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Old Mar 6, 2014, 10:06 PM   #1
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Default Getty Images makes 35 million images free for use.

http://www.bjp-online.com/2014/03/ge...-infringement/

Should make the crowd source microstock people happy

Not sure if this should have been put in the "News Discussion" or here in the General forums.
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Old Mar 7, 2014, 1:12 PM   #2
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Couple more articles on the Getty move to handing out "free" images
http://www.niemanlab.org/2014/03/get...ons-of-course/
http://blog.photoshelter.com/2014/03...e-destructive/
http://blog.melchersystem.com/2014/0...images-gamble/


Basically they have set the new bar for the race to the bottom of image worth to 0$ for images intended for web sized use.
NB: Getty now is trying to monetize the 0$ value of these images by the advertising included in the embed code.
And they share a pittance of that advertising revenue with the original image owners, maybe.


And a bit about images, big data and where their analysis of what works for monetizing images is going.
http://blog.melchersystem.com/2014/0...aphy-than-you/

Explains why places like Alamy are now starting to accept cell phone images as viable stock.

Interesting to see how this all pans out.
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Getty owned iStock changes to a subscription based model,
you subscribe at a monthly fee and download what you need.
http://petapixel.com/2014/03/07/gett...sed-licensing/
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And now 500px, with the massive amounts of images people are uploading every day deciding on turning into a royalty free service.
http://petapixel.com/2014/03/07/500p...op-instead-30/

Things are sure shaking up in the imaging world again in the race to the bottom of the price barrel.
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Millions of people have been flooding the internet with photos and videos for quite a while now. Screen grabbing and downloading pictures is so easy, and getting caught violating someone's copyright is so unlikely, it is a wonder that anyone bothers. These players are just finding ways to keep playing.
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