Image-subscription service offers complementary legal protection.
Getty Images has launched Thinkstock, a new image-subscription service developed for “value-conscious creative professionals.”
Thinkstock offers millions of royalty-free images, vectors, and illustrations from a trio of sources, including: Getty Images, iStockphoto, and Jupiterimages. The collection combines user-generated content and professionally art-directed images; the site utilizes Getty Images’ keyword algorithms, with a vocabulary of 140,000 separate terms, to ensure satisfactory image-search results. The company reports that Thinkstock will add thousands of new images each week.
Thinkstock also provides complementary legal protection as part of any image pack or subscription: For any image that is used in compliance with the licensing terms, Thinkstock will protect customers against copyright claims and will defend, and be responsible for, any damages and expenses up to $10,000 for each image downloaded.
“Thinkstock is the new industry-standard in the image subscription business,” saysJonathan Klein, co-founder and CEO of Getty Images. “Thinkstock will change both the reality and customers’ perceptions of image subscriptions. By delivering an affordable and simple offering with excellent legal protection, Thinkstock provides one of the most complete subscriptions available anywhere, with premium, professional and user-generated imagery all in one place.”
Subscription price: $249 (monthly), $2499 (yearly); both subscriptions grant customers access to the complete library of Thinkstock images (all file sizes) with downloads of 25 images per day, up to 750 images per month. Thinkstock will also offer multiple-shot image packs, with prices ranging from $59 to $999.
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