Everett Collection Represents Photo Link Collection

By Jim Pickerell | 199 Words | Posted 11/15/2019 | Comments
The Everett Collection now represents the Photo Link Collection! A finely edited portfolio focusing on New York City celebrities during the 1970’s to 2000’s. Highlights include behind the scenes shots and life behind the velvet ropes inside Studio 54.

Growing Revenue At Shutterstock?

By Jim Pickerell | 1184 Words | Posted 11/15/2019 | Comments
I was asked recently what I thought Shutterstock could do to grow revenue. My answer was not much. I don’t think it will be possible to grow the downloads very much. Shutterstock has focused for several years on growing the number of Enterprise customers. But, I don't think that is likely to work either. The one thing they could do is raise prices on at least some of the images they license. See my thoughts on why this is a good idea that they are not likely to adopt.

Saving RM and Copyright

By Jim Pickerell | 1755 Words | Posted 11/13/2019 | Comments (1)
Getty’s decision to kill RM may be an opportunity for all those agencies and individuals who want to: (1) continue to license images for higher prices based on usage and (2) enforce their claims of copyright ownership. The key will be in providing a service that will help users, not just benefit image creators.

Value Of Copyright Ownership

By Jim Pickerell | 1098 Words | Posted 11/13/2019 | Comments
With the death of RM licensing on the horizon, photographers need to consider whether there is much, if any, value in owning a copyright. Photography has become a commodity like corn or soybeans. Read this story for what the industry can maintain a value for at least some of the professional images being produced.

Things You Missed At Adobe MAX

By Jim Pickerell | 561 Words | Posted 11/8/2019 | Comments
If you weren’t at the Adobe MAX 2019 conference in Los Angeles you might want to check out some of the videos of conference presentations. Some of the most exciting events were the 11 Sneaks –demos that showcased early-stage, cutting-edge R&D technology being developed in-house by Adobe employees. Adobe Max Sneaks feature AI photography, animation, and audio tools. These new product features may or may not make their way into the product roadmap, but underscore the innovation and creativity happening daily within Adobe’s four walls.

Death Of Rights Managed Licensing

By Jim Pickerell | 1700 Words | Posted 11/6/2019 | Comments (2)
Getty is shutting down all Rights Managed licensing on www.gettyimages.com. This may effectively be an end to the entire marketing strategy of pricing stock images based on how they are used. While there are still a number of small and mid-sized agencies that continue to price images based on usage, it seems highly unlikely that they will be able to continue to build their image collections or attract many customers in the future. Every stock photographer and stock agent should read this explanation of Getty’s plans for “phased retirement of rights-managed creative images.”

Shutterstock Q3 2019 Financial Results

By Jim Pickerell | 1921 Words | Posted 11/5/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock has reported Q3 2019 revenue of $159.1 million up 5% compared to Q3 2018 and down slightly from $161.7 million the previous quarter. Revenue per download averaged $3.40 per image, which was the same in Q3 2018. Total image and video downloads for Q3 were 46.3 million, up from 43.9 million a year earlier, and down from 46.6 million in Q2 2019. At the end of the quarter Shutterstock had over 297 million images and 16 million video clips, or 313 million pieces of content in its collection.

Not Your Typical Stock From Depositphotos

By Jim Pickerell | 312 Words | Posted 11/1/2019 | Comments
Depositphotos has launched a new series of photo collections to battle stock photo cliches. The company’s content curators repurpose stock photos and compile collections on a weekly basis to highlight photos that are not typical stock photography.

CEPIC 2020 Congress Announced

By Jim Pickerell | 94 Words | Posted 11/1/2019 | Comments
It has been announced that the 2020 CEPIC Congress will be held on the Spanish island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean sea on May 27 through 29, 2020.

Future For RM Photographers

By Jim Pickerell | 729 Words | Posted 10/25/2019 | Comments
A 65-year-old photographer who has been selling his work as stock for many years and licensing his images as RM wrote recently asking my advice. He has a large collection of images and licenses a lot directly to clients, but over the years he has also made a small percentage of sales through stock agencies. See my advice.

DMLA Publishes Google Images Survey Results

By Jim Pickerell | 409 Words | Posted 10/25/2019 | Comments
The DMLA is publishing the initial results of our first Google Images Survey in anticipation of our 24th Annual DMLA Conference in LA. With our members representing over 80% of North American image and video licensing, and more than a third of our respondents C-level executives, the survey will provide the DMLA with data and member consensus to guide future engagement, advocacy and educational efforts.

PicRights Expands Copyright Enforcement Network

By Jim Pickerell | 175 Words | Posted 10/25/2019 | Comments
PicRights Europe GmbH has expanded its enforcement network. To bolster their growing enforcement activities in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, PicRights has added an experienced team in Vienna, Austria. As the newest enforcement partner, PicRights Austria will augment the long-established network in major markets in Europe, North America, India, Africa, South America and the Middle East, further cementing PicRights’ dedication to wide-ranging geographical coverage of key markets around the world for its clients.

CASE Act Passes U.S. House of Representatives

By Jim Pickerell | 99 Words | Posted 10/25/2019 | Comments
The CASE Act, H.R. 2426, passed in the House of Representatives this week by an
overwhelmingly by a vote of 410-6. The bill still needs to pass through the Senate (and then be signed by the President) before it can be enacted into law.

Creating Model Releases With AI

By Jim Pickerell | 662 Words | Posted 10/10/2019 | Comments
Visual AI can do some incredible things. In 2019, using off-the-shelf AI and Machine Learning solutions from multiple vendors, media licensors can automatically tag massive image libraries, find landmarks or logos in images, and even get full-text captions that read like they were written by a person.  Optical Character Recognition (OCR) can pull text out of an image--even if it’s handwritten, or on some tiny visual element, like a road sign - and automatically translate it into 100+ languages.

DMLA Google Images Member Survey

By Jim Pickerell | 465 Words | Posted 10/9/2019 | Comments
At CEPIC’s annual conference in Paris this June, Google Images’ Product Lead, Francois Spies, presented new functionality in development and expressed Google’s desire to work more closely with organizations like CEPIC and DMLA. These were encouraging words, on the heels of last years’ announcement at the DMLA’s 23rd Annual Conference of Google’s adoption of long-fought-for IPTC metadata fields.

Shutterstock Releases Background Removal Tool

By Jim Pickerell | 232 Words | Posted 10/9/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock has released a background removal tool as part Shutterstock Editor users can now easily remove the background from any image in the Shutterstock collection or their own images. (Shutterstock images must be purchased before they can be modified.)

Shutterstock Launches Reverse Image Search For Video

By Jim Pickerell | 361 Words | Posted 10/3/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock’s ongoing efforts to make the creative life of its customers easier continues with the launch of reverse image search for video. This new feature makes it faster than ever to find exactly the right video clip in Shutterstock’s footage library.

Shutterstock Custom Launches Smart Brief

By Jim Pickerell | 442 Words | Posted 10/2/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock, Inc. has launched Smart Brief, a new streamlined and guided experience to make it easier for photo users to quickly and efficiently improve the quality of the brief for a photo shoot. With this update, clients spend less time inputting briefs and more time leveraging collaboration tools to quickly obtain high-quality branded content and reduce the approval process time.

Global List Of Newspapers

By Jim Pickerell | 132 Words | Posted 9/26/2019 | Comments
A reader recently pointed me to a comprehensive index of global newspapers that may be of some use to readers. Links are provided to each publication. This index seems to be very thorough in its listing of publications in smaller countries, but when it comes to major market it seems to only list major national publication and few, if any, of the smaller local and regional publications.

DMLA 24th Annual Conference

By Jim Pickerell | 492 Words | Posted 9/26/2019 | Comments
The 24th Annual DMLA Conference will focus on “seizing the opportunity” as the content-streaming arms race generates more visual media production and visual content licensing - than ever imagined. The program will include 2 Keynotes, 6 full sessions and 15 roundtables delving into new technologies, sales and marketing strategies, hot legal topics, deep-dive educational opportunities and successful new business models with all-day networking and evening events sponsored by Google and PicRights.

House of Pictures Joins Image Professionals

By Jim Pickerell | 354 Words | Posted 9/24/2019 | Comments
House of Pictures, the Copenhagen based interior and lifestyle feature agency, will become a brand of Image Professionals GmbH on October 1st, 2019. Pernille Schlosser, the founder and Managing Director will remain on board and in charge of the widely recognized boutique agency. House of Pictures, founded by Pernille Schlosser in 2000, is matching feature stories with high-end lifestyle publications around the world.

The Image Works Closing Soon

By Jim Pickerell | 196 Words | Posted 9/24/2019 | Comments
The Image Works CEO Mark Antman has announced that after thirty-six years of operation The Image Works will be closing in the near future. He added, "We have had a fantastic run, but it is time for me to close the business, retire and move on."

Releases At Alamy

By Jim Pickerell | 167 Words | Posted 9/24/2019 | Comments
Alamy has told contributors that they no longer need them to supply copies of releases when the images are submitted. However, they advise that it is best if the contributor would indicate in the Alamy Image Manager under the optional information tab that a release is accessible. Then the customer can request to see the release if it is needed.

Ad Downturn

By Jim Pickerell | 54 Words | Posted 9/24/2019 | Comments
According to AdAge Brian Wieser, global president of business intelligence at WPP’s Groupm, weighed in with a blog post last week, saying “advertising growth is looking neutral to negative versus last year, with recent trends likely to continue.” Marketers, he stated, “need to be prepared for a downturn.” For more information see the full story.

DMLA Annual Conference October 27-29

By Jim Pickerell | 607 Words | Posted 9/20/2019 | Comments
The 24th Annual Digital Media Licensing Association Conference will convene at the Marriott Marina del Rey in Los Angeles on October 27 - 29. This is a must attend event for senior officials from organizations in the business of licensing rights to stock images. For the entire program schedule check out this link.