31 Oct 2008 This Month in Microstock – October 2008
This was a massive month for all sectors of the stock photo industry with each major traditional agency and each microstock agency included in the action. Mergers, rate cuts and closures – there appears to be very little confidence in the traditional sector of the market in this financial climate.
Citing rising competition from microstock and economic factors, Corbis announced a 10% cut in royalty rates for Rights Managed contributors.
Digital Railroad, a backup and ecommerce platform for photographers, closed down suddenly after announcing staff cuts and the need for further funding earlier in the month.
Fotolia stopped paying for new referred contributors via its affiliate program, didn’t tell their affiliates, and deactivated a portion of active referrals.
iStockphoto signed a deal with label giant Avery to provide a selection of free images and discounts for credit purchases at iStockphoto.
Dreamstime pre-announced a partnership to sell greeting cards featuring stock photos via MySpace.
StockXpert images became available for pay-per-download via Photos.com at all sizes, not just extra large.
Jupitermedia announced the User Generated Content Expo and Conference (UGCX) in San Jose next February.
The MSG community said farewell to our friend The Miz.
Dan Heller returned from a blogging sabbatical with a massive post providing insights into the future of stock photography and the consumer.
Kelly Thompson took time out from his vacation down under to appear on Sky Business News Australia, receiving some flack from friends and colleagues for being portrayed as CEO (he’s actually COO).
The inimitable Paul Melcher retold the history of stock photography portraying traditional pro stock photographers as parasites and concluding that microstock is returning the passion to stock photography.