Getty Images Acquires Scoopt With Vision of Making Citizen Photojournalism More Accessible to the Mainstream Media

Amateur Photographers Who Find Themselves in the Right Place at the Right

Time Will Soon Have Exposure to a Worldwide Audience

Mar 12, 2007, 01:00 ET from Getty Images, Inc.

    SEATTLE, March 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Getty Images, Inc. (NYSE:  
 GYI) today announced its acquisition of Scoopt, an emerging source for
 user- generated editorial content. Scoopt is an aggregator and distributor
 of photographs and videos captured by eyewitnesses who have an accidental
 front row seat to headline-making moments.
     In the coming months, news, sport and entertainment imagery from Scoopt
 that meets Getty Images' stringent editorial quality standards will be
 released exclusively at, where it will
 benefit from worldwide visibility and promotional support. Additionally,
 Getty Images will invest in technology upgrades and other enhancements to
 Scoopt in order to make the site more accessible to customers, and to
 better position it for future growth.
     "New technology has made it easier to capture and distribute imagery,
 leading to citizen photojournalism that is increasingly relevant to the
 news cycle," said Jonathan Klein, co-founder and CEO of Getty Images.
 "While this genre will never replace the award-winning photojournalism for
 which we're known, it's a highly complementary offering that enables us to
 meet the evolving imagery needs of a broad customer base."
     Since the founding of Scoopt in 2005, the site has supplied the media
 with arresting imagery from major world events, including:
     -- The tragic Manhattan plane crash that killed New York Yankees pitcher
        Cory Lidle and his flight instructor in October 2006; digital images
        captured by a bystander were emailed to Scoopt and appeared on the
        front page of The Times of London
     -- Fierce January 2006 storms in the U.K., which brought devastation and
        disruption to large parts of the country
     "User-generated content is serving a valuable role in today's
 communication landscape; safeguards to validate its authenticity are
 critical," said Hugh Pinney, director of Editorial Photography at Getty
 Images. "By implementing rigorous quality standards, we can deliver
 powerful imagery captured from a unique perspective while ensuring
 journalistic integrity."
     Citizen photographers who submit imagery to Scoopt retain copyright
 while granting the agency a 12-month exclusive license that authorizes
 re-license to one or more publishers. Contributors will benefit from
 increased visibility and an extensive network of media contacts, earning a
 significant percentage of the value for each license issued. Both Getty
 Images and Scoopt encourage contributors to be respectful and follow a code
 of ethics for image capture. Submission guidelines and additional details
 about Scoopt's growing photographer community can be found at
     Getty Images plans to fully integrate Scoopt into its organization,
 harnessing the team's knowledge of user-generated editorial content. "We're
 very much looking forward to taking our business to the next level by
 collaborating with the world's leading imagery provider," said Kyle MacRae,
 founder of Scoopt. "This acquisition will exponentially expand our customer
 base and establish a strong foundation for long-term growth."
     The Scoopt team will continue to operate out of the site's base in
 Glasgow, Scotland, servicing customers under the leadership of Getty
 Images' Hugh Pinney. Existing relationships with Scoopt partners and
 affiliates will remain in place until further notice.
     About Getty Images, Inc.
     Getty Images is the world's leading creator and distributor of visual
 content and the first place creative professionals turn to discover,
 purchase and manage imagery. The company's award-winning photographers and
 imagery help customers create inspiring work which appears every day in the
 world's most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns,
 films, television programs, books and Web sites. Headquartered in Seattle,
 WA and serving customers in more than 100 countries, Getty Images believes
 in the power of imagery to drive positive change, educate, inform, and
 entertain. Visit Getty Images at
     For more information, press only:
     Deb Trevino, Getty Images, 206-925-6474,
     Elise Chisholm, Edelman, 206-268-2270,

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