This is a brief excerpt from PetaPixel
A new controversy is brewing in the world of stock photography. Just last month, it came to light that Getty had agreed to license 5000 of its stock photos to Google while paying the creators of the images a meager one-time fee of $12. Now, one of Getty’s most successful stock photographers is claiming that his account is being terminated in the aftermath of the first hoopla.Stock photographer Sean Locke wrote on his blog today that he received a notice from Getty Images and iStockphoto (which is owned by Getty Images) that his account will be terminated within the next 30 days.
This is pretty significant news due to the fact that Locke is one of iStockphoto’s most valuable members. A member of the service since August 2004, he is one of the top 5 contributors there, has contributed more than 12,000 photographs, and has sold nearly one million licenses.
Virtually all of Locke’s income comes directly from his relationship with Getty and iStockphoto.
Locke says much of his dispute with Getty has to do with things that occurred in the aftermath of the Getty/Google Drive licensing deal
So why would Getty unceremoniously dump such a notable member of its community? …
By: Michael Zhang
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