More great news out of Getty ;-)
Photographers are suing Getty Images over a subscription pricing
plan. The group of stock photographers has filed a class-action
lawsuit which asserts that by including rights-managed stock images
in the Getty Images Premium Access subscription product, Getty
violated copyright and broke its contract with rights-managed
contributors. The suit says Getty’s product makes rights-managed
images available under royalty-free license terms for unreasonably
According to the class action suit, Getty is paying photographers a
pro-rata share of Premium Access fees when their images are
downloaded through the program. Payments have been as low as $2.08,
according to the lawsuit – substantially lower than a
photographer’s share of a traditional rights-managed stock sale.
“In Premium Access, Getty essentially allows its customers to set
the amount of photographers’ royalties themselves,” the suit says.
“Not surprisingly, this results in royalties equal to a tiny
fraction of the commercial value of the photographers’
Makes me sick. Getty is undercutting the market and destroying the
value of these images even more in the future. Here is to
Photographers flexing their muscles, demanding change and expecting
a fair shake. This is a great step and development.