At National Geographic there are several new developments relative to their CD-ROM production and payment for lost transparencies.
In a series of seminars they are giving around the country Index Stock Imagery is debunking some current ''myths'' about the electronic future. They provide detailed information about their agency's operation that will be useful to all stock sellers.
Corbis has acquired Outline Press which specializes in high quality studio portraits of celebrities. The Edge assignment division of Outline/Edge was not part of the acquisition and is still owned by Jim Roehrig.
Graphic Design:USA reports that 60% of creative professionals use ''royalty free'' images. Included with this story is a list of addresses and contact numbers for various ''royalty free'' producers
The Bridgeman Art Library of London has sued Corel over the unauthorized use of copyrighted photographs of fine art paintings. The case will determine whether the photographic renditions of historic paintings that are owned by major art galleries are protected by copyright as Bridgeman contends.
This issue contains stories on: Are Production Shoots In Your Future?, Sales From Direct Stock 6, Index Acquires Picture Cube and Stock Imagery, Digital Object Identifiers, PACA Adopts "Rights Protected" Term.
Boston photographer settles for 23 times the normal fee he would have charged for picture the Boston Herald grabbed from the Discovery Online web site. In another case in New York the judge made some ''fair use'' determinations that may be useful to photographers fighting ''fair use'' claims in the future.
The theme of a recent ASPP meeting in Chicago was ''Where Will Eductional Publishing Be In 2005?'' Encyclopedia, textbook and research professionals gave some interesting insights.
Live Pictures' FlashPix technology is being used on-line to allow buyers to zoom in on details within an image. Samples of how it works can be seen at www.SportSite.com.