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Getty’s Open Letter to U.S. Senators

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DMLA Member Getty Images has written an Open Letter to U.S. Senators regarding Google’s anti-competitive practice of image scraping.  This policy change on the part of Google was implemented in 2013 and greatly impacts anyone who displays images on the internet.

Getty is asking for support from visual associations and image licensing companies, as well as the photographers that we represent.  We ask you to read the letter and if you agree with it, please add your name.

You can read the letter here.

BIG NEWS FROM GETTY: NEW CEO NAMED

Exciting news from Getty this morning as they announced their replacement for out-going CEO Jonathan Klein and it is Dawn Airey.  Airey was previously Senior Vice President of Yahoo!’s EMEA businesses, where she led the company’s operations in the region. Prior to that she held senior leadership positions at several major UK media companies, including Chairman and CEO of Channel 5, Managing Director of Global Content at ITV and Managing Director of Channels and Services at BSkyB.  You can read the whole release here.

 

 

 

Jonathan Klein Steps Down, Moves to Chairman

‘For the past 20 years, Co-Founder and CEO Jonathan Klein has led Getty Images as it pioneered every significant industry innovation, establishing the company as the pre-eminent business and brand in the market globally. Today, Getty Images announces plans to expand its footprint in the consumer space, as Jonathan Klein transitions into a new role as Chairman.’

See the entire article here.

Jonathan Klein steps down, moves to Chairman. Next Getty Images CEO ‘will be an outside hire’

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As Getty Images celebrates 20 years in business this week, the agency’s leader and co-founder Jonathan Klein is stepping down as CEO into a new role as Chairman. There doesn’t seem to be a timeline in place, “Jonathan will transition his CEO responsibilities over time (in the immediate term, nothing changes) and will play a critical role in hiring the right person to lead Getty Images into the future. Getty Images will retain a search firm to assist with recruitment. We can confirm that Jonathan’s successor as CEO will be an external hire. ”

Getty on the 20th anniversary: “For the past 20 years, Co-Founder and CEO Jonathan Klein has led Getty Images as it pioneered every significant industry innovation, establishing the company as the pre-eminent business and brand in the market globally. Today, Getty Images announces plans to expand its footprint in the consumer space, as Jonathan Klein transitions into a new role as Chairman.”

Getty Images also announces the launch of its bold new consumer website, which enables seamless sharing of content and introduces hand-curated ‘best of’ galleries. Designed for people who are passionate about photography, the new experience caters to the 97 per cent of visitors to www.gettyimages.com who enjoy viewing the world’s best imagery, rather than licensing for commercial or editorial purposes.

“Getty Images has a 20 year history of leadership, disruption and innovation and we look forward to a strong and successful future. We continue to build on the success of recent changes implemented in our market-leading midstock business and are eager to fulfil the potential of a more consumer-facing strategy. With a strong leadership team in place, the time is right for me to transition to the role of Chairman,” said Jonathan Klein, Co-Founder and CEO, Getty Images.

“Mark Getty and I created Getty Images because we believe that imagery has the power to change the world. That is truer today than ever before. Visual content is playing an increasing role in the way the world communicates and we see great opportunities ahead. I have every confidence in our business, our people, our award-winning content and our unrivalled expertise. Getty Images’ 20th anniversary is an excellent time to hand the reins to our next CEO, who will build on these strong foundations.”

Eliot Merrill, Managing Director, The Carlyle Group, said, “Jonathan built Getty Images into an iconic global brand. We support his move to Chairman and we are pleased he will continue as our partner once a new CEO is named. We are excited about Getty Images’ future and look forward to fostering the continued growth of this remarkable company.”

REMOVAL OF BING WIDGET SAVES MICROSOFT FROM PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION

by Nancy Wolff, DMLA Counsel  

Getty Images (US), Inc. v. Microsoft Corp., No. 14CV7114 DLC, 2014 WL 5285697 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 16, 2014)

In late August Microsoft launched a test version of a new service called Bing Image Widget which allows website publishers to embed a panel on their website that displays images supplied by Microsoft’s Bing Image Search that would enhance the user’s website experience.  The Bing Image Widget search prompted an automatic tool that “crawled” the Internet for any content that Microsoft could find, whether the crawled site had permission to use the images. The images were displayed in collage mode comprised of small, thumbnail-sized images or slideshow mode displaying full-sized images that rotated every few seconds. The thumbnail images were copied and indexed and then stored in a Thumbnail Library on Microsoft’s servers including code that displayed the full-sized images by an in-line link to an originating website’s server.

As mentioned n a prior post, http://blog.pacaoffice.org/?p=2242, many PACA members, as well as other associations (Specifically ASMP and CEPIC) were concerned that this widget could be used to replace legitimate licensing and contacted Microsoft to discuss the widget and industry concerns. Prior to any response  to the Associations from  Microsoft, Getty Images, who had earlier this year released an embed tool to promote “responsible image sharing”   http://infocus.gettyimages.com/post/new-embed-lets-you-share-tens-of-millions-of-images#.VFfluTTF8YZ]  filed a motion seeking preliminary injunction against Microsoft. A motion for preliminary injunction seeks to compel the allegedly infringing party to immediately cease use, and is granted where a party faces “irreparable harm” by the continued use. That same day, Microsoft immediately disabled the Widget and a few days later communicated to Getty Images that Microsoft was willing to “commit to not re-launching the Widget during the pendency of the lawsuit except as redesigned to display public domain or licensed images.” [Although, it wasn’t until almost two weeks later that Microsoft disabled the Widget for those that were still able to use the code generated prior to Microsoft’s disabling of the Widget.]

Due to Microsoft’s “prompt disabling” of the Widget and their assurances that it will not re-launch the service until the pending copyright infringement action is decided, the Southern District of New York denied Getty’s motion seeking preliminary injunction against Microsoft. It is important to note that this decision does not mean that Getty Images’ copyright infringement action against Microsoft is dismissed. Rather, the Court held that Getty Images did not meet the requirements for obtaining a preliminary injunction because Microsoft had already discontinued use of the Widget on its own.

PACA/Digital Media Licensing and ASMP did eventually have a conversation with Microsoft where it stated that due to ongoing litigation, it could not discuss the case, but that the Bing widget was disabled and there was no intention of launching the current Bing Widget in the future.  We offered to be available to discuss image embedding and search and in particular anything that would not encourage licensing of images from the original source. We discussed the  industry’s effort to increase image information through the PLUS registry and encouraged Microsoft to learn more about the PLUS coalition.

Mother Image Receives Getty Grant

Getty Images recently announced the recipients of its 10th Annual Grants Programme. Since its inception in 2004, Getty Images has supported the photojournalism and photographic communities with $1.2M in financial grants, receiving thousands of entries throughout the decade tenure. In 2014 Getty Images received a total of 575 entries from photographers in 89 countries.  Getty Images, Senior Vice President, Creative, Andrew Saunders says: “It is both inspiring and humbling to witness the powerful combination of creative thinking and commitment to advance social causes that this year’s Creative Grants submissions represent.”

A grant has been awarded to photographers Susan Carlonza Chanin and Rana Faure, owners of Mother Image, as well as filmmaker Poppy de Villeneuve, in partnership with the Project Buchanan agency and not-for-profit RAINN, to produce and create a short film which highlights the widespread nature of child abuse, rape and  sexual violence. Every two minutes someone is sexually assaulted in the US – through this video they hope to bring a new awareness, hope and visual identity to this important cause.