Fraud Claims Brought Against Pearson Education

By Jim Pickerell | 442 Words | Posted 5/24/2013 | Comments
In the case of Pacific Stock, Inc. vs. Pearson Education United States District Judge Susan Oki Mollay in Hawaii has denied Pearson’s request for summary judgment with regard to Pacific Stock’s claim that Pearson had engaged in fraud and fraudulent inducement in its use of 59 images. Pacific Stock has also alleged that with regard to 151 images from 70 of its photographers Pearson exceeded the print run rights granted for the use of its images in Pearson textbooks.

Using Images Without Permission Becomes Legal In UK

By Jim Pickerell | 998 Words | Posted 5/8/2013 | Comments
United Kingdom photographers are up in arms over the latest action by their government to make it legal for consumers to use their images without their permission. The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act recently passed in the U.K. provides a way to legally use images found on the Internet when the copyright owner cannot be identified or contacted. Such images are known as “orphaned works.”

Holding The Pricing Line

By Jim Pickerell | 910 Words | Posted 4/16/2013 | Comments
In recent discussions with agents operating in Europe it seems that it has become impossible to hold the line on pricing. They say there is always a competitor willing to undercut any rate.

Customer Reselling Of Copyrighted Material Legal

By Jim Pickerell | 238 Words | Posted 4/5/2013 | Comments
Last month the U.S. Supreme Court in a 6-to-3 decision in the case of Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons found that Supap Kirtsaeng had the right to resell, in the United States, textbooks that his friends and relatives purchased in Thailand. The Thai math student at Cornell University generated roughly $900,000 in revenue by reselling books that can be purchased at a much lower price in Thailand than in the U.S.

A Career In Visual Communications

By Jim Pickerell | 537 Words | Posted 3/11/2013 | Comments
If you are a young person who wants a career in visual communications where are the opportunities likely to be? They are least likely to be in print publishing. This article presents statistics that explain why and gives some insights into the potential for video.

Time Warner Expected To Dump Many Magazines

By Jim Pickerell | 363 Words | Posted 3/5/2013 | Comments
In the digital age there is declining interest among consumers and advertisers in print publications. Investors have little confidence that there will ever be a recovery or revival of print. They want the companies they invest in to shed marginally profitable assets and focus on the much more profitable businesses of film and television. Publishers like Time Warner are looking for ways to reduce their print publication exposure and concentrate their investments on assets that offer better growth potential.

Education Shifts From Books To Digital – FAST

By Jim Pickerell | 836 Words | Posted 2/28/2013 | Comments
A major shift is coming in the education market, and more rapidly than many expect. In Pearson’s recent Q4 2012 earnings call John Fallon, CEO and Chief Executive of International Education business discussed many of the “fundamental structural change” that are taking place in Pearson’s education business.

Median Photographer Salaries $28,860 In U.S.

By Jim Pickerell | 581 Words | Posted 2/5/2013 | Comments
In January the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released a report on Media and Information that provides some interesting insights into the photography business. Median still photographer income in U.S. is $28,860. The median for TV and video camera operators is over $40,000 and almost $53,000 for Film and Video editors.

Future Image Demand In Education

By Jim Pickerell | 728 Words | Posted 12/11/2012 | Comments
At the PACA International Conference in October, Christie Silver of McGraw Hill School Education Group provided details on where her team found images for a major reading program they have been working on this year. She also provided insights as to how educational publishers will be sourcing images in the future and pointed out that the main focus of all educational efforts these days is digital.

Is There A Future In Creating Images For Educational Use?

By Jim Pickerell | 1619 Words | Posted 11/1/2012 | Comments
At the PACA International Conference in Chicago in October the keynote speakers was Ken Carson, EVP and General Counsel of Cengage Learning. He outlined many of the challenges educational publishers face today and provided insights as to where content licensing for educational use is headed.

Publishers Settle With Google Over Library Project

By Jim Pickerell | 364 Words | Posted 10/17/2012 | Comments
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) and Google have announced a settlement agreement that will provide the Google Library Project with access to books and journals that are still protected by copyright. Now, Google may digitize new books as well as make the contents of books already scanned available online.

Collecting Societies and Photocopy Licensing

By Jim Pickerell | 1633 Words | Posted 10/15/2012 | Comments
For more than 30 years “Collecting Societies” in many countries have had systems to compensate photographers when their images in books and periodicals are photocopied. U.S. photographers are not so fortunate.

Compensation For User Generated Web Usage

By Jim Pickerell | 2375 Words | Posted 9/26/2012 | Comments
Last weeks announcement that PACA, ASMP and CCC are considering some type of arrangement that would compensate image creators for the unauthorized web usage of their images on sites like Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube, etc. needs careful examination by all photographers and distributors before anything is formalized.

$1.00 Per Year For Textbook Use Of RM Images

By Jim Pickerell | 526 Words | Posted 9/10/2012 | Comments
Photographer Jacques Jangoux reports that Alamy has licensed two of his images - A3N0PR (2 boys in a canoe in the Amazon region) and A3AB62 (waterfall of Jari River, tributary of the Amazon) – for just $25.00 each for textbook use. Of course the photographer will only receive 60% of these figures.

Open Education Resources – The Next Disruptor

By Jim Pickerell | 621 Words | Posted 8/28/2012 | Comments
For some time professional image suppliers and many educational publishers have been at odds over unlicensed use of images. Image creators and suppliers claim they have not been properly compensated for the use of some images while publishers either try to hide the unauthorized uses or argue that what they have done is not copyright infringement. Now publishers and image creators are on the same side against alleged infringer Boundless Learning.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

By Jim Pickerell | 409 Words | Posted 5/29/2012 | Comments
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.  The “pre-packaged” comprehensive financial restructuring plan will eliminate $3.1 billion of the company’s debt through a debt to equity transaction with its bank and bond holders.

Growth in UIG/Encyclopaedia Britannica Image Quest Product

By Jim Pickerell | 469 Words | Posted 3/26/2012 | Comments
Universal Images Group Limited has built a database of more than 2.5 million education images for use by Encyclopaedia Britannica, in its Image Quest online subscription service for schools, colleges and universities.

Court Finds Pearson Must Reveal Print Quantities And Publication Dates

By Jim Pickerell | 505 Words | Posted 3/22/2012 | Comments
In the case of Jon Feingersh Photography, Inc. vs. Pearson Education, Inc. Judge Anita B. Brody in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has denied a request from Pearson that it not be required to release the print quantities and publication dates of the various textbooks in which 50 of Feingersh’s images were used.

Will iPads Become A Standard Fixture In The Classroom?

By Jim Pickerell | 414 Words | Posted 3/21/2012 | Comments
Recently, the results of a year long study of Algebra 1 students at the Amelia Earhart Middle School in Riverside, California were announced. The math scores of the students who were taught using Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s HMH Fuse: Algebra 1 curriculum on the iPad were 20% higher in the Spring 2011 California Standards Test than other students who were taught using traditional paper textbooks.

Foreign Rogue Sites That Infringe Copyright Shut Down By Publisher Alliance

By Jim Pickerell | 912 Words | Posted 2/22/2012 | Comments
An international alliance of publishers including seven member companies of the Association of American Publishers, with support from AAP and other international trade associations, has identified and taken legal action against operators of one of the largest pirate web-based businesses in the world.