John’s Blog article on Google Images Search and what the Getty Images’ complaint at the European Commission

Jim Pickerell wrote an article on whether stopping images scraping would solve photographers’ problems. He recommended that photographers do a Google search for some of their best selling images. “If those images are never shown as part of the search returns” concludes Jim, “it may be a good indication that images in the Getty collection are being blocked in Google searches.” Jim was suggesting that Google would be blocking images in retaliation to Getty Images’ complaint … Here is John Balean’s answer to this.

The business face of Big Data: do we have to care

In a business world run by “Big Data”, having little or poor data indicates an endogenous problem and if a problem is generated from within an industry, it could forecast dangers ahead.

Preserving our files, our heritage and our business

The photo industry has always been beset with life threatening challenges. From the beginnings of digitisation through to the wholesale use of social media, creators and their representatives have had to fight for a perch in a business all too easily overrun by those who simply want to make money from other peoples’ talent. Not to mention those who don’t care a jot about quality …..

S*** happens

Photo pirated? Wrong name or wrong person? Metadata striped? Copyright infringed? Personality rights infringed? No author, wrong credit, same pic used twice in advertising campaign? We collect famous and unfamous cases showing what happens when rights around picture use are not respected.