Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:11PM
Once again, we'd like to thank you for your continued patience. To reiterate from previous posts, royalties have been paid in connection with the Google Drive usage based on all consideration received by Getty Images under the licensing agreement. We understand your concerns relating to the deal and we are making progress in a productive dialogue with Google about these concerns and potential solutions. As many of you have pointed out Google is a big company, much bigger than Getty Images, and coordinating across the teams there that will help with any modifications is taking longer than we might have hoped, but things are still proceeding.
Based on your concerns, we have also been working with Microsoft over the past several months to bring resolution to the license that was set up in 2007. Over the next 60 days all imagery licensed as part of this promotional arrangement will be removed from the online version of Microsoft Office. Keep in mind though that all licenses that were granted by Microsoft prior to the removal of the content remain valid licenses under the terms of the Microsoft EULA. As previously explained, if you see instances where your content is being used without or contrary to the iStock or Microsoft license terms, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our contributors are extremely important to us. We take very seriously our obligation of representing your creative work. While every deal is not perfect out of the gate, we strive to license your content in a financially beneficial manner and believe we largely succeed in this effort across the millions of customers and transactions completed each year. We are also working hard to make your content available to new customers in new uses through investments in marketing, technology and new business models. At the same time, we are investing heavily in technology, education and industry efforts to protect your copyrighted work and license your content responsibly.
Thanks again for your time, patience and constructive feedback.
Posted By Lobo 4Feb13:
Posted By cobalt:
I think everyone is waiting for the newsletter/more detailed explanations that lobo announced would be coming today or tomorrow.
Well in order to manage your expectations I should note there may not be much more on the Google Drive situation quite yet. We do have some other news that should prove interesting for all, however.
I want everyone to understand that the Google Drive issues are still very important and there has been some progress in the discussions but we aren't going to be able to give much more information with this Newsletter. We aren't ignoring it or putting off anything in order to see how long it will take before we have fatigued the entire community on discussing it. It's important to us as well. So please temper you responses and appreciate that it isn't the only news worth reporting. We will continue to work on getting things together in the hopes of having something to share as soon as possible.
(Edited on 2013-02-14 09:25:45 by kelvinjay)
Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:13PM
Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:14PM
Thanks for the Update!
Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:16PM
Thank you for the info
Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:17PM
Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:19PM
Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:32PM
Posted By Lobo:
Based on your concerns, we have also been working with Microsoft over the past several months to bring resolution to the license that was set up in 2007. Over the next 60 days all imagery licensed as part of this promotional arrangement will be removed from the online version of Microsoft Office.
Removal is a good step. Thanks.
Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:35PM
I know this won't go, but any hints on "new business models?" (Internal business, external deals, return of the canisters )
Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:38PM
Posted By PrairieArtProject:
I know this won't go, but any hints on "new business models?" (Internal business, external deals, return of the canisters :D)
I'm horrible at hints. No one will play charades with me.
Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:43PM
Is it two words? Does it rhyme with "nick booze?" "Popped snout?"
(Edited on 2013-01-31 17:46:19 by PrairieArtProject)
Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:52PM
Not so hard Thanks! Now back to my regular complaining
(Edited on 2013-01-31 17:56:53 by jjneff)
Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:56PM
Posted By jjneff:
Not so hard :-) Thanks!
Lol, so you say. You can all thank Mr_Erin for making sure we got something together today. He has been reading and pulled what we could together so we could provide something.
Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:57PM
You carry the hammer so I expect you to get the news out of someone!
Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:57PM
Removal? I say good decision. Thanks!
Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:00PM
Posted By jjneff:
You carry the hammer so I expect you to get the news out of someone! :-)
It's nice to have something positive to share, that is for sure. Everyone give me a couple hours to shower and shave and we can get back to it.
Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:05PM
Go ahead and have some pie, you deserve one.
Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:17PM
Posted By Lobo: .... Everyone give me a couple hours to shower and shave and we can get back to it.
Yes, thank you. Soon as you get back, I'd like to hijack the thread and tell everyone about my favorite booze.
Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:24PM
Nice......Hope things keep moving in a good directions. Thanks Lobo
Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:35PM
Thank you. First good news in a long while, hope it is really the start of "new communication".
Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:04PM
Thank you for the update.