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I am a little confused. When this was first discussed, I was under the impression that we would be deactivating our entire portfolios. I understand the reasons not to close our accounts entirely, but I'm not sure that deleting a percentage of our portfolios will carry the same message. I am, therefore, on the fence. I have 6600+ images, but am not as willing to sacrifice a percentage as I am to throw in the towel as a mass exodus. The message will likely not be acknowledged by Getty, but will likely ring throughout the industry sending a message of solidarity and intolerance of disrespect for our intellectual property.
Looks like we can easily get up to 10.000 images deleted on 2. feb.That is a message!
Quote from: JPSDK on January 14, 2013, 14:08Looks like we can easily get up to 10.000 images deleted on 2. feb.That is a message!Sorry but 10.000 will not be a message. It will be 0.1% of the total library. And it will be 1 day worth of uploading.Not that I have much hope anyways that things will change. But I think to make a point the minimum you'd need is a 100k.
I see D-Day as the starting line, not the finish line. Sort of like hostage negotiation. If you kill off all your hostages at once, there's no reason for anyone to negotiate with you. Kill off a significant portion - enough to let them know you're serious, then wait to see if they negotiate. If not, kill some more. Eventually, they will blink, or else huge portions of their content, and yes, entire portfolios, are gone. Those of us who want out of this have to be prepared to delete our entire ports, absolutely. How that is accomplished is up for debate.
If it could be clear cut and I could have all my images removed from Thinkstock and get all my earnings, I'd do it in one go but unfortunately it's not like that.
...That's what I don't understand about the Getty/Google Drive 'deal'. As I said before, if the deal is bad for us then, being as Getty keeps 80% of the sale price, it must be just as bad or worse for them. With the information we have now it doesn't make sense unless Getty derives some huge benefit in terms of advertising or data. Of course Google's data is it's main asset so maybe they are sharing some of it with Getty?
If users were worried about it not being safe to use Google Drive images commercially, it would effectively remove their commercial value to Google and thus in the end Getty. So if users don't like this then Getty and Google don't have more future deals.
Has anyone thought of setting up a tumblr site to catalog some of the best deactivated files? That would give everyone a decent visual representation of what's going on, and could be really powerful.
The problem I have is that I mentally can't come up with a realistic response they could give that would make me feel optimistic things would change.
you're not only affecting yourselves by 'notifying' the design community, you're affecting all of us. sure, go out into the world and libel a company in a rant. an organized community-driven, well-led business plan is one thing.....the way some of you are approaching this is absurd. that you will simply run out into the street and shout out your anger so haphazardly is as much a red flag to me as Getty's greed and lack of concern for contributors.
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