Good News, Bad News: For Corbis Photographers

Posted on 2/23/2016 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (3)

The Good News -- Getty has started offering some Corbis contributors who also have an existing contract with Getty the chance to have their Corbis images migrated to Getty.

The Bad News – One contributor was earning a 40% royalty on his Non-Exclusive RM contract with Corbis. Now Getty has offered him an agreement that gives him a 25% royalty. Any new content this photographer chooses to submit to Getty will have to be Exclusive.

The percentages Getty is offering to Corbis contributors who already have a contract with Getty as as follows:

    Non-Exclusive still images
    RM creative and editorial      25%
    RF creative and editorial        10%

    Co-Exclusive still Images

    RM Creative and editorial     30%
    RF Creative and Editorial       15%

    Non-Exclusive Video
    RR creative and editorial       20%

    RF Creative and editorial       15%

    Co-Exclusive Video
    RR – Creative and editorial    25%
    RF Creative and editorial       20%

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  • Stephen Bruce Frink Posted Feb 27, 2016
    What does "co-exclusive" mean exactly? It will be hard to establish provenance of images submitted non-exclusively to the rigors of Getty's standard for exclusive submissions and their diligence in prosecuting infringements.

  • Douglas Peebles Posted Feb 27, 2016
    Just say no

  • Jim Pickerell Posted Feb 27, 2016
    My understanding of "co-exclusive" is that Getty would have exclusive rights as an agency to license the image, but the photographer could also license it directly. The photographer could not put the same image with another agency.

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