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Articles from September 1999

Tasini Decision Overturned

By Jim Pickerell | 595 Words | Posted 9/28/1999 | Comments
The U.S. Court of Appeals has overturned the Tasini decision of 1997 and ruled in favor of freelance writers and all copyright holders of creative works. Publisher must now pay for all uses and may not make secondary uses of photographs without clear contractual permission to do so.

Counting Visitors

By Jim Pickerell | 597 Words | Posted 9/28/1999 | Comments
When assessing the effectiveness of web sites be careful not to place too much emphasis on ''hit'' and ''visitor'' logs. Photo Stock Notes recently published an article entitled ''Who Are The Heavy Hiters?'' which may mislead photographers. See our analysis.

Alert: Unpaid Reuse

By Jim Pickerell | 233 Words | Posted 9/28/1999 | Comments
Photographers and stock agencies should check their records to determine if they had a usage in Glencoe/McGraw-Hill's 1995 edition of ''Biology: The Dynamics of Life''. There was a 1998 reuse for which no one was paid until recently.

The Small Claims Alternative

By Jim Pickerell | 1731 Words | Posted 9/28/1999 | Comments
For small infringements it may be more practical to seek redress in Small Claims Court rather than bringing a copyright infringement action in Federal Court. Davis Barber describes his successful approach.

Getty buys The Image Bank

By Jim Pickerell | 563 Words | Posted 9/21/1999 | Comments
Getty Images, Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire The Image Bank from Eastman Kodak Company for $183 million. The cash acquisition is expected to close in December 1999.

Is TIB in Getty's Future?

By Jim Pickerell | 1167 Words | Posted 9/14/1999 | Comments
Rumors abound on both sides of the Atlantic that Getty has completed a deal to purchase The Image Bank from Kodak. There has been no announcement on Getty's web site and no confirmation from any of the parties.

September 1999 Selling Stock

By Jim Pickerell | 7400 Words | Posted 9/10/1999 | Comments
The lead story is a long analysis of our ''Industry in Turmoil'' and the impact of various changes that are taking place. There are also stories on Understanding Similars, Getty Images, VCG and Corbis.

Industry in Turmoil

By Jim Pickerell | 7290 Words | Posted 9/9/1999 | Comments
The stock photo industry is in turmoil. Never has there been so much uncertainty among photographers about the future of the stock industry. This story takes a look at how industry issues -- royalty free, agency consolidation, over supply, pricing, marketing methods, potential for growth in sales to internet users and consumers, agencies wholly owning high demand subject matter and volume production -- impact on one another.

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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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