Photographer Hits Getty With $1B Copyright Suit

By Jim Pickerell | 151 Words | Posted 7/27/2016 | Comments
Law360 reports that photographer Carol M. Highsmith has filed a copyright infringement suit in New York against Getty Images. Damages could be worth $1 billion.

What Does Shutterstock Need For Growth?

By Jim Pickerell | 1698 Words | Posted 7/25/2016 | Comments
Shutterstock investors often ask my opinion of stock photo industry’s future and the potential for Shutterstock’s growth.  I tell them growth will slow significantly. Demand from customers willing to pay for the images they use will decline. Shutterstock has grabbed about all the customers they can from Getty so there is not much potential for growth there. Adobe will take a much bigger share of the market. Recently an investor asked me, “What would you do if you were Shutterstock?” Here’s what I told him.

Stock Photography Timeline

By Jim Pickerell | 142 Words | Posted 7/21/2016 | Comments
Alamy has created a infographic timeline showing the History of Stock Photography. They are actively seeking feedback and interaction on the infographic so that we can gather as much information as possible.

Dreamstime Adds HTTPS Encryption To All Pages

By Jim Pickerell | 278 Words | Posted 7/21/2016 | Comments
Dreamstime, has implemented a significant improvement to its website security by switching all site pages to "HTTPS" including the dedicated mobile website and the Dreamstime applications for iOS and Android.

RF Limitations

By Jim Pickerell | 1466 Words | Posted 7/20/2016 | Comments (1)
Many RM photographers are opposed to Royalty Free because they believe that for a single low fee they would be giving away all future rights to use their images. That’s not quite true. Check out this story to see the real differences and understand how much you might really be giving away if you license your images as RF.

Africa Media Online Offers New Simplified RM Pricing

By Jim Pickerell | 466 Words | Posted 7/19/2016 | Comments
In response to changes in the industry and client requirements Africa Media Online has introduced a new simplified pricing model. The South Africa based picture library has moved away from the complexities of narrowly defined RM usages and is now offering clients a simple procedure for establishing what an image costs.

Shutterstock Keywords Suggestion Tool

By Jim Pickerell | 256 Words | Posted 7/19/2016 | Comments
Shutterstock has launched a new keyword suggestion tool for iPhone that leverages a combination of metadata (man) and pixel data (machine) to suggest more relevant and accurate keywords for images that are uploaded in the Shutterstock contributor app.

Is Simplified RM Really Needed?

By Jim Pickerell | 1490 Words | Posted 7/18/2016 | Comments
After reading last week’s article on “Rights Simplified Pricing” a reader asked if I could expand on why an alternative to Rights Managed pricing is needed. He said that seldom has he found that customers are unwilling to pay fotoQuote RM rates that are based on how images are used. The following is my response.

Small Claims Legislation For Creators Moves Ahead

By Jim Pickerell | 652 Words | Posted 7/15/2016 | Comments
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) have introduced a bipartisan small claims bill, H.R.5757, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2016. When Congress reconvenes after its upcoming six-week recess Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) plans to introduce a separate version of small claims legislation establishing a small claims tribunal in the Copyright Office.

Rights Simplified Pricing: Alternative To RM

By Jim Pickerell | 781 Words | Posted 7/14/2016 | Comments
To deal with increased customer demand for simpler, easier to understand pricing, and the general decline in the use of Rights Managed images industry wide, plainpicture in Germany has introduced a new pricing model they call (RS) plainpicture Rights Simplified.

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