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Stocksy, a New Stock Photography Co-Operative

By Anthony Thurston on March 28th 2013

Istockphoto founder Bruce Livingstone has just launched a new artist owned stock photography company. Right off the bat what sets this stock photography co-op apart from others is the 50/50 split of the royalties, other stock photo businesses like Getty Images take an 80/20 split.

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Stocksy is a cooperative designed to respect the work of the artists and whose revolutionary system of shared ownership will allow for a sustainable career for all participants in the marketplace. On top the the 50/50 revenue split, at the end of the year 90% of all Stocksy’s profits will be distributed back to the co-op members. Another unique aspect to Stocksy is that all photographers who are accepted into the cooperative also receive equity in the company and will have a real say in how the business is run.

I think that this could be a huge deal in the stock photography market, simply based on the revenue splits and yearly profit sharing this is likely to be a major pull to stock photographers. If I were Getty Images or other stock photo websites I would look out, because Stocksy is going to be poaching your photographers.

To learn more about Stocksy you can check out their website and the launch press release.

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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