Updates since the last news post:

Fotolia added 10k of legal coverage to images downloaded from their site, full details of that in their license terms; they also announced they now have 10 million images. Fotolia also made a small change to the prices of images which that have not sold in the past 12 months. The vast majority of fotolia contributors, those photographers with less than 25000 images i.e. 'Emerald level' and below will be unaffected. Those photographers above Emerald level and above will find the priced of their unsold images reduced (if not already set to $1) to fotolias 'best prices' i.e. $1 XS to $10 for XXL. Prices remain at 'best price' until the image has sold 5 times.

Canstockphoto announced they had reached 3 million images and videos.

Pixmac welcomed Simon Raybould as Director of sales and marketing for North America. Simon has previously worked with Getty Images in London, and more recently at Corbis and Veer in Canada. Pixmac also launched at virtual map of sales by geographic location of the buyer - more fun than I useful tool I think (?) but worth a look.

Shutterstock made a press release about their success in social marketing. I'm not about to start counting twitter and facebook followers at each agency just yet, but it does pose the question-- just how much of shutterstocks continuing success is due to their successes social media marketing?

iStock photographer and image inspector Rob Sylvan officially launched his book Taking Stock, "Make money in microstock creating photos that sell". Available (as they so often say) from all good book sellers.

Dreamstime had a nice front-page makeover, now offering 9 million images.

Mostphotos added a subscription option to their site, prices start at $99 per month for 10 web resolution downloads per day.

image and video syndication service isyndica announced they would close on 10th October 2010, The only alternative for the moment being lookstat backoffice, but prostockmaster / pixamba have announced a plans for a similar service to be launched in a few weeks. Also have a look at picniche toolbar or ftp uploads.

zoonar announced that they have added alamy as a distribution partner.

Polylooks announced it would close at the end of the year.

Tyler Olson - MicrostockGroup's picture

Nice monthly summary, thanks.

Tyler Olson - MicrostockGroup (not verified) on Wed, 2010-10-06 09:12
Nice monthly summary, thanks. But where is the mention about the iStock royalty changes? I guess you have the other blog post but...
Steve Gibson's picture

good point

Steve Gibson on Thu, 2010-10-07 04:52

true, I have a separate post at http://microstockinsider.com/news/changes-istockphoto-royalty-structure

probably should have linked to that.

I also re-read this post realised that my comment about isyndica sounds quite emotionless.... it's a real pain in the ass! and it was with sadness I read that they were closing. probably should do a decent comparison of alternatives when things settle down. I know a couple of people have things on the boil, and i suspect that people left similar projects on the back-burner because isyndica represented a perfectly good solution so why create something different - now they're gone there is a big opening in the rainforest canopy and lots of light falling in...

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