Getty Images has teamed up with PicScout to search and destroy.. Ah, no maybe not that dramatic, to "investigate internet use of its entire collection of approximately 450,000 Rights Managed images." the StockArtistsAlliance reports.
The SAA (Stock Artists Alliance), a global trade association
dedicated to the interests of Rights Managed stock photographers, have suspected that infringment cases were high on the internet for quite some time now. In December 2004 they launched a study which confirmed the extent of unauthorized usage going on. See more in the Getty Press Release: "Over the course of the year, Getty Images will periodically provide PicScout with additional Rights Managed images as we supplement our collection. PicScout will provide Getty Images periodic match reports showing all uses they have found on websites, which Getty Images will then process to determine which are unauthorized/unlicensed uses."
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