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Industry news bites – Backgrid, Mavrix, Videoblocks, Adobe, Panther, Offset, Topless Royal, Magazine news

Here are a few things …if you have news to share or spotted something you think PAN should cover send it to

• Videoblocks will be introducing 100% commission to stock photographers later this year on their marketplace platform.

• Photo agency Xposure – now Backgrid are claiming damages from celebrity Khloe Kardashian for posting one of their images on her Instagram feed – it looks like the celeb also stripped out the agency credit line before posting – court papers put the ‘usage fee’ the agency are claiming at up to $150K saying they lost significant media sales due to the image being aired on the celebrity’s social media feed. US Weekly magazine have run a report HERE as have a few other leading US celebrity websites and magazines.
PAN called BackGrid UK to find out more … Owner David Taylor took the call and told us “he would not be able to comment on the situation until a conclusion has been reached.” …more very soon then we hope.

• Also in the States – celebrity photo agency Mavrix Photographs are in court with LiveJournal over copyright infringement – great report on that situation here on The Fashion Law site

• Adobe will be allowing platform users to upload their own photos directly to Adobe Stock.

• Panthermedia in Germany are now offering Rights Managed ‘as a new licensing option’.

• Eminem is suing New Zealand’s governing body – The BBC reports  –  over the use of one of his tracks – but they say they purchased the track from a stock music library …read the full report at the BBC

• Shutterstock’s posh stock photo site Offset now boasts half a million images.

• The Oscars and the Met Gala events have a announced a ‘no selfies’ policy …which is rather good news for celebrity photo agencies!

• In the America: Celebrity news magazine National Enquirer owners America Media Inc have acquired US Weekly magazine.
‘Founded in 1977, Us Weekly has been a pop culture staple for 40 years and its audience is greater now than at any time in its history. It ranks as one of the largest magazines in the country with just over 1,950,000 paid copies per week and an online presence of more than 20 million visitors per month and more than 8 million fans and followers across social media platforms.’

• The BBC has reported this week that the Duchess of Cambridge is going for £M damages from Closer magazine in France over the 2011 publication of her topless on holiday.
Here’s how PAN covered the news back then Right or Wrong? – Kate Topless Photos – Photo Agency Owners React  and French Celeb Mag Publishes Topless Duchess of Cambridge Photos

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