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DigiMedia Tech names Kodak licensee JK Imaging in patent suit News Opinion 

DigiMedia Tech names Kodak licensee JK Imaging in patent suit

DigiMedia Tech LLC has added Kodak brand licensee JK Imaging to its list of targets, according to LawStreetMedia. DigiMedia Tech sued JK Imaging in the Central District of California for patent infringement for camera-related zoom and focus patents. The patents-in-suit are U.S. Patent No. 6,914,635 (the ’635 patent); 6,545,706 (the ’706 patent); 7,715,476 (the ’476 patent). DigiMedia is represented by Cotman IP Law Group, APLC; and Kent & Risley... Read More
Olympus to sell camera business to Japan Industrial Partners News Opinion 

Olympus to sell camera business to Japan Industrial Partners

Camera pioneer and co-founder of the 4/3 format Olympus Corp. reached an agreement with Japan Industrial Partners Inc. (JIP) to sell its 84-year-old camera business to JIP for an undisclosed amount. Olympus’ statement said the two plan to sign a legally binding deal by Sept. 30 and close the transaction by Dec. 31, 2020. Olympus’ commitment to the digital camera... Read More
Roundup: Free alternatives to Lightroom for beginners and professionals Opinion Tips and tricks 

Roundup: Free alternatives to Lightroom for beginners and professionals

Guest post by Ann Young Don’t want to pay $9 per month for an Adobe Lightroom subscription? Then this list of alternatives to Lightroom will definitely come in handy. We’ve picked the best programs for basic image post-production, deep color correction, photo management, and batch editing. Here are 10 best alternatives to Lightroom which you can use either for free... Read More
Dead Pixels Society podcast: Preserving photo memories with Glen Meakem of Forever.com News Opinion Podcasts 

Dead Pixels Society podcast: Preserving photo memories with Glen Meakem of Forever.com

Gary Pageau of the Dead Pixels Society talks with Glen Meakem, CEO and founder, Forever.com, the permanent cloud photo storage and sharing company. A serial entrepreneur, Meakem founded FreeMarkets Inc. in 1995, which was later sold for $500 million. He also formerly headed up a venture capital fund and was a former radio host based in Pittsburgh, Pa. For the... Read More
Suite 48a announces “COVID-19 Mitigation and What’s Next Survey” report Market research News Opinion 

Suite 48a announces “COVID-19 Mitigation and What’s Next Survey” report

Leading imaging industry research company Suite 48a has published a free “COVID-19 Mitigation and What’s Next Survey” report. “It’s hard to describe the impact COVID-19 has had so far without sounding like a broken record –the one you keep hearing over and over in the news, or when talking with colleagues, customers or industry partners,” says Hans Hartman, Suite 48a.... Read More
More industry notes from worldwide pandemic News Opinion 

More industry notes from worldwide pandemic

As the global COVID-19 pandemic spreads, the impact on the photo/imaging industry has been unprecedented. Mass layoffs of retail staffs are commonplace, seasonal workers and photographers are dismissed and store hours have been limited or eliminated entirely. Still, the photo industry is resilient and we’ve been hearing promising stories from around the world. Certainly, this once-in-a-lifetime economic disaster is going... Read More
Supreme Court rules states can’t be sued for copyright violations News Opinion 

Supreme Court rules states can’t be sued for copyright violations

The U.S. Supreme Court declared states cannot be sued for copyright infringement because they have “sovereign immunity,” a blow to photographers who seek to protect their rights. The opinion came down as part of a review of an earlier Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decision in the case of Allen v Cooper. The case began in 2013, when... Read More
Editorial: The photo/imaging industry responds to COVID-19 News Opinion 

Editorial: The photo/imaging industry responds to COVID-19

The 24-hour, non-stop coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic is inescapable. While we here at the Dead Pixels Society try to be apolitical and to focus on business-related issues and topics, it’s clear the pandemic is going to have wide-ranging effects and ramifications for the global industry. The mass cancelations and postponements of important photo and printing industry events, like photokina... Read More
Shutterfly trims 160 jobs, will transfer some to Minnesota News Opinion 

Shutterfly trims 160 jobs, will transfer some to Minnesota

Newly privately held photo personalization giant Shutterfly Inc. is already trimming the ranks, according to media reports. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the company is laying off more than 150 employees from its Redwood City headquarters, according to a California Employment Development Department filing. According to the report, 66 employees will lose their jobs and 87 workers will see their... Read More
How to conquer niche markets with personalization News Opinion Sponsored post 

How to conquer niche markets with personalization

With the advent of marketing and product personalization, many businesses are wondering about how to conquer niche markets that have usurped the mass market. Consumers now expect their online shopping experience to be customized from beginning to end. The photography market has always lead the way in this regard, as every printed photo is a unique personalized document. Photo printing... Read More
Timing is everything: Wag struggles as CEO leaves News Opinion 

Timing is everything: Wag struggles as CEO leaves

Business Insider reports Wag Labs Inc., the dog-walking startup that was the previous job for new Shutterfly CEO Hilary Schneider, has had SoftBank’s Vision Fund giving up its nearly 50% stake in Wag!, following Schneider’s departure, at value far less than the $665 million valuation. Vision Fund invested $300 million in Wag last year. Bloomberg reported in October the company... Read More
Nikon is cutting authorized repair shops News Opinion 

Nikon is cutting authorized repair shops

In a report on iFixit, Nikon Corp.  is ending its relationship with 15 Authorized Repair Station members by not renewing their agreements after March 31, 2020. In a November letter obtained by iFixit, Nikon stated: “The climate in which we do business has evolved, and Nikon Inc. must do the same.” Authorized service will be provided at its Melville, NY... Read More
Carl Icahn publishes letter blasting HP for “recalcitrance” in rejected Xerox offer Acquisitions News Opinion 

Carl Icahn publishes letter blasting HP for “recalcitrance” in rejected Xerox offer

Activist investor Carl Icahn posted an open letter to HP shareholders today, criticizing the HP Inc. board for rejecting Xerox Corp.‘s merger overtures. Icahn, who respectively owns about 10.85% of Xerox and 4.24% of HP, stated HP is going down the path forged by former foe Eastman Kodak Co., which is often criticized for wasting resources on a series of failed... Read More
Small world: Shutterfly CEO has connection to former Shutterfly CEO News Opinion People on the Move 

Small world: Shutterfly CEO has connection to former Shutterfly CEO

Newly private photo personalization leader Shutterfly Inc. named a new CEO last week, a move that surprised many industry watchers. Ryan O’Hara had only come on board in June, 2019, succeeding in an orderly manner the departing Christopher North. North’s departure was announced in February, and the company had three months of transition to O’Hara, during which the company announced... Read More
Xerox fires back to HP after rebuff of takeover offer Acquisitions News Opinion 

Xerox fires back to HP after rebuff of takeover offer

In what portends to the beginning of a contentious courtship, Xerox Holdings Corp. management responded harshly to the rejection of its proposal to acquire rival HP Inc. Xerox vice chairman and CEO John Visentin advised HP board members Enrique Lores and Chip Bergh, if a “friendly” merger agreement could not be reached quickly, Xerox would take it’s case directly to... Read More
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