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  Fotolia has just launched the Tax Center. As we've already seen for Shutterstock, Fotolia is announcing that "Selling creative content licenses is an economic activity and, as a Fotolia contributor, income derived from these sales in the US may be subject to U.S. IRS (Internal Revenue Service) withholding tax". Using the Shutterstock experience, I can say that for most of us it will be necessary to fill the W-8 BEN form online: submitting to Fotolia as an individual and resident in a country that has a tax treaty, it’s easy to submit Form W-8 BEN online without Tax ID (ITIN). Here the list of the countries that have a tax treaty with the US. I suggest to wait for some more information about the new tax center; meanwhile I prepared a couple of printscreen to explain how to fill the module: Part I, Part II and III. Data are referred to Italy with Treaty Article 12(... (more)

Fotolia 2010 Pricing and Royalty Structure

Fotolia has published the price structure for the next year. They are going to cut royalties but to increase prices with the result that “a majority of contributing artists will continue to see increases in the total dollar amounts earned as we are raising prices”. Royalties for videos and subscriptions plans will remain unchanged from 2009 pricing. Here I post the last Fotolia newsletter (with some good performance data) and then I’m going to compare the present structure with the new one. Dear Fotolia Contributor, 2009 has been an amazing year for all of us – through aggressive... (more)

iStockphoto si presenta in Italia

Comunicato Stampa BERLINO, Germania, Agosto 2009 — iStockphoto.com, l’agenzia leader mondiale per la vendita di immagini royalty free annuncia importanti novità sul fronte del mercato italiano: un nuovo servizio dedicato ai clienti italiani a cui ci si potrà rivolgere telefonicamente dal lunedì al venerdì dalle 10 alle 18 (02 47957797) e l’assunzione negli uffici europei di Berlino di Giorgio Fochesato (già uno dei fotografi italiani più famosi di iStock) in qualità di Manager di iStockphoto Italia: “Quello che penso del mercato italiano è che là fuori ci sono moltissimi web des... (more)

Fotolia’s Top-Selling Contributors

What are the most popular microstock clichés? Let’s discover them through Fotolia. We can visit the Fotolia’s “from this month Best Sellers” page (here a screenshot) Fotolia’s Bestsellers page or we can browse round the Top Selling contributors portfolios to know them and to see what are their most popular works. A special thanks to Amos Struck for his Microstock Photo Plugin for Wordpress that let me buy and insert, in a few clicks, all the Fotolia’s pictures of this post, directly with caption, referral links, title, alternate text. Multi-ethnic pile of hands © Yuri Arcurs #527... (more)

Lookstat new stock photo backoffice service

Lookstat is a web service that automatically lets you track your online sales by image at multiple sites. We’ve already written about its Analytics functions in a previous post. They’ve just launched a new home page to focus on the new stock photo backoffice services. The features and services they have been developing are summarized by the slogan: You Create the Images – We Do the Rest We’re committed to reducing friction and making life better for photographers and our goal with our Back Office services is to allow photographers to focus on doing what they do best, which is crea... (more)