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Alamy.com / Re: Changes to your contributor contract
« on: October 15, 2018, 09:05 »
There are several bits changed to more readable English. The "high volume low unit price licences. " looks new. What if you're selling Rights Managed? Would imagine they can't sell RM images, or editorial as bulk, not as easily anyway?
I can assure you, they can, and do. I had 4 of these in August.

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We should get at least 50% royalty from our creations' sales.  Don't you agree?  Some companies pay ridiculously low rate ripping off us creators.
You can choose to sell only at these agencies which give us 50%, but you have your own reason/s for choosing not to do so. There's your answer.

Clue: I've chosen to submit only to Alamy for the past 2.5 years, but I'm still earning more via iS on my existing port. You presumably find that unacceptable. We each have our own line of what we'll put up with.

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I think everyone's number will be similar. Most are somewhere between .60 -.70.

You'll get a better variance with RPI.

Do I want more variance for some reason? Not sure if you are saying, this would show the quality of my work, which is quite variable, as are the types and subjects, or what RPI means to the group as a whole? If you mean to compare, for example, your RPI to mine, yes, I'd say that would be interesting. I'd bet yours is better.  :)
RPI on its own is totally meaningless ROI is what really matters ;-).

RPI/year makes more sense.

The only measure which is useful is profit/loss per image or batch, but that's far more difficult to work out accurately and is over the lifetime of the file.

Just knowing return is pretty meaningless as we don't know how much was spent on it.
I suspect we often don't want to know, even for files where no 'extra' expenses have been made so it's just time and share of/depreciation of hardware.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Property release for a plane??
« on: October 13, 2018, 19:17 »
Just submitted a batch of videos of a crop duster over a cotton field. Nothing special. No logos on the plane. Pretty straight forward. Got the videos back for revision with a request for a property release. Now... Can't really understand if these clowns want a property release for the crop duster or the cotton field. Dear lord... Is there no limit to the incompetence of iStock reviewers???

Went through your clip frame by frame and I could see no markings or other logos or what have you.

Conclusion ~ resubmit if you can

And yes iSuck are incompetent clowns :D

HOWEVER!

You said you submitted a batch and other clips showing this crop duster you can clearly see the aircraft registration number  4X-AFC which will get the clip rejected.

https://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-1017459817-crop-duster-spraying-chemicals-over-cotton-field

Unlike Uncle Pete, my observation (from the outside) is that SS tends to be more lax about IP than iS, sometimes seriously lax.

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Are you using a paid account? Is it possible that the auto-payment didn't go through (e.g. if you had to change your card since last year)? They don't tell you about this, you only find out when you get that account closed message.
yes  and today they charged me $30
the account is still closed

Happened to me, and my site went up after a day or two without me having to connect them. If yours isn't up by Monday, you'd need to see what they say.
I don't actually like that system of having it on an auto-pay which isn't a DD or SO, but at the time I joined, I couldn't find an alternative.

Good luck getting it sorted.

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By the way, although it's an assumption, ONE probably means someone is exclusive but not necessarily. Someone could choose to only upload to one place.
Indeed: I currently choose only to upload to Alamy.

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The last communication I have from FAA in my mailbox is about some sale
Couple of weeks since then I wanted to submit a new work and got the following message

This account is closed.   If you would like to re-enable it, please contact our technical support department by filling out the form

The support is not answering for about a week.
If there other people having the same problem?
Was FAA or me personally hacked?
Are you using a paid account? Is it possible that the auto-payment didn't go through (e.g. if you had to change your card since last year)? They don't tell you about this, you only find out when you get that account closed message.

If it's not that, no idea, sorry.

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Sorry, that's a 'how long is a piece of string' question. It depends a lot on your skills and port, but also a bit on luck in being well placed in algorithms (though that's where spreading your assets mitigates the risk).

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And still the doors are wide open for inexperienced amateur tripe to flood the place, and they have the audacity to whine in the forums asking why their 20 images havent sold
Is 20 images "flooding the place"?
If they ask for advice when they only have 20 images, and if they take the advice, they could go on to do well. We all had to start somewhere. (That's a general observation, not specific to SS)

Of course, we all did BUT my problem is with SS suddenly lowering the bar. Its like letting peo0le enter university that didnt pass their exams. And add all those small ports together and we have millions of images.  A few years ago they had standards and it took me about 3 or 4 attempts to get n with my best images.
Seems like many damaging things iS do, SS want to copy. And to some extent, vice versa.

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And still the doors are wide open for inexperienced amateur tripe to flood the place, and they have the audacity to whine in the forums asking why their 20 images havent sold
Is 20 images "flooding the place"?
If they ask for advice when they only have 20 images, and if they take the advice, they could go on to do well. We all had to start somewhere. (That's a general observation, not specific to SS)

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Isn't it that they bought an exclusive right on the image (local or worldwide) and now you can't see the images because they are not on sale anymore (maybe for a limited period of time)?
No.
For example, I'm exclusive which means my editorials and plussed images are on direct sale on Getty, as well as on iS. All other files are not visible within my port there, but are findable, e.g. via Google Images with that tacky, untrue message. These are still on sale on iStock, they are RF, and so will the OP's be. (And also the OP's and other indies' pics will mostly be elsewhere as Paws said.)

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Thank you, Jo Ann for your answer. Interesting is that most of my Premium Access video downloads bring me pennies... Go figure!
Absolutely, but I think these big PA sales probably include some sort/s of extended licence. I haven't had any sort of EL via iS for years, and I used to 'punch above my weight' in ELs. Also I haven't read of any ELs on iS's forum for a long time.

It just beggars belief that they are still using that senseless and untrue message Restricted asset and I am not able to buy it due to country, company and/or publication restrictions which makes the content look dodgy, and them, ditto, by extension. You can arrive on a file via a Google Image Search and get that message, with no suggestion to go to the file's iS page for purchase or even "join premium access to purchase this and gazillions more images".

Ho-hum , same old Getty.  ::)

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Backgrounds
« on: October 02, 2018, 13:03 »
You can only submit things that you TOTALLY own the copyright to. Somebody else made the background, not you. So you cant submit to stock. Ink & Elm might think and say its ok to use, but the stock sites have the copyright rule.
So, are Ink&Elm misusing the files?

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: New conspiracy theory! Hooray!
« on: October 01, 2018, 16:16 »
I think there are six or even fewer exclusives reporting most months. Some exclusives report and also report their Alamy RM sales: this pushes their sales to iS-indie (just because of the way the poll is set up). I report my iS sales, but not my Alamy RM sales, for that reason.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: August Numbers
« on: September 30, 2018, 04:43 »
It's funny I sold the same picture twice. It was 0.01+0.01 cents.
Two people saw it in the bizarre Connect pay per view scheme.
Was does that mean :o? I'm kind of new

Enviado desde mi ALP-L29 mediante Tapatalk
These tiny payments are pay per view, which Getty calls Connect.
That's kind of weird. So they view the photo and then what?
That's why I wrote "bizarre", and I don't know where the money comes from.
https://contributors.gettyimages.com/article.aspx?article_id=2533
(and Google Getty Connect)

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: August Numbers
« on: September 29, 2018, 18:38 »
It's funny I sold the same picture twice. It was 0.01+0.01 cents.
Two people saw it in the bizarre Connect pay per view scheme.
Was does that mean :o? I'm kind of new

Enviado desde mi ALP-L29 mediante Tapatalk
These tiny payments are pay per view, which Getty calls Connect.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: August Numbers
« on: September 29, 2018, 16:00 »
It's funny I sold the same picture twice. It was 0.01+0.01 cents.
Two people saw it in the bizarre Connect pay per view scheme.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Minimum Payment Commission Increase
« on: September 28, 2018, 04:31 »
The only thing missing is really editorial use only submission possibility.

Please Adobe add this future. I am sure a lot of photographers are waiting for this. Millions of photos available on other agencies missing in Adobe ;).

Mirco
Why so keen to sell for so very little on Adobe when you can (and I know that you do) sell editorials for more on e.g. Alamy, and all micros have done is take editorial sales away from, and force prices down on, there? If the buyers want pics which are not on the micros, they might consider paying a fair price elsewhere.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Getty - 500px partnership
« on: September 26, 2018, 16:12 »
Just received an answer from 500px :

'The images that are submitted to Getty Images have some AI (Artificial Intelligence) keywords applied to them, in an attempt to improve the overall discoverability of the collection. At this time we don't have an easy way to modify the keywords once they're submitted, but we're working on a solution for this with Getty Images.'

'Our experts have ensured that the generated keywords get your photos in front of as many potential Buyers as possible.'
Mwahahaha
Those who don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: sales
« on: September 26, 2018, 12:18 »
When they said, they needed time to calculate the total sales of each month....(years ago), it was supposed to have the total amount in based of all the calculations (stock sales)...now we have the total amount of august...but not the calculations (stock sales)!!!
The stats came in on Monday, if you haven't got yours, you'll need to take out a support ticket.

Your questions about how we can trust them isn't invalid, but it applies to all of the sites, who could be pulling the wool over our eyes.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Getty - 500px partnership
« on: September 26, 2018, 10:19 »
Hi,
I'm new here but I read you since many years now.

I have a few hundreds of images selected by Getty from my 500px portfolio (they sent me an email with the link to my portfolio at Getty).
Unfortunately, on Getty my images have no descriptions and the keywords (that are both in the metadatas and in 500px) have been replaced by terrible keywords : only very generic keywords, no places, countries or city names. I have a close up of an eye that does not have the keyword 'eye'.
It seems to be the same for all images from their "500px collection". I even found a horse keyworded "goat".


I contacted 500px 2 weeks ago about this but I have no answer....

AI or English as a second language, offshore keywording?  ;)


They did it before (or was that captions?) and they were just ridiculous. Poor pollyannas ignoring Getty's tech record opted in and then couldn't change back for at least six months. That was generally believed to be outsourced to ESL workers, but I it might have well have been AI.


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Adobe Stock / Re: Minimum Payment Commission Increase
« on: September 25, 2018, 16:03 »
wonder if Shutter will jump in with a fat pay raise now  8)
They held prices down when their only serious rival at the time, iS, was trying to raise theirs.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: August Numbers
« on: September 24, 2018, 16:44 »
Hmm. As usual the colour codings for Canada, the US, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina are almost identical. As are colours for the UK, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland  and Italy. The only one that seems absolutely unambiguous is "other".... no, I tell a lie, Qatar has it's own special green. So what sold where remains a mystery.
If you hover over the colour segment, you get that info in a popup.
For some reason, this month I have a lot of German sales!

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: August Numbers
« on: September 24, 2018, 16:03 »
In now, FWIW.

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