|Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
||Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 10:00 PM on 12.02.19
|->> It’s crunch time for Seattle-based photo giant Getty Images, and for photographers
With its vast archive of more than 350 million images, a stable of award-winning photojournalists, and annual revenues of nearly $1 billion, Seattle-based Getty Images may be the most dominant player in the picture business.
It is also, arguably, the most controversial.
Getty has been criticized for selling the rights to photos that are freely available in the public domain. It was infamous for an aggressive copyright strategy that until recently included cease-and-desist orders and debt collections against anyone, even churches and small organizations, that used its images without permission.
And, critics say, Getty can be tough on the people who make those images in the first place...