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Buying Prints and Art Online...Corbis

Techstination feature for Wednesday, November 29, 2000

From photographic prints to works of art... buying online makes it easy. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bloomberg Bootcamp. It's a collection beyond compare. Corbis, a private company owned by Bill Gates now has two million digital images in its library and has made 137 thousand so far available to the public. Buying framed prints has never been easier... .

"What we've done is we've created a digital work flow, which means we don't have to carry any inventory. When a customer wants to buy a print, we clean it and ship it on demand, and frame it and matte it on demand. We're offering stuff at a very low price. Eighteen dollars to eighty nine dollars."

Derrick Chasan of Corbis. What I like about the site is the way you can search for prints by topic. Just type in the word baseball, for instance, and you can choose from more than 65 hundred pictures... .

"Whatever people are into. Whether they're into collecting old trains or into old baseball pictures or collecting pictures of Marilyn Monroe or African wildlife, it's just easy to find the images you want."

The Corbis site also sells digital images you can download for as little as three dollars. They're meant for viewing on your computer screen or for use on a Web site. The resolution isn't high enough for printing. About the digital piracy issue, Chasan says...

"To the extent that somebody wants to take it... they could take it, but it's traceable.

Using digital watermarks. The site again is Bootcamp. I'm Fred Fishkin, Bloomberg Radio.