Can Getty Repair Its Relationships With Creators?

Posted on 10/4/2018 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (4)

Recently, in a discussion with a stock photo agent the subject came up as to what it would take for Getty Images to repair its relationships with the Creator Community. I raised the issue late last year in “Why Creators Are Dissatisfied With Getty.”

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  • HOSIHO Sami Sarkis Posted Oct 6, 2018
    I must admit that all those figures are more or less what I experience with my own stills and my aerial stock footage collection being part sold on Getty (see About 70/80% of the sales are PA ones and that's a shame. I have stopped cadding anything new to both stills and footage and I'm exploring new venues to sell and distribute those aerial images. If anyone has any interest to do so at normal prices, please contact me. Thanks.

  • Tibor Bognar Posted Oct 6, 2018
    I agree with most things said. I know many seasoned former Corbis photographers who found themselves at Getty and promptly stopped submitting new images - it's simply not worth it! The millions EyeEm images are of extremely low quality, but they seem to be happy to put more and more online. It's very difficult to understand what is their basic philosophy, where do they hope to get on the long term.

  • Richard Gardette Posted Oct 6, 2018
    The big drama for a #1 company in any business is when it starts to copy a terribly agressive #2, in a desperate attempt to survive.
    We have seen GI letting immense quantities of material coming from amateurs invade its collection with less and less editing,
    and more recently we have discovered « custom content »… all this just like SSTK did before.
    But added to this, in it’s last year algorithm update, the company has given immense favoritism to it’s wholly owned collections
    (in an obvious way with footage) and to productions companies with special agreements.
    Toward clients, we can’t know if these decisions have improved the business and the image of the company, but for sure it didn't encourage traditional contributors to carry on contributing !
    Nevertheless it seems that GI didn’t care so much.
    Let’s hope that the return of Mark Getty as a chief commander will allow a change of course and prevent a « Titanic destiny ».

  • Felix Hug Posted Oct 7, 2018
    There is nothing to repair. They have been consistently sreewed over contributors. I hope they finally sink. I hope everyone gets out of that stinky hole.

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