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« on: September 12, 2007, 22:01 »
The Stock Artists Alliance has released its latest white paper report, "Infringements of Stock Images and Lost Revenues," which addresses one of the stock industry's most serious challenges. Download the PDF at http://stockartistsalliance.org/PDF_Docs/SAA_Internet_Infringment.pdf.

Along with the opportunities of the new digital age, easy online access to millions of stock images has also made them extremely susceptible to theft and misuse. With just a click and a drag, anyone can move a digital file from a web site onto their desktop-without any payment to photographers or distributors.

In addition to outright piracy, there is also the increased potential for legitimately licensed images to be misused. Once downloaded, image files can be easily repurposed and redistributed to other users. File names are commonly changed and identifying metadata is stripped or altered, making these images vulnerable to misuse-and even more difficult to enforce copyrights.

SAA's research addresses how and why the stock photo industry is subject to this theft. The report also describes current industry-wide initiatives and suggests specific steps to minimize piracy of stock images, protect our copyrights, and create new revenue opportunities for photographers, archives and distributors.

SAA's report features detailed findings of a landmark SAA/PicScout study that tracked for four months the online uses of 20,000 Rights Managed images represented by market leaders Getty Images and Corbis. SAA's report also gauges the size of the problem and develops a ballpark estimate of the industry's uncollected revenues.

According to respected stock industry expert, Joe LaCugna, PhD, "SAA and PicScout are to be commended and thanked for this preliminary research into the costs of online infringements of stock images. This study offers the most specific and actionable research into this critical issue facing the stock industry today."

LaCugna reviewed the methods and findings and concluded that "SAA used a simple, straight-forward method to build a compelling case that collecting on infringing uses is a largely untapped potential revenue stream for agencies and some photographers, and that new technologies are making it much easier to track rights and convert infringers into paying customers. This is rare good news all around for players in the stock image industry. SAA also makes a strong case for even greater vigilance and better industry collaboration, and they identify best practices for photographers who want to earn as much as they can from their images."


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