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Why are some newspapers boycotting Getty Images?
Michael McLoone, Photographer
Garner | NC | USA | Posted: 3:43 PM on 06.21.04
->> I would like to hear from some people who work for Getty Images and from people who work for newspapers that have boycotted Getty Images(i.e. Minneapolis Star Tribune).
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Caleb Simpson, Photographer, Assistant
Dallas | Texas | USA | Posted: 3:58 PM on 06.21.04
->> Michael do you have any links of news storys on this? I have heard of photogs being upset with them, but this is the first time I have heard papers being upset. So basically I'm curious about this to. I have thought about sending in a portfolio to them, but would rather not if it is a bum deal. Better to learn from others than to make the mistake yourself.
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Kelvin Ma, Student/Intern, Photographer
Evanston | IL | USA | Posted: 4:19 PM on 06.21.04
->> Do you guys subscribe to NPPA's News Photographer magazine? There's a story in this month's issue about this topic. Basically, the issue with Getty is that they get special access because they have special partnerships with the NHL, MLB and NBA. Many editors feel that this is a conflict of interest and that it would not be ethical for them to use Getty Images. This is just a brief synopsis of what i read in NP, which is included in the NPPA membership. Check it out.

-K
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Stanley Leary, Photographer
Roswell | GA | USA | Posted: 4:28 PM on 06.21.04
->> Also, Getty has not been moving images of fights which take place at some of the events. Due to them not moving those images many consider them just a PR agency and not a news agency.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 5:32 PM on 06.21.04
->> Old topic ... a search of the Message Board would come up with these previous threads.

http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=392
http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=183

Other Info:

PDN Article:
November 14, 2003
Getty's Ethics Problems: What's Sports News, And What's PR?
Getty Images is trying to shake a public relations problem. Although it employs some of the best sports photographers in the business, a handful of major newspapers still refuse to run any Getty sports pictures, citing the company's apparent conflict of interest.
Originally Appeared in Photo District News

Recent NY Times Article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/03/business/media/03photo.html?ex=1087963200...
A Photo Agency's Partnerships Leave Some Editors Uneasy
Published: May 3, 2004

The critics and competitors of Getty Images can tick off examples of supposed conflicts of interest like rapid-fire photographs:
The race car driver Alex Zanardi's violent crash in 2001. A preseason basketball fistfight between Rick Fox of the Los Angeles Lakers and Doug Christie of the Sacramento Kings in 2002. The Vancouver Canucks star Todd Bertuzzi's sucker punch of the Colorado Avalanche rookie Steve Moore in a hockey game in March, breaking Mr. Moore's neck and ending his season.


These newsworthy sports events produced some of the most memorable, if grim, photojournalism of the last few years. But the clients of Getty, a growing stock photo agency that also produces a wire service for news organizations, were not offered any photos of the incidents.



Other topics on Getty:
http://www.pdnonline.com/photodistrictnews/search/search_display.jsp?vnu_co...
http://www.pdnonline.com/photodistrictnews/search/search_display.jsp?vnu_co...
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Rick Stewart, Photographer
Canandaigua | NY | | Posted: 10:24 PM on 06.21.04
->> Hey Stanley et al,

You have to have the pics to move them. This has already been threaded to death.

Rick Stewart
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Tucson | AZ | USA | Posted: 12:41 AM on 06.22.04
->> Perhaps it should be threaded to death some more. Remember it next time you have a lousy spot on the floor or field because of access issues.
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