Getty Images overpaid 9,000 iStock photographers and now it's taking the money back

By Justin Kahn · 31 replies
Feb 27, 2014
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  1. Getty Images made some royalty payment errors late last year that resulted in a number of photographers being paid more than they should of, and now the company wants its money back.

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +1,223

    Where does this idea come from that businesses have bottomless bank accounts? If you overpay on one of your bills... any bill... you'll see a credit on your account for the next month and you'll get that money back. It would be unheard of for a business to keep your money if you paid too much on a bill. But if a business overpays by mistake, we expect them to just eat the loss and deal with it? And we call them greedy?

    I blame the board game Monopoly for this mentality. Remember that Community Chest card "Bank error in your favor! Collect $200" There should have been a Chance card that read, 'Bank error correction - Return $200.'
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,526

    Party pooper!
  4. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    So your saying when a company is earning more than 100 people in a year that they should get the money back that was overpaid just because its right? The company should just pay the bill instead of taking it out on the customers.

    Getty Overpaid its THEIR FAULT they should foot the bill not the photographers it should be a sign of good gesture and it puts the company more in the eyes of a better company instead of the greedy gits they are now.
  5. OliTheG

    OliTheG TS Member Posts: 61   +27

    Well, for some reason I don't think they would have done something like this WITHOUT CONSULTING A LAWYER.

    You make it out as if they are a big, evil corporation going about smashing photographers cameras. They are in every right to take back money that is rightfully theirs, such is life. Yes, it's annoying to people, but as far as I believe it is deception if you do not report overpayment for your services.

    Heck, what would happen if you all started shouting, and Getty went bust? Hm? Please remember that Getty is paying these photographers, so if they went bust, the photographers lose even more money...

    Internet sensationalism at its finest folks!
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,526

    My father used to scream at me saying, "you think the world owes you a living".

    I didn't give it much thought at the time, so I figure you'll ignore me in kind when I say it to you.

    Don't mind me though,we're from far different generations. I'm from the, "dawning of the age of the age of Aquarius", and you're from "the dawning of the age of, Presumptuous Self Entitlement".
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  7. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Ehh what? Maybe your kind of intellect is from a different world I dunno but most of what you says screams ialien to me. I cant understand what you iz sayin man.
  8. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    I hear the 2014 edition of the game includes a small printing press for the "bank", and a large stack of extra Community cards that read "You've mismanaged your business, advance to GO, collect $2K in bailout money".
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  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,526

    You can't compose or write in English either. Maybe you should start a , "my failures", list.....:p
  10. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +1,223

    Yes, it is their fault, but the only reason businesses take the loss in situations like this is to keep their customers happy and coming back. In this case though the people who received money aren't customers. If Getty is willing to deal with the consequences of taking the money back, then that's their choice, but they're still in the right to do so.
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  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,526

    I doubt the damage to Getty will amount to anywhere near what you're thinking.

    Work in photography is difficult if not close to impossible to secure.

    You pretty much need the degree, the talent, and know somebody really important on top of that.

    Besides, it really is incumbent upon an employee to notify his or her employer, if the paycheck they receive, is more than the paycheck they're entitled to.

    There is the obvious market for "celebrity candids", but then you really need to be a piece of crap, to 'elevate" yourself to the title "paparazz"I. John Q. Public, (and his missus), lap those shots up though, seemingly guilt free.
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  12. "Should of" -> "should have"
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  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,526

    Well Justin, our visiting grammar Nazi does have a point!

    "Of" is a preposition, and as such, requires an object phrase. For example, "Getty sent the over payments, "into the wind".

    Or maybe, "Getty pissed their money, up the wall"

    The prepositions , "of", and "from", get a little murky, and consequently in Spanish, they both become, "de".

    "Should", is a modal verb, and when used in conjunction with "have", completes a past conditional, compound verb.
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  14. dgoodchild

    dgoodchild TS Member

    Normally I'd be in complete agreement with these sentiments but since Getty doesn't provide invoices the individual photographer has no way to account for or verify the amounts paid. If photographers have to take it on faith that Getty's accounting is correct I feel they should be entitled to keep the overpayments since they were received in good faith.

    I also think that Getty needs to start providing photographers with detailed account statements. As a consultant myself, I would never dream of sending a client an invoice that reads "Work done = $xxxx.xx, trust me."
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,526

    I find it hard to get my head around the idea Getty actually works like this, but if you say so...........:(
  16. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    Err! Sort of mentions it in the above article. By the way is Dgoodchild a Doctor Who fan? The police telephone box seems to indicate so.
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,526

    Well, in my own defense, I don't believe everything I see on, "Access Hollywood", either. That's further compounded by the fact I can't read, because I used to work for the post office.:oops:

    In either case,how is being a, "Doctor Who"fan, germane to this issue? I'll take it easy on him, if you think that's required, or even the right thing to do...(y).

    While you're here, we also have a member who has a wheelchair as an avatar: [​IMG]

    Perhaps you could make sense of that for me as well.
  18. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    Is Access Hollywood a TV program? It sounds like one of those depressing celebrity centric bore-fests. Sorry for going off subject but I am a bit of a Dr Who fan. The Tom Baker era being my favorite.
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,526

    Why yes it is! It's either that or "Extra", which makes my decision to watch, "Jeopardy", in the competing time slot, all the more satisfying.

    It's fair to say that Tom Baker's "absent minded hippy", portrayal of the "Doctor", was likely the most people' favorite. (That said, I haven't seen any of the doctors which succeeded him).

    Brit sci-fi is OK. Arguably, more character driven than US competitors. Still, I am more easily amused by gunfire, FX, and loud explosions, ( even if they're right out front of the house), than in plumbing the depths of this year's model of, "Dr. Who's", psyche.

    Then there's this; Dr. Who is a PBS program for me. I can't stand the nagging or the guilt, that their eternal "beg-a-thons", cause in me. So, I avoid eating the dinner, if I'm not willing to tip the waiter, so to speak.;)

    In any event, I still have, (although of wretched VHS and broadcast antenna quality), 5 out of 6 seasons of, "Blake's Seven", a decades old brit-fic, that I recall as being thoroughly enjoyable.

    If fact, in one more recent sci-fi movie or TV series, one actress gives a Blake's character "Servilan"credit to, "Servilan", as a model for her appearance and demeanor. (Very nasty, with a raven black, butch, burr haircut).

    It was the remake of, "V": And the actress was Morena Baccarin. (Who also appeared in Joss Whedon's, "Firefly" as the "mystic / space hooker).

    Oh dear, now I've really veered off the topic. I guess I'll be hearing about that from my, "fan club".

    But wait, "how about that damned Getty, wanting its money back"? They should send one of their execs, to the top of The Empire State Building, with a bushel basket of 20's, to throw away, as well, a penitence for being so stupid and generous in the first place!
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  20. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    The Getty are not asking for the money back in one installment but are deducting it in installments from future income. If they do that it does appear that they may prepared to write off a proportion of the overpayment.

    Going back on subject, Blakes Seven consisted of four series each of 13 episodes. There was a rumour of a remake for Sky TV but it has not materialised. There have been a number of audio episodes which have been on the radio in the UK.

    Sorry to read that PBS is not up to standard. Luckily in the UK the BBC show programs without any adverts. Doctor Who recently showed the 50th anniversary show which was made in 3D and was full of state of the art special effects.

    I remember seeing the original version of V. I will keep an eye open for the new version on DVD.
  21. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    I wouldn't pay over the odds for it. The original mini-series/series from 1983-84 is far superior. If you're a fan of the misfits in space premise, then you may have heard of Farscape. If you haven't, it is well worth checking out (although it needs a few episodes to hook some people). A long awaited story continuation is apparently in the works.
  22. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    I have some episodes of Farscape on DVD. It is highly entertaining. Ironically it does seem to be based on Blakes Seven in so far as there is a group of persons who are fighting a fasist empire.
  23. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    It is funny that shortly after the mention of Farscape I have managed to pick up series 2 box set for only £8.
  24. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Good score. Some of the boxed sets run fairly pricey. Probably an effect of the cult status of the show (Lexx, The Invaders (1967) etc are expensive also). It seems to have infinitely more fans now than when it first aired. At least there are regular re-releases of the show- I got the blu ray collection (seasons 1-4 + The Peacekeeper Wars + the follow on comics) a couple of years back. I rewatch the series every couple of years or so- it holds up better than most SF series.
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,526

    They are, (were ?) fairly common. The original pressing of,"Farscape", was indeed, quite pricey. However, there was a second run, (DVD only, so still old), which was a tad more reasonable. These of which, I have a full series collection, plus "The Wars".

    I have most of "Lexx".

    If a show doesn't take off right away, (and most Sci-Fi doesn't), broadcast TV will kill it after a season or two...:eek:

    So, I have boxed sets of, "Dollhouse:" (An intriguing Whedon flop, starring Eliza Dushku, from "Buffy").

    "Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles". In this, Summer Glau, (another of "Whedon's wenches"), gets the opportunity to play a "Terminator", tasked with the protection of John Conner. I was hoping for a romantic entanglement between she and John. After all, isn't it every man's fantasy to have a girlfriend that could, "suck the chrome off a trailer ball"? Summer was quite an eyeful as well, plus a stage quality ballerina!

    And two bizarre pieces of, "T & A-Fi", "Birds of Prey", (ostensibly Batman's daughter), and "Cleopatra 2525", "introducing, Jennifer Sky", who I've not seen since....:oops:

    Anywho, the mug on Claudia Black, always made me think of what must be going through a male black widow spider's mind on his, "honeymoon", so to speak. "Oh wow, that was fun while it lasted, what are you doing, dear"? (slurp). In any event, Ben Browder's baby face always made me want to ask, "Claudia, who's that, your son.....argh...?

    Being the lecherous old pervert that I am, I enjoy following the careers of Sci-Fi ingenue.

    BSG's Grace Park, (6), is doing well on the serial remake of, "Hawaii Five-O"

    Amy Acker works on "Person of Interest", playing, (what else), a crazy person, and "Buffy" (Sarah Michell Gellar), has been reanimated on, "The Crazy Ones", (a half hour sitcom), with Robin Williams.

    @Railman, of course you're quite correct, there were only 4 seasons of, "Blake's Seven". What I'm actually missing is 1/2 of one season. Dunno what went wrong there, probably got a mediocre eight ball, or simply got fed up with listening to channel 12's, "Patrick Stoner", (ironically of baby boomer age), beg for money.

    GO Getty, stitch up all the places where you're hemorrhaging money.

    @dividebyzero, both of you are "PAL" standard for DVD? That would add a certain difficulty for finding older material. Although, I thought that at least part of, "Farscape", was filmed in Australia. :confused:

    (Along with, "Andromeda", starring Kevin Sorbo as, "Hercules in space").
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2014

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