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« Reply #575 on: January 14, 2013, 10:14 »
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"iStockphoto wants to be your exclusive online, royalty-free, stock media agent. We don't want you to eat and we will beat you daily. Every day more iStockers take the plunge into the Getty sewer never to return"

Posted this below the real statement  but figured it would have a very short life on the iStock forum.


« Reply #576 on: January 14, 2013, 10:16 »
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I am afraid Feb 2nd is quite late. [...]

Personally, I think a coordinated effort sends more of a message.  You are of course free to do what pleases you.  :)

IMHO a sudden attack sends a more powerful message. Surprise and fear are very powerful weapons. 2 weeks gives them plenty time to come up with some mischievous plan. They should have no time, they should act under pressure. They always drop bombs on us without any warning.

Right.  You've made your feelings and plans abundantly clear Snufkin.  Good for you.

« Reply #577 on: January 14, 2013, 10:17 »
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I didn't know until now that it is possible to reactivate images on iS again. So it's not difficult choice for me. I'll wait two or three days for new batch of spin doctors' fairytales and if nothing significant happens - then I'll deactivate images.

I didn't know that either.  I think I'll be deactivating my port very very soon.  Perhaps tomorrow I create a script to automatically deactivate my port so I don't have to do it manually one image at a time.

When I wanted to reactivate a file I was told I couldn't because files that had been deactivated more than 18 months ago had to be resubmitted. So they can adjust the rules as they wish.

Microbius

« Reply #578 on: January 14, 2013, 10:20 »
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What's the bet our lawyer friend is drafting up a 90 day notice clause as we speak?

« Reply #579 on: January 14, 2013, 10:29 »
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Posted By Somogyvari:

http://blog.getresponse.com/1000-free-istock-images-in-getresponse.html


And the "welcome" text is exactly the same as Google Docs!!! Look:


After a few weeks of hard work, we are soooo excited to introduce the new GetResponse Image Gallery, where youll find 1000+ email-ready, high-quality pics and graphics, organized into 23 popular categories for easy access right from your Multimedia account. And theyre completely free, courtesy of our new partnership with online image leader iStock.

« Reply #580 on: January 14, 2013, 10:39 »
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Can someone give me a link to the Feb 2 event re istock - sorry - haven't logged in for awhile and am not up to date - seems like something is happening in response to this latest crap re google etc.   

also question - how do i cancel my exclusive with istock and what are the consequences for doing so?

i read the istock forums on occasion and contributors have been very unhappy for a long time now (year plus) so i'm rethinking what to do - i do know the company that took over istock, the carlyle group, is a private equity firm whose motto is "buy it, flip it" they're not interested in the company - just their worth.  so if there is some collected response from contributors directed to istock in response to their opportunistic behavior toward their food crop i might like to join up.  best regards

« Reply #581 on: January 14, 2013, 10:40 »
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Posted By Somogyvari:

http://blog.getresponse.com/1000-free-istock-images-in-getresponse.html


And the "welcome" text is exactly the same as Google Docs!!! Look:


After a few weeks of hard work, we are soooo excited to introduce the new GetResponse Image Gallery, where youll find 1000+ email-ready, high-quality pics and graphics, organized into 23 popular categories for easy access right from your Multimedia account. And theyre completely free, courtesy of our new partnership with online image leader iStock.


this is just unbelievable, who knows how many more "deals' like this. I will not wait for any longer then, starting to deactivate my port now. leave images on istock is now asking for trouble.

« Reply #582 on: January 14, 2013, 10:43 »
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Will the site crash if we all deactivate on the same day :)  Not sure I can resist for that long.

« Reply #583 on: January 14, 2013, 10:54 »
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Do you think it's useful to send a message on the Istock facebook wall??
https://www.facebook.com/istock?ref=ts&fref=ts
« Last Edit: January 14, 2013, 10:56 by Smithore »

« Reply #584 on: January 14, 2013, 10:59 »
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Give it a go..... not sure if its going to stay up for long.

« Reply #585 on: January 14, 2013, 11:02 »
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As i'm not good in English, maybe just paste and copy the original istock forum link discussion ??
Facebook is a powerful media.

« Reply #586 on: January 14, 2013, 11:06 »
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« Last Edit: January 21, 2013, 14:11 by Sadstock »

« Reply #587 on: January 14, 2013, 11:21 »
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The owners of other agencies should really think about working out some sweet incentives to lure Istock royalty to their sites.  Could you imagine what it would be worth to them to get Lise or Sean?   If I was Jon or Serban I would offer them a sweet signing bonus and a personal assistant to help get their portfolios online. 

« Reply #588 on: January 14, 2013, 11:24 »
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Maybe worth contact google senior management?  Imagine the might be sensitive to potential controversy regarding their behavior.  Maybe/maybe not, but worth a shot.

http://investor.google.com/corporate/message.html
http://www.google.com/about/company/facts/management/

directors@google.com


Email sent:
Are the directors aware of the outrage expressed in these threads?

http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=350439&page=1

http://www.microstockgroup.com/istockphoto-com/google-giving-photos-away-free-for-commercial-use-and-istock-agrees/


Have you read the comments on the Google Drive Blog Dec. 6?

http://googledrive.blogspot.ca/2012/12/5000-new-stock-images-in-google-drive.html


As a photo contributor, this deal represents a dark day for anyone concerned about copyright protection.

« Reply #589 on: January 14, 2013, 11:30 »
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Maybe worth contact google senior management?  Imagine the might be sensitive to potential controversy regarding their behavior.  Maybe/maybe not, but worth a shot.

http://investor.google.com/corporate/message.html
http://www.google.com/about/company/facts/management/

directors@google.com


Email sent:
Are the directors aware of the outrage expressed in these threads?

http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=350439&page=1

http://www.microstockgroup.com/istockphoto-com/google-giving-photos-away-free-for-commercial-use-and-istock-agrees/


Have you read the comments on the Google Drive Blog Dec. 6?

http://googledrive.blogspot.ca/2012/12/5000-new-stock-images-in-google-drive.html


As a photo contributor, this deal represents a dark day for anyone concerned about copyright protection.


Great!!!

« Reply #590 on: January 14, 2013, 11:48 »
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I can't believe they haven't even responded. I've deleted all my pending files and this may be my next upload, what it lacks in image quality it more than makes up for in it's conceptual appeal  ::)

aspp

« Reply #591 on: January 14, 2013, 11:58 »
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I can't believe they haven't even responded.

They responded last Friday.

« Reply #592 on: January 14, 2013, 12:57 »
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What's up with this kind of talk?  I am positively stunned at the sentiments expressed in this post.  He's actually suggesting that not having your IP stolen and redistributed should now be offered as an "exclusive perk".   ::)  ::)  ::)  Hopefully this is not a widespread view at this point.

http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=350491&messageid=6820125

Posted By cbarnesphotography:
1) iStock makes the case that they want contributors to be exclusive with them because it gives them unique content. That makes sense. On deals like this (and even the microsoft deal) - use only images from non-exclusives. There are some very talented non-exclusives and since their images are scattered across various sites, it's the price that they have to pay for being a part of iStock.

(snip)

This deal already happened so there is not much more that can be done. I am making a suggestion for future deals. I am suggesting that no exclusive images be a part of any deal like this in the future unless agreed to on a case-by-case basis with individual exclusive contributors.

As an added benefit - such deals would be great ways to financially reward top exclusive contributors while further bringing their interests and the company's interests into better alignment.
« Last Edit: January 14, 2013, 13:24 by lisafx »

« Reply #593 on: January 14, 2013, 13:02 »
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The last time I made comments here about this same iStock contributor, leaf removed several critical posts, including mine. I have no higher opinion of him as a result of his latest verbal barf

ShadySue

« Reply #594 on: January 14, 2013, 13:02 »
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Is this guy a complete moron? 
Oh, funny, I just SMd you on that very topic.
Yes, either a total eejit or a troll.

aspp

« Reply #595 on: January 14, 2013, 13:04 »
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Lobo will start a fresh new thread in which someone from Getty will post about what a fantastic thing this is really. Several people and the troll will cheer enthusiastic responses.

Well I was almost right.

« Reply #596 on: January 14, 2013, 13:12 »
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Ah, thanks guys.  I wasn't familiar with this person.  So then these posts are in keeping with his usual level of discussion then.  Someone said they wished IS forums had an ignore button and I enthusiastically agree :)

aspp

« Reply #597 on: January 14, 2013, 13:14 »
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Might be worth editing your post now that the issue is settled. Leaf doesn't like us referencing individuals specifically.

:)

heart heart unicorn etc

« Reply #598 on: January 14, 2013, 13:22 »
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Might be worth editing your post now that the issue is settled. Leaf doesn't like us referencing individuals specifically.

:)

heart heart unicorn etc

Done.

aspp

« Reply #599 on: January 14, 2013, 13:33 »
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.. rainbow


 

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