Founded and funded by ex-Getty Images CFO Lawrence Gould and former Getty Images director of e-commerce, Tom Donnelly, ImagePick is a new startup which allows you to buy and own the rights to royalty free images so you can use them as much as you like for your marketing, websites, you name it. And the idea is not to provide royalty free pictures which are basically crap, as is the case normally. ImagePick has a team of editors who look at images prior to their being added to the database. It’s already got providers of royalty free images signed up, including Corbis, Jupiterimages, Blend, Rubberball and Westend61.
Apart from a “senior moment” where Mike seems to forget the vast stash of great royalty free pictures with appropriate creativecommons attribution licenses on flickr, his analysis makes sense. What strikes me most is the heritage of these guys. To quit Getty and build a business on content that is royalty-free, allowing Buy Once, Run Anywhere, with a one-time hit revenue model makes perfect sense for the growing multichannel multimedia age. Rights tracking is a nightmare, as many content holders have found to our cost.
I know quite a lot of people that consider themselves semi-pro photographers, but I never really understand their reticence to post their stuff on flickr- do you want to be discovered or not? A little trust can lead to a fair bit of business. Ask Cory Doctorow, science fiction author and free culture maven.
Perhaps ImagePick is the answer, if you can get past their quality control editors.
For my purposes I think Flickr will do just fine.