A good number of companies came racing to the aid of photographers in the wale of the Digital Railroad trainwreck. Like purveyors of private ambulance services, many touted the line “let us help save you”. One company that has surfaced is LicenseStream. The company seems to be in a beta roll out, and offers a unique license management system that includes an Adobe partnership and incorporates the PLUS license packs.
Photographer Lori Carey also has done a really nice write-up on her weblog about her experience publishing content on LicenseStream. I followed one link on an image at her website, through to LicenseStream, acting just they way a regular image buyer would naturally operate. I proceeded to attempt to license the image for home page use on a small regional corporate web site, with non-exclusive use. I found the pricing calculator clunky compared to those featured on many other agency sites and web portals. The resulting use fee was simply absurd.
SEE the exact output from the LicenseStream pricing guide:
Usage Internal Company Use | Website | Web Page (All Web Page Types) | All Electronic Distribution Formats Placement Single Placement on Home Page Size Up To 300 x 600 Pixels Image | Any Size Screen Version Single Version Print Run Any Quantity Duration Up To 5 Years Region(s) North America | One Metropolitan Area (Adjoining Cities) Industry(ies) Any Industries Language(s) English Exclusivity Non-Exclusive
The Non-Exclusive license will start on 11/1/2008 and run for Up To 5 Years in the Any Industries industry in the North America | One Metropolitan Area (Adjoining Cities) region(s).
Suggested Usage Fee:
Yeah, that’ll turn buyers on. (NOT!)
I should mention, I did sign up for an account with LicenseStream in the wake of the DRR fiasco, but I have yet to upload any images.
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