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ASMP – Business as unUsual Webinars

By Jim Pickerell | 494 Words | Posted 4/2/2014 | Comments
ASMP has announced two webinars later this month that should be of value to stock photographers and stock photo agents. Both are free if you sign up and listen at the scheduled time. These webinars will also be recorded and made available within a week after the event through a web link. ASMP members will be able to listen to them for free. Non-members will be charged a fee of $4.99.

Will People Steal Anyway?

By Jim Pickerell | 1316 Words | Posted 4/1/2014 | Comments
Some say the whole idea of setting up image registries is a waste of time because everyone will continue to go to Google, Bing and Yahoo and grab anything they find believing it is their right.

Small Claims In The UK

By Jim Pickerell | 322 Words | Posted 3/31/2014 | Comments (1)
Late in 2013 the Patents County Court (PCC) that handles copyright claims in the UK was renamed the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) and a provision for submitting small claims was introduced. The small claims track is intended for claims with a value of up to £10,000 and where costs orders are tightly controlled.

Got To Keep Producing

By Jim Pickerell | 753 Words | Posted 3/28/2014 | Comments
Recently, on the “Stock Photography, buy and sell your images” group on LinkedIn photographer Pierre Charrlau complained that his Getty Images sales have “greatly diminished” and wanted to know if others were having the same experience.

Average RM and RF Prices At Getty

By Jim Pickerell | 588 Words | Posted 3/27/2014 | Comments
On its web site for Flickr contributors Getty asks, “What are the average prices for RM and RF?” and then gives the following answer. “The average licensing fee for royalty free ranges from $175 to $225. And for rights managed licensing, keeping in mind that uses and fees vary widely; the average is around $550-$650.”

Fotolia's Dollar Photo Club

By Jim Pickerell | 436 Words | Posted 3/25/2014 | Comments (1)
Fotolia has decided that in order to attract more customers to their microstock offering they need to lower prices for professional users. They have created a members-only Dollar Photo Club and are promoting it to readers of Graphic Design USA (GDUSA).

Brianna Wettlaufer Named CEO Of Stocksy

By Jim Pickerell | 231 Words | Posted 3/25/2014 | Comments
In celebration of the one-year anniversary of Stocky United, Brianna Wettlaufer has been appointed CEO of the company. Wettlaufer, who was co-founder and former VP at iStockphoto, (which was acquired by Getty images for $50 million in 2006) brings over 10 years of leadership and innovation to her role.

Copyright Registration Fees Go Up

By Jim Pickerell | 272 Words | Posted 3/25/2014 | Comments
The United States Copyright Office of the Library of Congress has published a final rule establishing adjusted fees for copyright registration. The new fee structure will go into effect on May 1, 2014. The fee for an application filed online will increase from $35 to $55. The fee for an application filed on paper will increase from $65 to $85.

Safe Blogging

By Jim Pickerell | 495 Words | Posted 3/24/2014 | Comments
Be careful what you write in your blog. It’s not private. Over the weekend I received a request from a former mid-level employee of a stock agency who wanted me to delete from our Selling Stock archive a story that was published in 2009.

PACA On Image Embedding

By Jim Pickerell | 343 Words | Posted 3/24/2014 | Comments
PACA’s mission has always been to support a healthy and sustainable market for licensing the use of photographic images, as well as to encourage and support innovative ways for photography to be legally used in the rapidly changing marketplace.  Clearly, models for licensing of photography have had a difficult time keeping pace with changes brought on by the Internet, social media, and the blogosphere.

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This stock photography news site focuses on the business side of photography with a special emphasis on stock photography. Our goal is to help photographers maximize their earnings based on the quality of their work and the commitment they are prepared to make to the trade. The information provided will be applicable to part-timers as well as full time professional photographers. We’ll leave it to others to teach photographers how to take better pictures.

Jim Pickerell launched his career as a photographer in 1963. In 1990 he began publishing a regular newsletter on stock photography. In 1995 the information was made available online as well as in print and was gradually expanded to a daily service. Click here for Pickerell's full biography.