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« on: August 04, 2011, 15:54 »
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http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=332782&page=1

From kkthompson:
I'm excited to share that starting in September, I'll be taking the next step in my journey--but I'm not going too far. I will be moving to New York to take on a new role as Senior Vice President, Product Development for Getty Images. I will be relocating to Manhattan to lead a talented team of Product Managers at iStock and Getty Images to help drive the on-going evolution of the packaging and positioning of iStockphoto.com, Thinkstock.com, Photos.com and Clipart.com.
« Last Edit: August 04, 2011, 15:57 by sjlocke »


ShadySue

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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2011, 16:00 »
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Oh, you beat me by six minutes!
For us, however, the interesting,exciting/or scary bit is probably the as-ever ambiguous:
"Jonathan Klein wisely told us some time ago that as we hit the 5 million images mark, there would be many great images that simply would not be seen--and it's especially true as we near 10 million. We're looking at ways to resurface those images to get them selling again--even if it means moving them between sites. I'll be looking for your support as we roll out these exciting new options."
« Last Edit: August 04, 2011, 16:03 by ShadySue »

« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2011, 16:04 »
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As long as they are "options" for us, and not "options" for the customer.  I'd hate to find I'm being forced to put stuff where I don't want it.  I get sales from old images without them being put on the buffet.

ShadySue

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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2011, 16:19 »
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I'd hate to find I'm being forced to put stuff where I don't want it. 
That's what I took it as meaning. :-(

« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2011, 16:29 »
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As long as they are "options" for us, and not "options" for the customer.  I'd hate to find I'm being forced to put stuff where I don't want it.  I get sales from old images without them being put on the buffet.

Given that Getty photographers didn't get a choice, I'm not sure I see a long term future in iStock photographers having one.

Now I'm independent again, I'll probably tolerate them moving my content around as long as they don't screw us too badly on the royalties. If they move anything of mine to clipart.com I'm deactivating it! That site is an insult and the mention of it in the e-mail made me shudder.

I don't have a single warm thought about KKT, and I've never heard of this person who is taking his place. Now IS is just one more pin on a map to some Getty suit. Not seeing much good for contributors in that. OTOH, if they can get the sales volume back up (there were a few bright spots in the July stats thread, but not many) I don't have to like them. At this point it's just business.

« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2011, 16:30 »
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The numbers are just amazing!

I really wish Kelly all the best. He can now focus completely on product development and doesnt have to worry about how to charm the crowd...:-) I wouldnt be surprised if the rest of the announcement means that istock will provide even more content for Getty, not just V/A.

This is the first really exciting piece of news in a long time.  

I do hope we will at least maintain control over our istock portfolio. I am fully enrolled in the partner program and they can move my files around the way they like, especially those that havent sold, but please let me develop my webshop for my customers with what they need. Even if it is a boring, very generic, not superedgy artistic file. Ill find a buyer for it...

« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2011, 16:32 »
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aarrrhhhhh, they've put him higher up the tree to screw us over more, I wish they'd just shown him the door.

I notice that they didn't put a part in the table where it showed % royalties over time.

« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2011, 16:34 »
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Bye Bye KK. I don't miss you. And please, before you go, bring back my royalties.

lagereek

« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2011, 16:36 »
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Fools to the left,  jokers to the right,  here I am stuck in the middle with..............................................

traveler1116

« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2011, 16:36 »
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Clipart.com, you can buy up to 13,000 images during the year for $160?  That's like 1 cent an image what percentage would we get?

« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2011, 16:37 »
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anybody from 2004 or before can talk about the progression of the royalties payed to contributors? this not an attack or sarcasm or other, just want to know about it, looked around and havent found much.. thanks guys

rubyroo

« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2011, 16:41 »
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I am very concerned that images may be moved around without consultation.

« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2011, 16:51 »
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Adieu, Kelly. Though sounds like you'll still have plenty of say in the future of IS.

« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2011, 16:55 »
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Clipart.com, you can buy up to 13,000 images during the year for $160?  That's like 1 cent an image what percentage would we get?

Just about any percentage of 1 cent - even 100% - is too small :)

« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2011, 17:00 »
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Wow, he got a promotion. I wonder if he gets a nice fat salary increase too. It looks like the assimilation is complete. He's 100% Borg company suit now. I think I'll got take a shower. I feel dirty after reading that.

« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2011, 17:07 »
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Fools to the left,  jokers to the right,  here I am stuck in the middle with..............................................

Absolutely fabulous!

« Reply #16 on: August 04, 2011, 17:08 »
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Adieu, Kelly. Though sounds like you'll still have plenty of say in the future of IS.

Yeah. That's the bad news...  :-\

rubyroo

« Reply #17 on: August 04, 2011, 17:10 »
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Do you think this is a prelude to forcing the reluctants to put part of their port on Thinkstock.  

(Similar to the way governments work, as in "We tried voluntary compliance, and it hasn't worked, so now we must legislate").

« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2011, 17:27 »
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Do you think this is a prelude to forcing the reluctants to put part of their port on Thinkstock.  

(Similar to the way governments work, as in "We tried voluntary compliance, and it hasn't worked, so now we must legislate").

IMO it's only a matter of time.

« Reply #19 on: August 04, 2011, 17:29 »
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Do you think this is a prelude to forcing the reluctants to put part of their port on Thinkstock.  

(Similar to the way governments work, as in "We tried voluntary compliance, and it hasn't worked, so now we must legislate").

IMO it's only a matter of time.

Indeed. Resistance is futile.

« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2011, 17:31 »
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I'll just leave this here...


« Reply #21 on: August 04, 2011, 17:31 »
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"You - our contributors, inspectors, staff and customers - turned iStock into one of the most amazing success stories of all time."

In the list he puts the contributors first. Seems like an incredibly considerate chap.  ;D

Noodles

« Reply #22 on: August 04, 2011, 17:33 »
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aarrrhhhhh, they've put him higher up the tree to screw us over more, I wish they'd just shown him the door.

I notice that they didn't put a part in the table where it showed % royalties over time.

On the shop floor they have a saying 'F__k up and move up'   There is a ring of truth about this saying.

lisafx

« Reply #23 on: August 04, 2011, 17:39 »
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Well, lets give the guy credit.  He got through a whole announcement without saying anything boneheaded ;D

Looks like we can look forward to quite a bit of juggling of images between collections and sites. 

rubyroo

« Reply #24 on: August 04, 2011, 17:42 »
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Interesting use of "look forward to"    ;)


 

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