Use-Based Pricing: Is Rights-Managed Licensing on Way Out?

Posted on 3/8/2010 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (2)

In response to "Use-Based Pricing: Corbis Moves in Right Direction," Jain Lemos said: "I am not convinced that the rights-managed model should disappear entirely, and promoting that idea too soon could have a negative impact that Corbis and others don't intend. Perhaps rights-managed and [traditional] royalty-free are going away on their own, but they have worked well for many years, and I'd hate to see the baby thrown out with the bath!"


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  • Danita Delimont Posted Mar 9, 2010
    Hi Jim,

    I think Jain has quite a valid discussion going on here. What I've found interesting about your articles is that they too often leave out the smaller agencies in their statistics. I doubt too that we are the only part of the 1 % out there... Just today I met with a client to discuss a rights managed license agreement that has the range of payment going from $4000-$8000 per image, based on how they are going to use the multiple images. This client has been licensing images for some time and personally told me they thought microstock was dangerous and would never touch it. Further, another client just told me how grateful they were to me for working out an agreement so they wouldn't have to go to "those damn microsites" again. The licensing models may be evolving, but there are still plenty of clients that license rights managed images for a particular use, often paying extra for an industry and time period. Cheers! Danita

  • Fred Voetsch Posted Mar 9, 2010
    I agree that RM licensing has a place in stock photography. Even if it is a fraction of 1% that fraction will still be a much larger percentage in terms of dollar volume. At Acclaim Images we have no plans of abandoning RM image licensing.

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