Reuters: Getty family to regain control of photo agency. “The Getty family said on Tuesday it would acquire Carlyle Group LP’s (CG.O) majority stake in Getty Images Inc, ending ten years of private equity control that contributed to the U.S. photo agency’s debt pile swelling.”
Publishers Weekly: Dropbox Expands Media, Entertainment Partnerships. “Dropbox, a popular file hosting and cloud storage service, has announced expanded relationships with such firms as Getty Images, Marvel, and Westchester Publishing as part of its commitment to expand its presence into digital collaboration and content security.”
Ars Technica: Internet rages after Google removes “view image” button, bowing to Getty. “Google’s Search Liaison, Danny Sullivan, announced the change on Twitter yesterday, saying it would ‘help connect users and useful websites.’ Later Sullivan admitted that ‘these changes came about in part due to our settlement with Getty Images this week’ and that ‘they are designed to strike a balance between serving user needs and publisher concerns, both stakeholders we value.'”
9 to 5 Google: Google Images to remove direct photo links as part of Getty licensing deal. “Back in 2016, stock photo service Getty Images sued Google, alleging that its Images search engine promoted piracy. Rather than going to trial, the two parties announced a licensing partnership today that will result in several changes to Google Images.”
PR Newswire: Getty Images acquires world leader in cycling photography TDWsport (PRESS RELEASE). “Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, today announces it has acquired TDWsport, the world’s leading cycling photography business and archive. As part of the deal, Tim de Waele – owner of TDWsport and a 27-year veteran in the industry – has joined Getty Images as a staff photographer to lead the company’s cycling coverage.”
I $1 billion claim against Getty has been dismissed after an out-of-court settlement. (And would I love to have been a fly on the wall for THAT one.) “Three weeks after a federal judge gutted photographer Carol Highsmith’s $1 billion copyright claim against Getty Images, the two sides have ended their dispute with a settlement of the remaining claims. The terms of the settlement, over minor state law claims, were not disclosed.”
A photographer is suing Getty for licensing images she donated to the Library of Congress. “Photographer Carol M. Highsmith has sued Getty Images for copyright infringement, alleging ‘gross misuse’ of 18,755 of her photographs of Americana…. She has been providing the images to the Library of Congress since 1988 for use by the general public at no charge.” They’re not public domain but more like CC-BY; see the article.