This story looks at all aspects of Creative Eye, the new version of the online site started by ASMP and known as MIRA. We are pessimistic about Creative Eye's long term chances to accomplish all their goals, and we believe they are engaged on too many fronts. But we recommend that stock photographers give it serious consideration as one of the marketing options for their work. It should NOT be the sole option.
Photographer Tom Grill who co-founded Comstock in 1976 and was their chief photographer and creative director for over two decades has left Comstock and created a new production company under the name TomGrill.com.
This includes short items on: Industry changes for editorial and travel photograhers, Good News on Ad Revenues, Final Getty Contract Deadline, $11,000 RF Sale, Changes at Index Stock, PhotoPlus Still On, Customers Want Smaller Print Catalogs According To Corbis and NY Times Blacklist.
This includes short items on: $135,000 Sale, Corbis Digital Stock Layoffs, $17,000 RF Sale, Getty Scanning Update, Getty's German Disaster, Buyers In The World, Online Usage In The U.S., New position for Stephen Mayes and statistics on use of Video Clips.
On August 31st, Seth Resnick, Michael Grecco, and Paula Lerner filed a Class Action Complaint in Federal Court against the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) for its action's, since its inception in 1978, of licensing photocopy rights to thousands of users without properly compensating the creators for these rights.
This issue includes stories on: alamy.com, Advertising Spending Down, Getty Sales Down, Getty Closes Scanning, Creatas Buys PictureQuest, Speedpix, Argus Portal, Pictor Bankruptcy Update, Reuters and Sipa, Zefa Sales Growth, Sensitive Issues, Corbis Sales, Editorial Photographers Recession and more.
alamy.com is beginning to look like the leading portal option for photographers. They plan to launch a major promotional campaign this fall to image buyers and have developed systems to include agencies and provide custom edits of their site.