BBC use again – how subscription works

Just happened upon this by chance. Always encouraging to see my pictures being used so prominently but the fee will not be anything to get excited about – around 15p I expect for a global News site. What happens is that image users such as the BBC, and other large publishers, negotiate a subscription deal with an image agency ( this one will be from Getty Images). For a set fee the client can use an agreed number of images over a set period off time – the more they use the lower the fee per image. Great for the client, great for the agency ( they get a lump sum ) and protect market share from other suppliers. But not so great for the photographer who created the image. Once Getty take their commission, once an intermediary agency who I supply take their commission, there is not much left. Anyway, at least they chose one of mine. No credit though.

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This is the same picture on the Getty site. You will note rather a discrepancy in terms of the advertised prices!  Screenshot 2019-06-26 at 10.53.40.png

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