Getty Launches Thinkstock Subscription Product

Posted on 2/1/2010 by Julia Dudnik Stern | Printable Version | Comments (1)

Getty Images has launched Thinkstock as a royalty-free subscription product that represents content from the Getty, iStockphoto and Jupiterimages brands. In addition to monthly and annual subscriptions, the site will offer image packs based on total downloads.

Getty chief executive officer Jonathan Klein describes Thinkstock as the new industry standard for subscriptions. “Thinkstock provides one of the most complete subscriptions available anywhere, with premium, professional and user-generated imagery all in one place,” he said in a statement.

The company also stresses “world-class legal protection,” which has been a popular theme in the industry in recent months—particularly on the budget end of the business. After newer companies like Vivozoom endeavored to distinguish themselves by offering legal image protection, most established microstocks followed suit, and so is Thinkstock: for images used in compliance with the licensing terms, Thinkstock will protect customers against copyright claims and will defend and be responsible for damages and expenses up to $10,000 per image.

Thinkstock offers monthly and annual subscriptions priced at $249 and $2,499, respectively. Downloads are limited to 25 images per day and 750 per month. Forthcoming image packs will range from $59 to $999, depending on the number of images.

The Thinkstock site is built using Getty technology, such as the company’s proprietary keyword algorithms and a controlled vocabulary of 140,000 terms. The image collection will be updated weekly with new images numbering in thousands.

Copyright © 2010 Julia Dudnik Stern. 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 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz


  • Tim Mcguire Posted Feb 2, 2010
    Why any professional gives Getty their images is beyond me. There will be better ways than Getty if we build them. It may not happen tomorrow but in my opinion the big agency system is a dead end for professional stock artists.

    Tim McGuire

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