Getty Images to sell photography by National Geographic on the Web

May 18, 2000|By BLOOMBERG NEWS

SEATTLE - Getty Images Inc., the largest provider of stock photographs and images to media companies, has signed an exclusive agreement to make photography from National Geographic magazine accessible through its Internet site.

Financial terms weren't disclosed.

The Seattle company will begin offering the National Geographic Image Collection, best known for photographs of travel, wildlife, adventure and scientific imagery, on its www.gettyone.com in the third quarter.

Getty, whose biggest rival is Corbis Corp., owned by Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, is trying to offer more images over the Internet to boost revenue. Initially, 2,000 National Geographic photos will be available, with the number expected to grow to 6,000 to 10,000.

The 112-year-old National Geographic Society has collected more than 10 million photos. Getty has 70 million images and 30,000 hours of film in its collection.

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