Getty Images Pulls out of Alamy

Posted on 8/6/2009 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (3)

Getty Images' royalty-free brands, including Digital Vision, Photodisc, Stockbyte and Jupiterimages, are being removed from Alamy after the two companies were unable to agree on renewal terms of their distribution contract.


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  • Gerard Fritz Posted Aug 6, 2009
    In the war to be the site with the broadest search base, Alamy has at least won this battle. Alamy suppliers have been reduced by one, while Getty gets no advantage from leaving Alamy.

    Many will turn to Alamy because they can do a search on "all" the sources.

  • Bill Bachmann Posted Aug 6, 2009
    Bravo alamy!!! Wish more people would stand up to Getty wanting everything THEIR way! I commend James West...

    Bill Bachmann
    Orlando, FL

  • Don Farrall Posted Aug 7, 2009
    As a Getty contributor, I see this in a different light. When my Getty images are sold through Alamy they become a "sub agent" sale, and I receive a considerably smaller royalty, from Getty. I would prefer the sale be originated through Getty directly. I was not particularly pleased when my images first appeared on Alamy, for this reason. I would agree that Alamy customers know about Getty, and yes I suppose some don't like to shop there. Still, as a contributor, I don't see an overall down side to this, as has been suggested. As for the statement "Getty wanting everything THEIR way!” I have to ask, "and what business doesn't", and "why shouldn't they". I am a fan of Alamy, and have a collection of images there as well. Getty sells a certain kind of image very well for me to a certain kind of audience, and Alamy, while not as profitable for me on an image-by-image basis, sells a certain kind of image to a certain audience that differs from Getty's performance.

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