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Getty vs Pinterest vs photographer cut of licensing
Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 9:19 AM on 12.14.13
->> Here is a very interesting piece on Getty’s testimony before a federal copyright committee on its deal with Pinterest regarding the metadata of images and not the licensing of images. It is by John Harrington who was just placed on NPPA’s board of directors.

http://photobusinessforum.blogspot.com/2013/12/deception-getty-images-pinte...
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Martin McNeil, Photographer
London | London | United Kingdom | Posted: 5:03 AM on 12.16.13
->> Thanks for pointing me towards the info, Doug; I was not previously aware of this situation.

When taken in combination with the outcome of the Morel case and the ongoing NFL related suit, this surely should set alarm bells ringing inside the heads of anyone whom supplies Getty with content either as a stringer or contributor.
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Steven Bridges, Photographer
Knoxville | TN | United States | Posted: 11:39 AM on 12.16.13
->> So Getty is getting paid by Pinterest for metadata or the insertion of it, while Facebook is stripping it out of photos. Interesting.
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Martin McNeil, Photographer
London | London | United Kingdom | Posted: 7:47 PM on 12.16.13
->> To clarify to whomever marked the "Huh?": Getty, over the past few years, has

a) Severely cut contributors royalty rates whilst also engaging in a "race to the bottom" re. licensing fees

b) Aggressively pursued copyright infringement claims whilst not policing their own image distribution process (Morel vs. Getty / AFP)

c) Allegedly have been "gifting" rights-managed photographs to select clients (Spinelli et al vs. NFL / Getty / AP)

d) Crafted a method to obtain revenue from Pinterest for RM or RF content that will (if my understanding is correct) *not* be shared with the content creators

I terminated my contract with Getty a month ago for several reasons and yes, points A to C factored significantly in my decision...
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