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« on: October 25, 2013, 08:55 »
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Dear Media Content Creators,

I would like to introduce you to Clipcentric, where we develop and license a platform for the production of local video advertising.  Our tools allow local media publishers, e.g. newspapers, TV stations, and publishers targeting local markets to quickly produce high production value video advertisements.  We strive to enable small businesses (who have traditionally been locked out from the effectiveness of video advertising due to fears of cost and complexity) to benefit from one of the most effective advertising formats.

We have full time production teams in the field producing content targeted to local business categories, but we seek to augment this content with contributor supplied video clips, photos, graphics and music tracks.

We compensate contributors directly from our software licensing revenue, rather than by taking a cut.  In this way, the cost of media is not a barrier to our customers using what they need to produce compelling advertisements.

We have a lot of experience building ad technology solutions for local advertisers and publishers, having previously built the leading rich media platform for local markets with over 75% of the nations newspapers as clients a technology that served over a billion ads per day.

I invite you to explore our model, and to consider signing up as a contributor.  More information is available at http://clipcentric.com/contributor-1.1

Product homepage:  http://clipcentric.com
Contributor Portal:  http://clipcentric.com/contributor-1.1
Contributor Guide:  http://clipcentric.com/contributor-1.1/guide/contributorIntro.bhtml

Thank you for your consideration.


« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2013, 09:10 »
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Could you give us a rough idea of how much we would make on average if a video clip or image was used?

« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2013, 09:14 »
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To avoid confusion following a short answer, here's a link to the royalty schedule:
http://clipcentric.com/contributor-1.1/guide/royalties.bhtml

Ron

« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2013, 09:25 »
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    You upload a photograph
    Our end-user selects your photograph, and it appears for 5 seconds in his/her video project
    When the video project "goes live", you earn $0.50/sec * 5 sec = $2.50
    Same end-user builds a second, related video project, and uses the same photo again for 5 seconds. When this video project "goes live", you earn another $2.50

How many photos are used on monthly bases? Is it worth while to upload my 900 images?

« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2013, 09:32 »
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Ron: We are in our beta with a major newspaper company right now... getting out the bugs and adding requested features.  I anticipate our launch to be towards the end of this year, although from my experience, things can always slip.  I therefore cannot predict how much content will be used each month.  I can predict, however, that ramp up takes a while, so patience will be required and royalties will start slow.  I'll also refer to our track record, which produced very high volume.  The good news is that we have a very experienced team and a laser focus on building market share with a disruptive technology.  I hope you'll place your confidence in us.

Ron

« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2013, 09:59 »
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Thanks for the answer. I am not expecting a lot of sales, but somehow I find this interesting.

When can we start submitting and when do you think our images will go live for the buyers?

« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2013, 10:11 »
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Sounds interesting but I
just read through requirements for video.
No Photojpeg codec?
I think that might put off several videographers (me too) because not everybody has the footage in h.264 and reencoding a whole portfolio is not an option.

« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2013, 10:21 »
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I just uploaded one clip with the Photojpeg codec.  If that isn't acceptable, I wont bother uploading video clips.  Not sure about the amount we make for video clips, a buyer would have to use a HD clip several times for me to make the same I make with the other sites I use.

« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2013, 10:31 »
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Photojpeg is accepted.  Wasn't at first, but we quickly came on board.  I'll have that section of the guide updated.  Thanks!

« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2013, 10:37 »
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Ron: We are currently accepting submissions.  Content will go live towards the end of this year when we launch.  Some content may be used by our beta partner, which would of course trigger royalty payment, but volume will be *slow* for months, and then start to ramp up with our sales.  Thanks for your interest!

« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2013, 10:51 »
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The upload procedure need some work.  If you want a lot of content, you'll need to set up FTP and make the process the least time consuming possible.  Automatically read the title and keywords, it takes too long to copy and past all of them.  Some sites let us just upload and the rest is automated or we just have one or two clicks and hundreds of images will go to review.  That's the way to get us to upload all our portfolios.

« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2013, 10:59 »
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Sharpshoot:  Thanks for the feedback.  We do accept content with embedded metadata, but this is currently read during curating.  I will push for this to be read during upload, as you suggest.  I agree this is critical and confusing to the contributor as it is.  I'll also mandate that ftp is implemented.  We've discussed this quite a bit, but it seemed sites were moving away from it.  Your comments are just what we need.

Ron

« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2013, 11:01 »
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Sharpshoot:  Thanks for the feedback.  We do accept content with embedded metadata, but this is currently read during curating.  I will push for this to be read during upload, as you suggest.  I agree this is critical and confusing to the contributor as it is.  I'll also mandate that ftp is implemented.  We've discussed this quite a bit, but it seemed sites were moving away from it.  Your comments are just what we need.

Let me know when those changes are implemented and I will start uploading. Do we need to pass a test? If so, I will go for that now. So that I can start uploading when the changes are done with meta data and FTP

« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2013, 11:20 »
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I will.  Also, if anyone else has been turned off by lack of ftp, I encourage you to sign up so we can notify everyone once the change is implemented.  Thanks.

Ron

« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2013, 11:42 »
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(d) We may, from time to time, upload, copy or otherwise transfer some or all of the Content for use on other websites or other online file sharing marketplaces owned or maintained by us, which will be deemed to be part of the Site for purposes of this Agreement. By the delivering the Content to us, you authorize us to upload the Content to the Site.

Which sites are those, before I agree?

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(f) After reviewing the Content and the other materials that you submit to us, you agree that we may, in our sole discretion, make modifications to the Content to enhance or otherwise improve the quality and/or the marketability of the Content. While the primary intent of such modifications will be to modify technical aspects or features associated with the Content to improve the viewing or other consumption experience of the Content by third parties, you agree that Clipcentric shall be permitted to make any incidental substantive modifications to the Content to the extent Clipcentric deems necessary in connection with such technical modifications.

What changes should I think off? Will you photoshop images or ... ?


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(b) You hereby grant to us, during the term of this Agreement, a nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, transferable license to use, reproduce, publish, exhibit, perform, publicly display, distribute, broadcast, transmit, create derivative works of, and license (with rights of further sublicense) the Content in any manner and medium now existing or hereinafter created, for the following purposes: to (i) use, reproduce, publish, exhibit, perform, publicly display, distribute, broadcast, transmit, create derivative works of, and sublicense use of the Content uploaded to the Site, in promotional print, digital, and online materials and promotional products that promote the Content and/or our services and the services of our affiliates in any and all formats or media (including without limitation online) that exist and are hereafter devised; (ii) rate, comment upon, and evaluate Content, (iii) add or amend keywords, titles, descriptions and metadata to Content to enhance the User search experience on the Site, and (iv) digitally watermark the Content in both a visible and invisible manner. You further acknowledge and agree that we and the Users may add tags and keywords to the Content, and add comments to the Content, including without limitation, in accordance with the corresponding EULA.

Thats awefully similar to Facebook. What does that mean?

Furthermore, about taxes, do you adhere to tax treaties with other countries? Can we fill out a W-8 BEN form?

« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2013, 11:48 »
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Just glanced through the contract and it looked like the only way I could terminate the agreement was if Clipcentric breached the terms.  I'd be interested in giving this a bit of a try but if they can change the terms of the contract or dump me with 30 days notice, I would like the same.

« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2013, 12:06 »
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Ron:
Regarding other sites "owned or maintained" by us: currently there are none, but we plan on distributing an app for our service, which would apply.  Additionally, we may require different branding for different market segments.. eg publishers, DIY small business, etc.

Regarding changes: Typically more applicable for video, we may color correct, trim, stabilize, or whatever the editors feel is required for a clip to be the best it can be and work the best for our clients.  Some content is very applicable, and we do not want to reject it based on something easily fixed by our team.

Regarding your grant to us:  We are pretty much covering all basis as to how the content may be used in order to minimize risks to us and our client... including media that has not been invented or explicitly listed.  Obviously, our clients need to feel secure that their projects comply.

Regarding taxes:  We do comply.  Please refer to http://clipcentric.com/contributor-1.1/guide/taxes.bhtml for details.

« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2013, 12:10 »
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CrackerClips:  We cannot force new terms on you, per section 9: "In the event that you object to the proposed amended agreement within such thirty (30) day period, then the proposed amended agreement will not apply to you."

Ron

« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2013, 12:15 »
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Ron:
Regarding other sites "owned or maintained" by us: currently there are none, but we plan on distributing an app for our service, which would apply.  Additionally, we may require different branding for different market segments.. eg publishers, DIY small business, etc.

Regarding changes: Typically more applicable for video, we may color correct, trim, stabilize, or whatever the editors feel is required for a clip to be the best it can be and work the best for our clients.  Some content is very applicable, and we do not want to reject it based on something easily fixed by our team.

Regarding your grant to us:  We are pretty much covering all basis as to how the content may be used in order to minimize risks to us and our client... including media that has not been invented or explicitly listed.  Obviously, our clients need to feel secure that their projects comply.

Regarding taxes:  We do comply.  Please refer to http://clipcentric.com/contributor-1.1/guide/taxes.bhtml for details.
Its too loose on the sites, and too vague, you can distribute it to a 1000 distributors if you want. As for the grants,  I dont like that at all, its way too free for you to do whatever you want.

I am not signing that contract. Sorry. Its giving you way too much control over my intellectual property. I will wait to see how this develops.

« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2013, 12:22 »
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Ron: I believe we cannot.  Only "sites" owned or maintained by us... in effect, us.  In any case, I definitely appreciate the feedback.

« Reply #20 on: October 25, 2013, 12:24 »
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CrackerClips:  We cannot force new terms on you, per section 9: "In the event that you object to the proposed amended agreement within such thirty (30) day period, then the proposed amended agreement will not apply to you."

Hi pjmat - Yes, I read that but what does that really mean?  What's the process for disagreeing with contract changes?  A little vague.

I would much rather have all our work removed after giving a 30 day notice at any time and for any reason.  That keeps both parties from trying to overstep.  If Clipcentric can terminate at any time with 30 days notice it seems reasonable that the contributor should be able to as well.

Ron

« Reply #21 on: October 25, 2013, 12:25 »
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Maintained can mean anything. But I see you are not contesting my other worry, so I guess I was right about that then  ;)

« Reply #22 on: October 25, 2013, 12:32 »
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To be honest,  I am not qualified to contest it atm.  I took part in those legal meetings, and I know the bullet points of what we required., but ss for the final drafting, it appeared to meet our business needs and to offer the protection we desired.  If there are terms that are simply not accepted in the industry, this was not the intent... in fact the opposite.  This, as well as the other constructive feedback is appreciated!  We will obviously not have a successful contributor program if all players do not feel like we are working together.

« Reply #23 on: October 26, 2013, 11:28 »
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Workflow is weird. You should split upload from submitting/editing. I tried with few files and I going to pass until FTP is in place.

cascoly

  • Photography, travel & online games at cascoly.com

« Reply #24 on: October 26, 2013, 14:39 »
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I tested a few images uploaded -- the ftp is needed asap

the upl keeps the file name as the title -- that's good in that we can sync with our archives more easily (something few agencies do), but whay require desc & tags when you read metadata later? -- make these optional

for now, I just entered 'x' for desc & tags - what happens when you process metadata? are these overwritten or appended? 


 

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