This is my last communication as CEO of iStockphoto and SVP Consumer at Getty Images. It's been a difficult decision, but it’s the right moment to move on. I need more time with my family, and time to figure out what I'm going to do next. Anybody who knows me, knows I'm a bit of a workaholic. So I'm finally going to make some time for myself and the people in my life.
Bruce Livingstone sat on one of my panels during the CEPIC congress 2008 in Malta where iStock also organized an iStockalypse event. It was a great experience for everyone in the audience to listen to him. Finally he now has the time to care more about his family. Sooner or later we will see him acting again, in another new venture.
Yet the split Getty/photographer remains unclear for the moment. Jason Cincaid once wrote: "There is no set payout structure - each selected participant in the program will need to negotiate their own deal with Getty".
Denise Waggoner writes: "The creative and photo research teams at Getty Images from all over the world (I’m talking China, Brazil, the US, UK and beyond) have spent the last several months exploring ... all Flickr has to offer ... there are three BILLION pictures on Flickr and we are literally at the tip of 'ye olde iceberg.' We’re starting small and then we’ll continue our journey and add thousands of new pictures a month".
Shutterstock announced the introduction of Shutterstock footage in February 2006 and went live with it in April 2006 - way earlier than iStock footage (Sept. 2006). 11 months ago in April 2008 Shutterstock added a subscription plan to Shutterstock footage. While Fotolia is still in the process of building its microstock footage library, Shutterstock announced today that it is extending all Shutterstock Footage subscription terms from 30 days to one year at no additional cost and also introduces Low Resolution stock footage subscriptions.
Detailed changes between the initial 2008 and today´s 2009 subscription plan after the jump, marked in red.
Stock Income Survey, also for microstockers: Selling-Stock has launched a survey to gather information from photographers, designers and illustrators concerning their 2008 income, cost of doing business and the proportion of their income that resulted from licensing stock rights to images. Selling-Stock encourages every photographer, graphic designer and
illustrator who licensed rights to images in 2008 - be it for a few
hundred dollars or tens of thousands - to respond to the survey´s nine
simple questions. The survey will remain open until April 15, 2009. To review the 2007 Income Survey results, click here.
Here is a quick and easy guide to surviving - and planning for - what will happen if you have to face a layoff."
Phishing Attack Takes Down iStockPhoto on TechCrunch: "iStockphoto has been hit with a phishing attack. All users who have logged into the site today are being instructed to change their passwords (presumably because they have been compromised) and the site´s homepage has been taken down." ... but is up and running again. Related iStock forum post.
"It is our intention is to bring together the best of each company's assets and people to better serve our customers. As with any acquisition, there will be areas of work duplication and overlap between the two organizations being brought together, creating redundancies. As a result, some Jupiterimages employees in the US will be leaving within the next 60 days. There will be some employees who will be asked to stay on for a longer transition period to help with the integration. Regarding offices, in the US, a few key JupiterImages offices will remain open based on business need and building requirements. However, it is likely that the JupiterImages employees who stay with Getty Images will eventually move to an existing Getty Images office location. In EMEA, Jupiterimages is following statutory requirements for any employee redundancies."