Atlanta, GA, Nov. 16, 2007. After two months of ongoing and productive dialog with the Stock Artists Alliance (SAA), Getty Images today announced significant changes to its $49 "web-resolution" license for both Rights Managed and Rights Ready imagery.
The SAA-led coalition of artist groups´ key concern was this product
should "be restricted to short-term, highly limited, low-value usages
and does not provide a substitute for high-value commercial and
advertising online use licenses."
Images acknowledged the seriousness of concerns the group raised, and
has engaged in productive dialog with SAA to rework the product to
address those points.
Highlights of Changes
The major changes to the RM and RR products - compared in the chart
below to the products as originally presented - mean they are now
clearly and narrowly defined, limited not only to a three month term,
but also by additional parameters that effectively constrain usage.
Limitation of size
A maximum usage size of 180x150 pixels is now clearly defined. This clearly limits this license to secondary or spot usage.
Limitation on Distribution
In the original product, distribution was unlimited, allowing $49
licenses for major commercial campaigns. The revised product
effectively eliminates this loophole. Distribution of a single web ad
is now limited to one website only. Distribution of a single
promotional email is limited to 10,000 recipients for RM, and a single
email blast for RR. Use on a website is limited to a single page, and
not unlimited pages as in the original product.
SAA Executive Director Betsy Reid says the organization's leaders are
pleased the direct dialog led to "an improved license product that
resolves many of the concerns raised by photographers and our
coalition. It expands new licensing opportunities in a growing market
for very small digital uses where this type of product makes sense."
A bigger-picture issue that SAA has been raising is how traditional
RM licensing systems can be innovated to better meet the changing needs
of customers who are increasingly moving from print to digital media.
SAA is engaged in broader discussions around this critical issue with
Getty Images and other key players across the stock industry.
SAA President Roy Hsu explains, "SAA is committed to maintaining the
momentum from the ongoing dialog started here on issues central to the
long-term business interests of both artists and distributors."
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Betsy Reid, SAA Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 305-733-2737
Roy Hsu, SAA President, email@example.com, 917-363-5292
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