Thinkstock Is Closed

By Jim Pickerell | 157 Words | Posted 6/27/2019 | Comments
Thinkstock is officially closed. The closing was first announced in April 2018. All the imagery is now available on iStock or Getty Images. Thinkstock annual subscribers will be offered a product that is made up of the same content that is currently available on Thinkstock, including the same iStock Essentials imagery.

CFO Steven Berns Leaves Shutterstock

By Jim Pickerell | 278 Words | Posted 6/26/2019 | Comments
Shutterstock announced yesterday that Co-Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer Steven Berns will depart from his roles at Shutterstock to pursue other opportunities, effective immediately to pursue other opportunities. Mr. Berns' departure is not due to a dispute or any matter relating to the Company's accounting and financial policies and operations.

Logos And Trademarks

By Jim Pickerell | 894 Words | Posted 6/24/2019 | Comments
Robert Kneschke’s story on Unsplash last week got me thinking about trademarks and logos. Professional photographers tell me that the inspectors for the major stock agencies – Getty, Shutterstock, AdobeStock and iStock – are increasingly rejecting photos with any identifying brand marks for fear of legal action by the brands.

Is The Unsplash Business Model For You

By Robert Kneschke | 1825 Words | Posted 6/20/2019 | Comments
A while ago, I tried here to understand the business model of Pixabay, who want to make money from free pictures. A similar company, but with greater international notoriety, is Unsplash. In 2013, as a simple Tumblr blog, this company took the stage where 10 free pictures were shared. There are currently over 1,000,000 free images online, which have received a total of over 1,006,650,155 free downloads. These and many other exciting figures can be found here on the statistics page of Unsplash.

Help Push Small Claims Bill Through Congress

By Jim Pickerell | 291 Words | Posted 6/20/2019 | Comments
The Copyright Alliance needs all image creators to help push the CASE Act – the bill to create a copyright small claims court for creators and small business owners – through Congress. On May 1, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act) of 2019 (H.R. 2426 and S. 1273) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

Photography Marketplace Event In New York

By Jim Pickerell | 216 Words | Posted 6/19/2019 | Comments
Next week a two-day Creative Marketplace event will take place in New York at the Midtown Loft, 267 Fifth Avenue (29th St & 5th Av.) from 9:30 to 5:30 each day. This event is designed to give image and footage buyers an opportunity to meet with creators and organizations that license creative content. There will be free seminars aimed particularly at the buyer, but which will also offer useful information for the creators.

Government Organizations Can Grab Photos Without Paying

By Jim Pickerell | 454 Words | Posted 6/19/2019 | Comments
The Texas Appeals court has ruled that the state can infringe upon copyright without risking punishment under the state’s or federal government’s “takings” clause. More than two years ago, photographer Jim Olive discovered that his aerial photo of the Houston skyline (titled “The Cityscape”) was being used by the University of Houston, a public university, on its website to promote its C.T. Bauer College of Business without requesting permission or making payment.

Is Picture Research Dead?

By Robert Harding | 1080 Words | Posted 6/13/2019 | Comments
Robert Harding, CEO of Robert Harding Picture Library, recently sent a message to picture buyers asking the question “Is picture research dead?” Image creators need to carefully consider the implications of this message.

Unauthorized Use Dilemma

By Jim Pickerell | 1006 Words | Posted 6/13/2019 | Comments (1)
A reader asked about un-vetted contributions to microstock sites. She has discovered that her work is widely copied on the Internet and says she was unaware that microstock sites allow people to post images that are not their own. She asked if I could provide a list of microstock sites that don’t follow up to determine if the person submitting images or footage really created what they are submitting. Finally, who should she chase up if there is an infringement?

Who Are Macrostock Sellers

By Jim Pickerell | 1076 Words | Posted 6/11/2019 | Comments
A reader asked, “In the article written by Martin Lisius (Microstock-The Dark Side Of Image Licensing) he refers to non micro agencies as a possible answer to the low prices that photographers receive. When I search under the heading of macro stock on your site about the only name that comes up is Getty.  Do I understand this correctly?”

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