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« on: April 10, 2011, 12:51 »
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I don't know if this has been discussed before:

http://bit.ly/fpWvos

I do not want my photos to be used for free. What do you think?

Elisabeth


« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2011, 12:56 »
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First I have heard about it. I tried looking in the FT forum but can't find anything there either.

« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2011, 13:04 »
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Don't know how Andy Goetze found this www.fotolianews.com, but it seems to be true?

« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2011, 13:13 »
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Awesome!  Everyone says blog sizes are what sells best these days, so what an amazing move to just give the content away!

Maybe it's a leftover April Fool thing.

« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2011, 14:33 »
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What do you think?

I think Fotolia is a joke. The sooner they go out of business the better. I left there in January and I can't say I miss them.

« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2011, 14:39 »
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I found some hugely amusing quotes in fotolianews (pointed to by Andy's blog) From 8 reasons for Fotolia Microstock:

"7. Supports The Arts
The world would only be shades of gray without the Arts. By paying for images, youre helping photographers and illustrators earn a living. We need them."

I'm not sure if that makes me feel like photographers are the equivalent of those starving kids in famine relief ads or if the irony of multiple commission reductions and royalty level increases is lost on FT's PR department.

And then there's the lovely revisionist history in How it Works

"Fotolia is the first worldwide social marketplace for royalty free stock images, allowing individuals and professionals to legally buy and share stock images and illustrations."

I'm guessing that FT is drawing a distinction with IS on the basis of "worldwide" because FT was the first to internationalize their web site, but IS was selling worldwide before FT was even though they only localized their site after FT showed they could gain market share that way. And I know SS was pretty early with doing translated versions of their site, but I don't remember if they followed FT or beat them to it.

I think it'd be a good idea for some FT contributors to inquire of them if the contributor is compensated for these promotional freebies - fine if FT wants to foot the bill, but is there anything in the contract that allows them to just give away images from the paid section?

And the march of anti-contributor cash grabs marches on. I didn't see anything in FT's blog or press release section. Have they told contributors about this "opportunity"?

« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2011, 14:56 »
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I presume they still pay us?  I'm not against it as long as we get paid.  Other sites have given away some free images and paid contributors, so as long as we are being paid, I don't see a problem.

PaulieWalnuts

  • On the Wrong Side of the Business
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2011, 16:13 »
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Wow, the thought entered my mind about becoming non-exclusive from Istock and then I see stuff like this.

« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2011, 19:13 »
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Is this official? I wonder what are the conditions, they really don't explain anything about this deal there.

« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2011, 19:45 »
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No explanations, no emails, nothing on teir forum, just a tiny thing on the news page....  Irritating.

« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2011, 20:31 »
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No explanations, no emails, nothing on teir forum, just a tiny thing on the news page....  Irritating.

This sort of thing is why I dropped Fotolia.  People were asking questions - about their weird commission structure, their shadowy 'partner' network, about what exactly a 'credit' was worth - and just not getting any sensible answers.  I decided they were a shady operation.

 

« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2011, 20:56 »
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Wow, the thought entered my mind about becoming non-exclusive from Istock and then I see stuff like this.

If you have any thoughts at all about doing that, and any notion of contributing to Fotolia, then you need to be quiet about them in public or they will ban you (as they did me, albeit after I left to become an iStock exclusive; they just threatened me with closing my account beforehand).

 I think I was seen as a troublemaker for coordinating efforts to hold off uploading after their initial lowball offer when they started subscriptions (with no opt out).

« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2011, 00:07 »
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No explanations, no emails, nothing on teir forum, just a tiny thing on the news page....  Irritating.

This sort of thing is why I dropped Fotolia.  People were asking questions - about their weird commission structure, their shadowy 'partner' network, about what exactly a 'credit' was worth - and just not getting any sensible answers.  I decided they were a shady operation.

 
Exactely the same here; they are sneaky, shady and arrogant and in many ways worse than iStock.

« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2011, 01:33 »
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All I want to know is, do they pay us for this?  Does anyone know?

« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2011, 04:07 »
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More here:

"Amazing free photo subscription offer for Bloggers", newbielink:http://bit.ly/gpSYmS. [nonactive]

« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2011, 04:19 »
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I have sent a message to support about this.  I would presume they are paying us, as it really would be a mess if they were giving away our images for free.

fotorob

  • I am a professional stock photographer

« Reply #16 on: April 11, 2011, 05:42 »
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« Reply #17 on: April 11, 2011, 06:02 »
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I thought that's how it would work.  Funny how people jump to the wrong conclusion.  I don't like a lot of things fotolia have done, especially cutting commissions but this looks OK.

« Reply #18 on: April 11, 2011, 06:04 »
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They said that marketing campaigns costs were one of the reasons for commissions cut.
Now - if I understand it right - our commissions had to be cut so that Fotolia is able to pay us for images that are given for free to bloggers.  ;)

« Reply #19 on: April 11, 2011, 06:19 »
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Thanks for asking and clarifying, Rob  :-*

« Reply #20 on: April 11, 2011, 10:23 »
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It's better than the VOX deal on IS. Bloggers had free use of IS images without no payment to the contributors. Just a click through link to the purchase page. I just hope that this one is monitored better. VOX started making blogs private after it was discovered that bloggers were using IS images in posts titled "Girls I F****D this week"

« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2011, 12:00 »
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It's better than the VOX deal on IS. Bloggers had free use of IS images without no payment to the contributors. Just a click through link to the purchase page. I just hope that this one is monitored better. VOX started making blogs private after it was discovered that bloggers were using IS images in posts titled "Girls I F****D this week"

Classy.

IIRC, that Vox deal had an opt-out, either under Partner Programs or Promotional Use. That's when I opted out of both.

« Reply #22 on: April 11, 2011, 18:01 »
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I thought that's how it would work.  Funny how people jump to the wrong conclusion.  I don't like a lot of things fotolia have done, especially cutting commissions but this looks OK.

It is good that they pay us, but this isn't a good deal unless there is more to it. First, a link back to FT. Second, this should be a one-month trial only, something of that sort, in order to attract a new customers. Third, have this in personal blogs only.

I also expect that they make it very clear that the images are for the blog only. Not that this prevents anything, but it is important to set the rules. XS images are great for many purposes. All images I used in a website at work were XS, and I even downsize them.


 

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