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For one day only iStock is paying 100% royalties toartists

May 08 , 2014 by: Daniela Bowker Corporate, News

The terms and conditions under which photographers sell their images via stock agencies are frequently criticised and as a consequence the money that they can make from sales is often lamented. For one day only, however, iStock by Getty Images is trying to make photographers feel better about the deal and their contribution to the stock business. As part of its celebration of Small Business Week in the US, it has declared 14 May 2014 to be ‘100% Royalty Day’.

100% Royalty Day means that:

  • 100% of sales on all exclusive/only available from iStock content sold through cash and credit file downloads will go directly to iStock by Getty Images artists
  • double royalties will be paid to artists whose exclusive content is sold via iStock by Getty’s new subscription scheme

However, it’s not quite the gold-plated celebration of small businesses that it appears to be at first blush. That pesky word ‘exclusive’ makes all the difference. If you’re not afraid of a little stock agency promiscuity then you won’t be eligible for any extra pennies accrued. And of course, it’s not exactly easy to encourage people to select your content for download on 14 May; they’ll download it
at their convenience. Still, if you are an exclusive iStock by Getty contributor, it’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

Feature image: Amesy/ iStock by Getty Images

About Daniela

This post was written by Daniela Bowker, who has written 1383 articles for Photocritic

Daniela has written three books on photography, contributed to several others, and acted as the editorial consultant on many more.

Her newest book, Social Photography, is currently available as a digital download as well as in bookshops in the UK and US.

You might also want to check out her exploration of other-worldly photographic creations, Surreal Photography: Creating the Impossible, and Photo School Fundamentals, for which she contributed the section on composition.

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