Exactly Right Tom!
We have lost control of our work. We don't know where it goes, who's distributing it, or for how much. It seems like almost everything is a SUB, so no payment relative to the final use, AT ALL! That's assuming all DLs and licenses are accurately reported.
I have tried to distance myself from these places with hundreds of partners. And they still have partners? The two left are SS and IS, and they have some deals, but nothing close to FT, DT, 123, and DP?
It doesn't take long to see a post every few days. "My photos are for sale on xyz-stock
" and I wonder if they are stolen or a partner site. We let me answer... Both!
People have uploaded and now lost any control over their work. And talk about competing with yourself? Anyone who wants can make a contract and has the collection from 123RF (for example) and as long as they pay some low, low, volume price per DL, they own all our work. No reviews, little overhead, small staff, just sell and skim the cream off the top.
And that reminds me, why I have to repeat, this is a great idea for a Subject and Thread
. Trying to make sense and track some of these people.
I am just waiting for the 3rd and 4th party sales where we get basically nothing but each site skims their chunk from the sale. come to think of it, unless we knew the original sale location and price we would have no way of knowing that was what happened. ugh.