From the newsletter:
We are sorry to announce that beginning today, StockXpert will no longer sell new credits or accept new members. On February 11, 2010, searching and downloading at StockXpert will cease. This will be the end of image sales at StockXpert.
All SXP members have the opportunity to transfer their remaining credits to iStockphoto. iStock offers the highest quality affordable microstock imagery in the industry. Come and see for yourself. SXP credits will be honored 1 for 1 at iStockphoto.
If you aren't already an iStock member, we encourage you to sign up now. Your credits will be transferred on February 11. If you miss that date, you will still be able to transfer your credits anytime over the next 6 months, until August 11, 2010.
To transfer your credits, login to your StockXpert account and follow the instructions on the front page.
The StockXpert.com website will remain accessible to members and active for certain functions. You will still be able to access your account history and purchase receipts. If you have any questions at all, please contact our Support team.
Please read more about the future of StockXpert here. Thank you for all of your support and patronage over the years. We look forward to seeing you at iStockphoto.
• Related (Press release distributed by Getty in mid-December):
HAAP Media Ltd Announces Full Acquisition by Getty Images
Budapest, December 16, 2009. HAAP Media Ltd. announced today that Getty Images Inc. has completed the full acquisition of the company and their highly popular and innovative stock imagery sites, Stock.XCHNG (www.sxc.hu) and Stockxpert (www.stockxpert.com). These sites are key leaders in the microstock market. The founding partners in HAAP Media Ltd., Mr. Andras Pfaff and Mr. Peter Hamza, owners through Dream Group (Hungary), have sold their remaining interest in HAAP after nearly nine years of successful leadership to pursue other new and exciting opportunities.
About Dream Group
Dream Group (www.dreamcsoport.hu) is a creative venture set up by a group of young professionals who believe in the combination of imaginative thinking and technological competence for the sake of successful business. The first establishment, Dream Interactive ( www.dream.hu/en) digital agency was set up in 1997 in Budapest, and over the past 10 years it has become one of the most successful interactive agencies in Hungary, the flagship company of Dream Group. This year Dream Interactive has launched its brand new content management system called Dream Portal CMS 3.0. Other members of Dream Group include SeeMe, a mobile marketing agency, and two other companies focusing on event marketing: Dream Lab (www.dreamlab.hu) and Glamour Models.
About Getty Images
Getty Images is the world’s leading creator and distributor of still imagery, footage and multimedia products, as well as a recognized provider of other forms of premium digital content, including music. Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and imagery help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and Web sites. Visit Getty Images at www.gettyimages.com to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of digital media in communications and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life.