Getty Gets Nasty With Photographer Who’s Finally Had Enough

Posted Feb. 21st, 2013 by Daniel J. Cox

Awhile back I wrote about Getty Images sealing a deal with Google that was announced on their Blog as “5,000 new photos of nature, weather, animals, sports, food, education, technology, music and 8 other categories are now available for your use in Docs, Sheets, and Slides”.  5000 images handed over to Google and Getty paid the photographers involved a whopping $12.00 each. I don’t fault Google for making this deal. It was a great win for Google. It was just another day in the world of making money for Getty and not sharing the proceeds.

iStock Photo/Getty is at it again

iStock Photo/Getty is at it again

There’s been some interesting fallout over this Getty/Google deal. Here’s an excerpt from a recent PhotoShelter Blog post– Stock photographer Sean Locke – who has contributed more than 12,000 photos to iStockphoto and sold nearly 1 million licenses – decided to help out photographers who wanted to leave iStockphoto (although he says he was not directly related with the deactivation day) with an updated version of his popular Greasemonkey script that includes a deactivation button.

Good for Sean to make a stand and help others do the same.

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  1. Juan CalvilloOn Mar. 1st, 2013

    What’s wrong with you people, crying like little babies. Don’t you know we’re only alive to make money for Corporation, and not complain?! Stop acting like you have any right to make a decent living!!

  2. bob "Hawkeye" CollinsOn Mar. 1st, 2013

    As a photojournalist specializing in olympic class sports. In the beginning of stock imagery we all could earn a living. After tony Duffy of Allsport and steve and paul sutton of Duomo. Sold their perverbial souls to the likes of Getty and other .mega agencies

    No one even lnpws who these people are today, tey were the founding fathers of great sports photograpy. They got a big check and disappeared like ghosts.

  3. Lynn FunkhouserOn Feb. 27th, 2013

    I can not even get Getty to answer my e-mails or calls. My images went from Peter Arnold to them & I can’t get them to even acknowledge anything!!!!

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Feb. 27th, 2013

      Lynn, Getty got rid of most their editors who used to deal directly with their contributors. That says volumes about what they think about their contributors.

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