Trying to figure out if this is clever spam.
Just got an email from Getty Images that they are moving to a 100% “Royalty Free” model rather than a mix of juried Rights Managed and RF.
Your current RM license will be honored through its entirety, but once your license is up, the image will either become RF or will no longer be available on gettyimages
That’s irksome. We occasionally have to go back and relicense images for another term. I’ve already run into several instances of old Corbis images no longer being available after Getty bought the collection.
If this is true, it’s also not good for the photographers. Some photos deserve more $$$ simply because they are quality photos. Rights Managed collections were supposed to be juried as better quality (but don’t get me started on Alamy…)