30 Sep 2007 This Month in Microstock – September 2007

Calendar, Mihai-Ciprian CalinThey say the photography industry has never been stable, and this month didn’t disappoint. It was filled with controversy, technical problems and new business.

The macrostock industry revolted against the new Getty Images US$49 web use license product. Getty responded, the industry responded again, and it’s still going on. Getty put a three month limit on the web use license, rendering it near useless given websites rarely remove images. Getty’s share price hit a 52week low and they later announced their core stock photography business was in decline. Opinions are mixed as to whether the growth of microstock is partially responsible for the slowdown, if any.

StockXpertStockXpert created an opportunity for established members to contribute directly to Jupiter Images.

SnapVillage added support for XMP paving the way to join Dreamstime in supporting RAW format photos. A week later they later improved their watermark.

Dreamstime partnered with OpenPhoto.net to supply free images to the non-profit sector. They also announced a new competition to win a workshop with stock photography guru Ron Chapple in Maui, all expenses paid!

FeaturePics created a free Blog Use License.

iStockphoto, Dreamstime and LuckyOliver all experienced growing pains with their technology. Apparently it’s not easy serving millions of high resolution photos online and transacting hundreds of times a second.

Alamy also ventured into controversial space with an ambiguous Novel Use Scheme where contributors can opt-in to sell images at lower prices with lower commissions in undefined partnerships.

Yuri Arcurs contributed an amazing article to Crestock: Eight Secrets from the World’s Top Selling Photographer

BigStockPhoto celebrated their third birthday by unveiling seasonal themed collections and the ability to add multiple images to the shopping cart from the search results pages.

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