News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 56 on 26 January 2001

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INTERNET HITS AFRICAN WILDLIFE PIX SALES

26 January 2001

Still pictures of African wildlife appear everywhere. There is a voracious interest in wildlife in the developed world and animals are used in adverts to exemplify product characteristics. This trade in images is now conducted largely digitally over the internet. The "new economy" was supposed to enable businesses to cut out "the middle man". For African wildlife photographers things turned out to be a little more complex. Russell Southwood uncovers a tale that has all the best ingredients of an internet content story: financial pressures in a falling market, monopoly providers and an oversupply of the key commodity. There are…