Random Thoughts 10

Posted on 7/7/1999 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)



July 7, 1999

TSI Production Shoots

TSI is now asking some of their photographers to do production shoots where the company pays a day

rate and all expenses. In addition to the day rate the photographer will also receive a 10% royalty

from sales for ten years. After the ten years the photographer the copyright would revert to the

photographer. If TSI continues to sell the image in would be on the 10% royalty basis. One

photographer was told that the day rate other photographers were willing to accept

was $800.

By way of comparison, Mark Austin of Digital Vision insists that in London he can

get all the photographers he wants to do "buyout" shoots for him for $1,000 a day.

Video Pirates

The Motion Picture Association of American (MPAA) says filmmakers lose $250 million

a year to video pirates in the U.S. and the worldwide losses exceed $2 billion.

According to Chris Hansen on NBC's Dateline, last year MPAA helped police seize more

than half a million bootlegged videos and thousands of cassette recorders.

Jack Valenti, president of MPAA says of video pirating, "It's like the head of

Medusa. You cut off one snake, and two grow in its place. It's a never-ending


Hansen said, "While federal copyright statutes make it a felony to produce and

distribute pirated videos, few convicted pirates are severely punished." It is

not a crime to buy pirated videos so the consumer is doing nothing illegal, only

the seller.

Web Advertising

If you had any doubt about whether web sites are revenue generators for the major

publishers consider the following:

  • Time-Warner's web sites bring in more than $100 million in ad revenue per


  • The Washington Post reports that the projected 1999 revenue from their web

    site is more than $273 million.

Electronic Business Magazine

If you have provided images to Electronic Business in the past couple of years there

is a good chance your photos are on the web site. Check it out at:

www.ebtmag.com/registrd/issue.htm#1 .

Many photographers are getting additional compensation for web use.

Lifting Images Off The Net

A meeting planner for Bell South got a rude awakening when he arrived in Honolulu to

set up ten 6'x6' murals to decorate the site. To produce the murals he had searched

the web, found some pictures, right clicked on the images and saved the files to

disc. He then took these files and digitally output them to 6'x6' murals.

It appears he thought, "They are only going to be up for three or four hours, the

only people who will see them are the people at the hotel. The photographer will

never know."

As it turns out, the photographer makes his living selling fine art photos of Hawaii

-- and his gallary is in the hotel where Bell South was holding its meetings.

When he got to the hotel and realized that there was a great likelihood that the

photographer would see the image, he contacted the photographer and tried to obtain

permission to use the pictures. He claimed that anything that you can "right click"

on and save from the web is a public domain picture.

The photographer presented the planner with a bill the planner found unacceptable.

Then the planner tried to get the hotel to apply pressure on the photographer in an

attempt to get permission to use the images for an unacceptably low price.

In the end the pictures were never shown at the meeting. No one knows whether the

meeting planner will be working for Bell South next year.

New RF Site

Another new Royalty Free site has appeared online and you can review it at

www.royaltyfreeonline.com. It has images from RubberBall Productions, Classic PIO

Partners, Hollingsworth Studios, Image Farm, Transmission Digital Publishers and

Visual Language.

Is It Time For A Union?

If your doctor has to join a union in order to protect himself from the managed care

operators, maybe it is time for photographers to begin thinking about unionization.

Rate Increases

One way to look at proposed rate increases is that editorial photographers are not

raising rates. Rather, they are simply asking magazines to pay for all the rights

they have been freely appropriating. For years magazines have been grabbing extra rights

that were never expected to be included under the definition of "one-time use."

Copyright © 1999 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-251-0720, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of www.selling-stock.com, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to: http://www.jimpickerell.com/Curriculum-Vitae.aspx.  


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