Articles by Paul Melcher

“First Sale” Copyright Doctrine: Potential Threat To Image Licensing

By Paul Melcher | 487 Words | Posted 4/5/2013 | Comments (3)
There is a battle brewing in courts that everyone in the photo industry should pay very close attention to. A company called ReDigi ( is in the business of allowing anyone to resell “used” digital files. In other words, allowing anyone to sell, for example, an MP3 file they legally purchased. They claim rightful business practice under the first sale doctrine, the same rule that allows you to resell your used books.

Broken Promises and Stock Photography

By Paul Melcher | 749 Words | Posted 5/10/2012 | Comments (1)
The stock photography industry has to face the challenge of becoming relevant in an economy that has no patience for inadequate business models. Today the vast majority of photographs are used without any contact with the traditional photo industry, which has completely lost control of production and distribution. But the industry continues stubbornly to apply old rules to this new landscape. It does not see, or purposely wants to ignore, that their model does not fit current needs and thus is chasing customers away.

Volume Based Photojournalism

By Paul Melcher | 665 Words | Posted 9/14/2011 | Comments (4)
Paul Melcher takes a look at where photojournalism is headed and outlines four key changes that will dramatically alter the future of photojournalism. He also acknowledges, though not with any sense of satisfaction, that the new photojournalism is taking some cues from the successful microstock model.

Shooting Stock: It's Not Brain Surgery

By Paul Melcher | 641 Words | Posted 9/29/2009 | Comments (5)
Commercial stock photography, in order to strive, has to offer an emotionally meaningful solution to potential clients.

Inflation, Magazines and Photography: Great Drought of 2009

By Paul Melcher | 717 Words | Posted 7/23/2008 | Comments
Magazines' struggle with economic woes will hit photography even closer to home. Combined with increased migration to the Internet, a price raise will make magazines that much less appealing. It is not going to be pretty: They will have to reduce staff and eliminate positions. Photo-editor responsibilities will be passed to art directors and let go.

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