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.
Lara Jade Coton is an 18 year old photographer and college student who resides in England. Her work has been featured in a range of magazines and e-zines. She took up photography at the age of 14 and also works
in photo manipulation and digital art. She discovered that an innocent self-portrait, taken when she was 14 years old, was obtained off the Internet and used without permission as the DVD cover and face art for the sexually explicit movie "Body Magic", produced by TVX Films.[...]
The United States, although a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol, has neither ratified nor withdrawn from the Protocol. The signature alone is symbolic, as the Kyoto Protocol is non-binding on the United States unless ratified. The United States was, as of 2005, the largest single emitter of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels. China is projected to take over at the top of the table by 2010. (Wikipedia)
In the editorial part of the TV news, the same ladies which just complained about the Global Warming and the Climate Change, get all excited when giving the weather forecast later, grinning from ear to ear, about the "fabulous weekend weather".
As the year is running out, it´s time to Iean back. I was asked to write about Tops and Flops 2006 in the editorial and stock photo industry, covering software providers, micropayment sites, the big stockhouses, unknown facts and more or less glorious sacrifices on the altar of the picture trading industry.
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.
Jay DeFoore had been the first one to write in Getty Tightens Its Belt in September that
"employees have been told to watch their expense accounts, and rumors
abound that layoffs are coming, with 10 percent cuts being bandied
about." This number has been widely reported on the internet, expecially from those heroes who infrequently or never link back to their source of information. Then, as to no surprise and besides the official email of Jonathan Klein last week, shortly before the recent PACA conference non-anonymous and also unsolicited anonymous "insider" emails flew around the world with the hilarious message that "major layoffs in all departments" are coming.
I have to apologize to those few people out there which like this
blog for being offline three working days in this blog section (not in
the Press Release Cemetery where the music always plays), but firstly I
needed a break and we are experiencing some phantastic indian summer
days here, secondly I found nothing really newsworthy happening which drove me to tears and could not be covered through the perfect tool Press Release Cemetery, and
thirdly I´m busy with preparing the PACA attendance of a company I´m currently affiliated with.
Additionally, Getty Images had been so kind to postpone the Q3/2006 results and Conference Call from the initially intended Oct. 19 to Oct. 24, so it looks currently to be a calm week. The best tool in Bloglines is always "Mark All Read". I´m back with images and maybe news from Key West the day after tomorrow.
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.
Although there are serious concerns if Alexa is a trustworthy tool to measure anything at all, it is remarkable that all sites obviously have lost readers, presumably due to the influence of seasonal factors (vacation time, world cup) and due to the fact that the mass hysteria to read all-you-can-eat about the micropayment stock photography phenomenon, born in February this year when Getty Images acquired iStockphoto, is over.
It´s getting scientifical. The influence of seasonal factors (spring) and professional activities (lot´s of specific fairs currently) on the Alexa ranking, resulting betimes in less time and less attention from readers: