Why I am Optimistic About the Music Industry. Any parallels? : So what will the ultimate solution look like? Undoubtedly, some form of advertising supported model where the music itself ceases to be the expensive jewel. The re-invention of the music industry is a bit like the middle-east peace process: everyone knows pretty much what the ultimate solution will look like, but no one has the courage to get there. Tom Glocer, Reuters´ CEO (compiled).
Andy gives us only bad news lately. We come to know that Shutterstock offers a subscription which lets them sell pictures for 25 cents each.
I don´t know if this is a record for the lowest price ever. If not, it must be very close. In these days Stockphototalk with no mercy, I´m starting to think that Andy is a bad guy, informs us that Getty Images, Corbis, Masterfile and other agencies are reducing the prices for their best pictures.
Also, after firing around 100 employees in August, Getty is changing management.
We don´t know very much from Corbis but I don´t see Bill with the V sign hand gesture.
The truth seems that everybody is struggling to stay alive.
"This is a sad time for the web. It´s as almost somber as the time
just before the last bubble burst in 2000. I was working in PR with
dot-com startups at the time and the way I feel now is how I did back
then. I wish I didn´t, but I do. Something needs to be said. Even if no
one listens or cares what I think. [...]
The bubble really began in earnest on October 9, 2006
when Google bought YouTube. That´s when every person with an
entrepreneurial itch woke up and smelled the hype and money. Prior to
then, startups were more focused on the entrance, not the exit. But the
Google YouTube deal and many others that followed really opened up the floodgates to money and it changed
the attitude of the web. [...]
The endless dot-com parties are back. So are the countless trade
shows/conferences that regurgitate the same "new paradigms" the last 10
events did - with no end in sight. [...] I don´t speak at or
attend very many Web 2.0 conferences anymore. I don´t have the heart
for it. I would be stirring the big pot of Kool-Aid.
Let´s face it, we´re skunk drunk and it´s because of money. It´s
almost like we all need to enter Betty Ford Clinic 2.0 together. This
time, it´s not stock market money but private equity, M&A, VCs and
to some degree the reckless abandonment of logic by some advertisers
who are perpetuating what is sure to end badly when the economy turns.
Hubris is back. [...]
I miss the days of 2004 when the class that includes Flickr,
del.icio.us and others started. They really were about changing the
web, not making a quick buck. [...]
Most of the rest of today´s net startups are only after the
almighty dollar and while that´s capitalism, it saddens me because it
has done little but breed hubris."
Why are these trade associations getting all whiny about the $49 Getty
At least the ones that have embraced RF pricing approaches?
Like microstock and subscription stock, the $49 one-price-fits-all is
simply another kind of RF. If you have already sold your soul, you do
not get to tell the devil what to do with it at some later date.
Around mid-May Jonathan Klein told Seattle Times technology reporter Kim Peterson that "he has big plans for Livingstone to drive Getty´s growth in other areas of the company", but Klein "won´t say what".
Attendees of the CEPIC session on User Generated Content/Microstock in Florence in mid-June may remember that I asked in a slide if "Getty goes again for User Generated Visual Content after iStock and Scoopt?". I assumed also a new photosharing site with the ability to license images with all needed releases and to self-tag the price of the image.
Jonathan Klein presented more general features about Getty Images´soon to be launched new Consumer site in the following sentences for a Getty Images broadcast, which was partly recently recorded in July after the earlier acquisition of Pump Audio:
We all know similar calculations: if only 2/3 of all inhabitants in China and India will own a car in the future and if only 25% of those would buy a SUV, the oil reserves of our world would be exhausted in three months and the accelerated world climate change will send our world to hell.
Instead they steal now a watermark protected image from Getty Images for a story on CompUSA, written again by mastermind Ben Popken. Thanks John for the hint, but I somehow don´t buy that "Getty opts not to pursue the infringement, because it's a free ad on a
really popular site whereby their name appears prominently".
Recently someone working for the magazine VISUELL copied some sentences from Will Carleton´s Photo Archive News, without crediting the source. They later corrected the mistake, but only after we started some riots. Earlier, a well-respected industry analyst rewrote an article of a well-known trade publication, without crediting the source. All that needed to be said regarding stolen content and regarding
making money with the stolen content had been said here in this place
earlier in detail. I won´t repeat that.
Fred Voetsch of Acclaim Images recently gained very questionable immortality with the unforgettable phrase "Getting into Alamy is like getting into Paris Hilton, it's just not
that difficult, though it can be fun and even quite profitable" (Fred added yesterday "I stand behind everything I wrote").
It is unknown so far if Paris Hilton has already contacted her lawyer. In a related matter, the "popular" celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, with "2.5 million unique visitors each day on his website, listed by the UK issue of GQ in their Man of the Year issue, called by the New York Post one of the 25 most powerful Latinos" and whose real name is Mario Armando Lavandeira, needs to talk to his attorney very soon.
Splash News is the latest celebrity photo agency to go after blogger Perez Hilton [Wikipedia entry] for posting photos without permission.
Hilton, whose real name is Mario Armando Lavandeira, was served with
a cease and desist order on Tuesday while sitting in The Coffee Bean
& Tea Leaf café, where he regularly works on his popular blog.
In a letter drafted by L.A. law firm Makarem & Associates,
Hilton was ordered to remove exclusive photos of Britney Spears holding
her baby Jayden James, taken in Louisiana by Splash snappers Aaron
St-Clair and Steve Dennett.
Foto-Shop is a Berlin-based photo cooperation of eight photographers,
together with a small gallery which serves mainly as a hub for inhouse
and external photographers to showcase their work.
So far, so good, nothing unusual. With some young photogs and two small gallery rooms with 23 square meters in a sexy area of an european metropolis, it´s just that classical -- not subcultural -- innovative photography scene thing going on.
But, on the other side of the street, daily dozens of policemen walk into one of Berlin´s biggest district police departments in rowdyish South Central Los Angeles
peaceful Central Berlin. As to no surprise, while all these stubborn officers
can´t sit all day in their pretty neat offices drinking cheap cold coffee
until retirement, they sometimes have to leave their gilded cages to
fight the omnipresent mafia crime, unconvincible parking offenders and obviously that suspicious local innovative photography scene thing.
"While perusing the archives of world-reknown
photographer, Eddie Adams, I came across some photos I hadn't seen of
the construction of the buildings .. As the government, land developers
and families struggle to rebuild Ground Zero, here is a poignant
reminder of how it started." (Allen Murabayashi)
"Last year, photographer Martin Fuchs put together a multimedia gallery 'Four Years Later'. It was his first attempt to create a multimedia gallery, and he has recently re-edited it." (Peter Marshall)
The amateur/end-consumer oriented Digital Photography Blog is a part of Weblogs Inc. and went -- my personal opinion -- online very, very late, as most of the other blogs in this area were already online years earlier. Everyone out there knows that writing about amateur/end-consumer oriented digital photography creates heavy traffic/hits via Google search queries.
Duncan Riley of The Blog Herald once wrote: “If Calacanis can do it, then anyone can do it.” Compare the estimated revenues of Weblogs Inc. (Calacanis wrote earlier, also mentioned here, that his weblog network is generating ad revenues close to $1m) and the estimated purchase price... .
Callaway Editions, which recently publishedMadonna’s series of
children’s books and has published the works of photo luminaries such as Irving
Penn, had been convicted to pay approximately $160,000 for the loss of 213 color
photographic transparencies and 62 black white negatives to photographer Macduff
This is exactly $500 for each of the color images lost and $250 for each missing black and white image, except interest and others costs. When Everton sought to resolve the matter earlier in a friendly way, Nicholas Callaway challenged him to “sue me.”
The press release of Edward Greenberg, Greenberg & Reicher, LLP, has more details.
This evening, Philip was extraordinary nervous, so the three of us asked him what had happened.
In his very own gossip diction, Philip explained that he was completely overf*cking whelmed because of a totally new business model he recently discovered.
“You know, there is this guy out there. This Superior GeniusJim Pickerell. I´m scared to death. He takes money for republishing press releases. For subscibers only. So clicking the previous link will take you, as a dumb user, to nowhere. And, you know what: it works, people are willing to pay him to read normally for free published press releases now for money. He is working in the Stock Photo Industry, where you are either an acquiring, a just acquired or a damned dead company nobody is interested in. But hell, what works there will work anywhere."
Michael was looking at Jerry and Jerry looked back to me. Michael was starting to be drenched in sweat, and Jerry alone had drunk about two bottles of this new, totally en vogue champagne from a young vineyard in Tijuana County named MöDöPrö. Hell, how do you pronounce that? Weird people.
However, Philip is a genius and an expert in exceptional business ideas. His phone rang, at the same time his pager went off and the overhead paging system called his name.
Jason Calacanis wanted to know how he could immediately get involved into this new business field that Philip discovered. He was nervous, because he knew that Duncan Riley of the Weblog Empire had already called Philip a dozen times in this matter. Jason said, “Hey Phil, let´s blog about this!”
Overhearing this, Jerry left immediately to the toilet for vomiting. Two blonde silicon cuties stepped in his way, pretending how cool his show last tuesday had been and all that crap. Michael, still sweating, looked at them and said, “I might have been taken the wrong kind of movies lately.”
A dark dog was running around, together with a very tall woman, yelping “we can now even track the usage of images that haven´t even been taken!”
In the back of the restaurant, Steve Rubel explained the benefits of a podcasted corean RSS menu card with chinese tags to the italian owner.
Then, with chattering of teeth, a product manager flounced around: "Hell, I had no internet connection
today. How should I be able to scan the blogosphere to xerox closely content for It´s all about Copying?
In a secluded part of the restaurant garden, two really big and long-time friends were talking. Without their lawyers.
One said: "I´ve just impounded three of your cars: a Ferrari, a
Lamborghini and an old Mercedes 600. You earned the money for this in the Picture Business. This for sure must hurt you pretty bad." The other responded: "Baby, you know there
are 15 other cars left, so what?" *
"You of all people should know that we are constantly developing new software products for
the imagery industry. But we have no clue what the other companies in
this field are working on. So, uhm, what`d you say, uhm, you´ll start
to talk to some of our competitors, pretending that you´ve to do some
kind of inquiry for a story you´re working on, an in-depth-review
of some products, an overview for mature customers, crap like that,
call it as you like it. We´ll pay all your travel expenses and you come
back to us and report the secret products the others companies are
working on. How does that sound to you, uhm?"
Perplexed by this ugly offer of industrial espionage, the hack writer turned around to leave
the pleace. Babyface grabbed him at the shoulders and rolled his eyes:
"Now you listen, you lame quill-driver. You know that we, as a member of the
syndicate, got an investment in you. An investment of time, training and money. It´s not working, so you gotta pay back. But I worked this deal out for ya. Gotta consider
yourself lucky that I´m sending you to this disciplinary outfit." **
So, this is just another normal weird mid-week evening with some misled individuals in the garden of the Barbetta Restaurant.
Besides this, it was too late for Philip. He knew it. No 10 seconds elevator pitch for him. That´s the far side of the dollar, if you´re just too late.
“I met the newspaper boy outside 10 minutes ago. The story is all on the Six O'Clock News and already printed in the newspapers. It´s gone. Leave it alone. Let it lay."
"The Superior Genius had been critized for reprinting stupid press releases for money. But, in my attitude to work, I think that some
people might not have fully understand the underlying idea."
He passed the following text from a newsticker to us, highlighting the importance of reprinting fee requiring press releases:
+++ Superior Genius has invented a new internet revenue model +++ Myriads of millions
of people had been locking for new revenue models for content on the
internet +++ New groundbreadking idea: take money for press releases +++ Real internet warriors of the early times are intrigued +++ Prominent VC
have already told the Wall Street Journal that they will fund this idea +++ Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers started
to fund pay-to-read-press-releases start ups +++ Guy Kawasaki of Garage Technologies Ventures said: "We are reinventing the web!" +++ "Our dreams are coming true!" +++ Worldwide the public relations companies are going completely nuts +++ "We never thought people out there would pay for such crap" +++ But they confirm: "From now on you´ll have to pay to read our stuff" +++ Nick Denton and Jason Calacanis are completely overwhelmed +++ "Hell, blogging and Google Ads had been yesterday" +++ CEO of the Press Release Cemetery Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Graveyard, Inc. (Nasdaq: GRAV) said: +++ "There are tons of bucks in those press release graves" +++ "Competition in the pay-to-read-press-releases
business is soon starting to become ruinous" +++ Another distributor of
fee requiring press releases told Phototalk: "The press releases we
disseminate are more productive, more effective and notably cheaper" +++ Some customers have concerns +++ Questions that arise are: "Superior Genius, do I get a discount if I read 10 press releases instead of
only 5 ?" +++ "Do I get a special account on crappy press releases of Corbis?" +++ "Do I have to pay to read press releases of my own company?" +++ Superior Genius responded: "Sure you´ll have to pay to read normal press releases of the company you work for" ++++ "I will do everything to serve the needs of my customers" +++ "Hell, I decided to do some consulting for E-Data, so why shouldn´t I take money for press releases?" +++ "Press releases serve a very useful function" +++ "In future I will
publish such information under a Press Release heading" +++ "The
following is the initial offering" +++ Click there only if you have paid +++ American Express said that Platinum Card holders will receive free entry to the new World Press Release Conference "Pay, Read, Forget" to be held in Flower Mound, TX +++ Local mayor said "Somewhere in Texas a small village is still missing it's idiot" +++ "So join the meeting!" +++
Philip looked at Jerry. Michael looked at me. Philip said, "I have lost it. I´m a wimp."
A very russian atmosphere, with real depressed men drinking wodka and endless whining and crying.
Out of nowhere, the most nauseous and sick experience this evening,
an ugly guy showed up, talking to the waiters:
"Hey, I´m always looking for some young drug addicts to do some keywording stuff
for my company, know someone? I´m paying nothing, just like I did in the
past, but they´ll stay alive. I know this can ruin my company, but
hell, I´m saving money right now. They´ll just be glad to get up in the morning and go to work like some regular fellows. That´s it."
Philip loaded the business card via
Bluetooh in his Palm and mailed it to his secret service.
He looked at Michael, "I´ll tell you this guy´s name if my lawyers are back from summer vacation and I´ll link to the company. Crazy, a lot of big companies in the picture business are working with this guy and are unwittingly involved in this, but obviously no one knows the background. One of these companies will be ready-to-go-public soon. I guarantee you this will be a very unpleasant experience, and only because of this relationship. Believe it or not, I got some emails earlier and you won´t believe the content. That´s my advantage of "growing in the crack of a sidewalk", my dear: people just trust you. I intend to keep it this way." ***
As we left the garden of the Barbetta heading to the Russian Tea Room and some Georgian-spiced seared halibut in Wodka, Philip´s phone rang again. Jerry looked at Michael and cited Scotty Fitzgerald:
"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter - tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms further... And one fine morning -
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
Later, he refused to pay the taxi.
Footnote: parts of this message are skit and are not intended to diminish the merits of anyone. Other parts are appalling real.
Or, as the little brother of Arthur Schopenhauer once said: “You know that you are an acknowledged personality with a widely accepted business reputation if people start to write not only seriously about you, but wryly and ironically. Look at what this cartoonist had done to Thomas Mann."
Footnote 2: Arthur Schopenhauer had no little brother, he had a little sister, Adele.
Footnote 3: Adele wasn´t a contemporary of Thomas Mann, who always paid the taxi.
“World Picture Network would like to see any images from the London
Terror Attack taken by any member of the public to represent them in
the Media. Photo’s could have been taken on a mobile phone, PDA or
digital camera. WpN represent the work of some of the world’s greatest
photographers and would like to solicit your help to cover this sad
event in English history. This will not effect your ability to post
blogs but by saying you are the copyright holder (Copyright of_____)
when posting images it stops media publications from using them without
you consent and breaking the copyright law. Please email pictures to email@example.com where we can view
the image and get back to you about their use. [...] Our very best. All the staff at WpN.
“We’ve never been in a position to move [bystander] pictures so fast,” says WPN CEO Seamus Conlan. “Now you have a culture of people who have their own web sites, and who are blogging all the time.”
WPN posted a solicitation for images on www.flickr.com, asking to see any images of the attacks and offering to distribute the pictures to the media, says Conlan. “We got a couple of dozen pictures,” he says, including some images from an unnamed witness who photographed the Tavistock Square bus bombing from an office overlooking the scene. One of the images ran as an exclusive on the front page of the New York Post at a price Conlan isn’t disclosing (the photographer gets 50 percent of the sale, he notes).