | Comments
PicScout has announced that Superstock, Corbis-owned Veer and newer microstock Vivozoom have joined the agencies indexed via ImageIRC.

From Single Illustrations to Picture Stories

By Jim Pickerell | 836 Words | Posted 6/9/2010 | Comments
The traditional market for single images is under intense pressure. However, the demand for imagery that hangs together as a story is increasing in both editorial and commercial arenas.

Panthermedia Offers Pixamba Buyer Software

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 60 Words | Posted 6/8/2010 | Comments
German microstock Panthermedia is offering Pixamba’s media management software to its photo-buyer base. The two partner companies will be on hand at CEPIC's Dublin event this week to demo the product.

ITN Source Adds Content to Education Clip Library

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 66 Words | Posted 6/8/2010 | Comments
U.K. motion stock offering expands to include English Language Learning content.

Creating Photos for Social Networks

By Jim Pickerell | 754 Words | Posted 6/8/2010 | Comments
James Cavanaugh recently posed this question to members of Linkedin’s ASMP group: “A client wants you to create photographs that they can use on social sites so they can ‘go viral’ to promote their company. It means potentially countless people may use your copyrighted work. How would you approach such a request?” I suggest handling the job as an all-rights assignment.

Reflex Stock Expands to Brazil

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 88 Words | Posted 6/7/2010 | Comments
U.K.-based Reflex Stock has set up a franchise in São Paulo and is seeking additional partners in all regions of the world.

Shutterstock Introduces Real-Time Search, Other Upgrades

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 74 Words | Posted 6/7/2010 | Comments
New York-based subscription micro Shutterstock has announced several search upgrades, including what it calls a real-time search engine that indexes new images within seconds.

Blend to Launch Motion

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 46 Words | Posted 6/7/2010 | Comments
Multicultural specialist will introduce  motion product at this week's CEPIC Congress in Dublin.

Stock Agency Revenue Survey

By Jim Pickerell | 404 Words | Posted 6/7/2010 | Comments
In an effort to obtain updated information on revenue trends in the stock photo industry, we will be conducting a revenue survey at the 2010 CEPIC International Congress and New Media Conference, which that takes place in Dublin on June 9–13. In a blind survey, we will be asking representatives of every stock agency and stock image distributor to answer five brief questions on behalf of their company.

Creating Photos For Social Networks

By Jim Pickerell | 792 Words | Posted 6/7/2010 | Comments
On LinkedIn’s ASMP group James Cavanaugh outlined the following client request, “A client wants you to create photographs that they can use on social network sites so they can "go viral" to promote their company. It means potentially countless people may use your copyrighted work,” and he asked “How would you approach such a request?”
This story provides my answer.

IPTC to Make Two Announcements at Dublin Photo Metadata Conference

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 280 Words | Posted 6/4/2010 | Comments
The International Press Telecommunications Council is holding its fourth international Photo Metadata Conference on June 9 in Dublin, in conjunction with the CEPIC Congress 2010. IPTC plans to announce two upcoming metadata product releases at the event: new tools that integrate IPTC and PLUS metadata into CS3 and CS4, as well as a proposal for a controlled vocabulary system.

Image Demand – Images Licensed Annually

By Jim Pickerell | 1016 Words | Posted 6/4/2010 | Comments
How does demand for images compare to what many agree is an oversupply?

Alamy Integrates Cut-Outs

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 68 Words | Posted 6/3/2010 | Comments
Alamy has introduced an image search filter that delivers images on white backgrounds

Veer Launches Office Plugin

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 205 Words | Posted 6/3/2010 | Comments
In line with the recent trend among large microstocks, Veer has announced a freely available plugin that enables users of Microsoft products to search for and buy Veer images from within Word and PowerPoint documents.

Age Fotostock Distributes Video Via THP

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 167 Words | Posted 6/3/2010 | Comments
Barcelona-based Age Fotostock has announced the addition of video to its offerings, using its own Technological Hosting Platform’s software and hardware to distribute footage as it has been distributing still images.

Image Oversupply: The Real Number

By Jim Pickerell | 593 Words | Posted 6/2/2010 | Comments (1)
What does the competition look like in terms of the number of images available online? Everyone knows there are billions of amateur images floating around the Internet, but what is the quantity of unique images currently available in professional collections?

ASMP Urges Photogs to Attend June 3 NYC Permit Hearing

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 204 Words | Posted 6/2/2010 | Comments
Tomorrow's 2PM hearing could institute a $300 permit to shoot in New York—without distinguishing between extravagant film and televisions productions and small still shoots.

Microstock Pricing Comparison Table

By Tyler Olson | 615 Words | Posted 6/2/2010 | Comments
A comprehensive comparison of the various sizing and pricing strategies between the top 6 microstock photography sites.

Hungarian Duo Launches New Micro: Stockfresh

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 352 Words | Posted 6/1/2010 | Comments
Though many think the microstock niche is already overpopulated, the recent launch of Stockfresh is notable given its provenance. The new micro business was founded by Peter Hamza and Andras Pfaff of Stock.xchng and StockXpert fame.

Judge Suggests AP, Fairey Settle Obama Poster Suit

By Julia Dudnik Stern | 233 Words | Posted 6/1/2010 | Comments
During last Friday’s hearing in the copyright dispute between artist Shepard Fairey and The Associated Press, U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein said he thought that sooner or later, the AP would win. Hellerstein urged the parties to settle.

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