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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Exclusive vs Not
« on: June 15, 2018, 15:41 »
Frankly I have myself considered that rather then having a spread of images all over the place and considering the way SS and Adobe are acting etc to delete all ports ( not the RM ports) and throw it all into IS. :)
Yebbut you've been swithering for a couple of years at least, so you're clearly not fully convinced.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Exclusive vs Not
« on: June 15, 2018, 01:40 »
Be aware that not all exclusives are doing well (I'm earning between 1/3 and 1/4 of my previous earnings, but as that also applies to rpd, I haven't submitted anything for almost two years) . Some are, those with very high shooting expenses. However, I don't know how vector/ raster artists are doing, and the different media have tended to differ in terms of returns.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: YTD counter working on ESP??
« on: June 14, 2018, 13:06 »
I remember someone on here claiming they'd said that, but I couldn't find a link and I don't remember reading it anywhere official.
That might have been me ;-). Circular discussion!
;D  I think they said they'd give us 'better' tools, and IIRC there may have been one or two additions since pulling us into ESP, but nothing very interesting  (to me).

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: YTD counter working on ESP??
« on: June 14, 2018, 11:59 »
I remember someone on here claiming they'd said that, but I couldn't find a link and I don't remember reading it anywhere official.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: YTD counter working on ESP??
« on: June 13, 2018, 12:43 »
They can, but they choose not to, in the grounds that they can't know what a sub sale has earned until the sub period has expired. I'm averaging a lot more on sub sales now than I was when they were 'fixed price', so we need to be careful what we wish for.

Of course, they could still tell us which files sold in real time, without the $$, but they choose not to.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: YTD counter working on ESP??
« on: June 13, 2018, 00:32 »
Doesn't DM rely on info from iS?
So if iS info is 'stuck', so will DM be?

(My stats have been stuck from the 6th, not the 1st - and somehow I got one increment recorded o/n, which is one since the 6th.)

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Picture of the year
« on: June 11, 2018, 19:03 »
Priceless - thanks for the post.
While looking for it, I found this article, which shows the pics several of the other leaders posted of the same grouping:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/11/merkel-macron-g7-photos-social-media-trump
Bwahahaha "Take the photo Angela Merkel released of the G7 leaders meeting this past weekend. It has been compared online to a Renaissance painting, which begs the question whether anybody on Twitter has actually seen any Renaissance art. It more recalls a stock photo with the file name AGMtenseboardroom.jpg."

Actually, I aggree with the initial statements about this photo looking like a classical painting. So many details, so many expressions, such a powerful body language!
It did put me in mind, a bit, of The Night Watch.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: YTD counter working on ESP??
« on: June 11, 2018, 18:38 »
Eventually it was officially revealed that it's not working.
I read about someone else who can't get onto the forum, despite help from support.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Picture of the year
« on: June 11, 2018, 16:01 »
Priceless - thanks for the post.
While looking for it, I found this article, which shows the pics several of the other leaders posted of the same grouping:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/11/merkel-macron-g7-photos-social-media-trump
Bwahahaha "Take the photo Angela Merkel released of the G7 leaders meeting this past weekend. It has been compared online to a Renaissance painting, which begs the question whether anybody on Twitter has actually seen any Renaissance art. It more recalls a stock photo with the file name AGMtenseboardroom.jpg."

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Alamy.com / Re: Login doesn't work on mac
« on: June 11, 2018, 12:46 »
I'm still 'in', but hadn't logged out or been logged out.
Win/FF

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Alamy.com / Re: Login doesn't work on mac
« on: June 11, 2018, 11:09 »
There's a thread about it over on their forum. I was in this morning and am away from my computer. Peter so don't know about now.

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One thing to be aware of is that iS for one change their end use licence terms from time to time without announcing it (at least, without announcing it to sellers on their forum or via email). I have no idea whether others do the same. So in the event of a legal case, you might have a problem establishing which licence was in use at the time.

One obvious example: it used to the that the end user licence said that the use of an image had not to imply that the model was endorsing a cause or product - that clause has gone completely (and was widely ignored even when the clause was extant). I'm pretty sure many end-users don't even read the licence terms. For example, the clause, "if you are using content for editorial purposes, you must include the following credit adjacent to the content or in visual production credits: "iStock.com/Artist's Member Name." is still in the agreement, but ever since they started editorial, it has been very seldom used in practice. More usually they just credit iS or Getty, sometimes no credit at all.

"Judge agrees"
... ay, there's the rub. You can never guess how the judge will determine on such a subjective matter. S/he has to be the 'man on the Clapham omnibus' (or whatever the equivalent is in other countries). 'Defamatory' is particularly subjective. For example years ago an iS model posing as a teacher (I hope they weren't really a teacher) was used in an apparently satirical (but IMO missed the mark) item in The Onion to illustrate a teacher with paedophilic tendencies towards a little girl in his class (there was also a photo of a little girl, apparently not from iS). Lots of people thought that image was defamatory - or even illegal; but there was the counter argument that the article was clearly satirical. One previously very active iS and msg forum member argued that iS should not take it up as The Onion was at the time a big iS buyer and they might stop buying which would be bad for all of us. (Actually, in that case, IIRC, iS did require them to take down the image from the article).

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Editorial/newsworthy
« on: June 10, 2018, 04:39 »
Hello, I uploaded 3 images to iStock about a week ago. They came back today as rejected. They wrote that these images are news and not editorial and need to be uploaded on Getty Images news desk. I am not a Getty contributor. I only ever signed up with iStock. Can an iStock contributor upload at Getty Images news desk?
Allegedly yes, but anyone who has reported anywhere I'm on didn't get accepted. Doesn't mean others do and don't report, and doesn't mean you wouldn't.

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In most cases the ofenders would loose in a court if sued, at least if sold through Getty where all model releases uploaded by contributors are very clear about that " use the Content in any Media for any purpose (except pornographic or defamatory)......
Except that 'pornographic' and 'defamatory' are very subjective terms and some instances I've seen which I would consider 'defamatory' have not been considered as such by others, e.g. a model being used to illustrate an article about escorts, without 'posed by model' or similar. I would imagine that the agencies are pretty reluctant to sue for fear of scaring other buyers.


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Certainly are contributors, top contributors, who earn thousands of usd per month, but it's easy to spot them: they are well promoted, they have account with 20K, 40K, sometimes 80K footage, professional cameras, actors, huge investments in their portfolio etc.
So far more important is profit, not earnings.
Earnings in the $800-1000 range is next-to-nothing if you have, say, $600 or more pm in expenses.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: How can the SS database grow so fast?
« on: June 08, 2018, 12:37 »
ShadySue, I always hear about this cannabis man but have never seen his portfolio. Whats his username?
thanks!

Do what I did.
Search in msg on 'cannabis' in the 'Shutterstock' forum.
You're welcome!

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Shutterstock.com / Re: How can the SS database grow so fast?
« on: June 07, 2018, 18:13 »

HOWEVER, I don't think you have to worry about it. Shutterstock can play the same game - and they'll look and (eventually) say 'hmm, who has a portfolio of 260,000 photos of almost nearly identical content'? And then all they have to do is push 1 button, "delete", and his entire portfolio is gone.
Most companies have a low tolerance for what they perceive as spam, and it's just a matter of time until shutter stock does something about that. Even though he 'only' spent 2-3 hours (maybe actually 10-20 hours) - he will be quite upset when his account is deleted, and/or most of the images gone somewhere down the road...

You mistake SS for a company which gives a d*mn. Cannabis Man is still up from at least 2015, and now has 46,684 images on SS, though I see that more recently he's moved into guns and one or two other themes. Wonder if he's drawing the outlines himself? (Of course he is!)

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Sell the Rights
« on: June 06, 2018, 12:31 »
Hi
A friend of mine wants to buy the rights to one of my photos.  I am on several stock sites but the one he wants to buy is not on any of the sites, but the photo is similar.  For example, if I have several images of Cabo San Lucas, and the one he wants is of the same place, same location, but not exact, am I violating any agreements with the agencies (assuming most contracts are the same).

Any suggestions,
Thanks,
Trish

I don't think so in general.
Make sure that your friend signs off on knowing that there are similars/sisters still for sale - maybe even write it into the contract. Friends can sometimes become litigants.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: So How was your May?
« on: June 06, 2018, 12:29 »
welche is the FT? :/
which one is FT?  :-\
thanks
Fotolia

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Also, this site is mainly for sellers, though some buyers no doubt look in and some sellers are also buyers.

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I think Alamy said they were excited to open an office in the USA and would drop our percentage from 60 to 50% to pay for it (my earnings there have gone up quite a bit, so maybe that actually was exciting news).
My sales are up on Alamy also, but not my US sales, which isn't surprising given my extreme paucity of US content there.
So another example of how an Alamy 'exciting news' benefitted some at the expense of others. I have no more sales via the US office, but I lost money to fund the US office setup; and although they say results from opening the US office were better than anticipated, they show no signs of restoring the 60%.

From the reports on the Alamy forum, which is only a tip of the iceberg of sales, it seems that US content in general sell for a lot more $$ than 'the rest', but I still don't see why I should have had to help pay for that, and keep paying.
Robbing Sue to pay Tom (nothing personal!)

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Alamy allowing RF editorials was, in my opinion, a rare occasion when "exciting news" was good for the contributors.
I see where you are coming from, but I see it as bad for contributors. With RM, I often get repeat sales, so even under the low-value UKNS, the little payments can add up - up to 40+ sales. Also e. g.  a cover and an inside use, or a pupil book and teacher's manual.I see no evidence that 'real' prices for RF are making up for the loss of repeat sales.

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Mindstorm, again you have not read the OP.
He got the information he wanted.
What possible 'good business' reason does he have for phoning back?

@OP, you need to shake off a lifetime of being 'nice' and 'polite', on the phone. Unsolicited phone calls were a huge issue here. Now they're illegal, thank goodness, which has reduced their incidence considerably; but dodgy businesses, like criminals, are always one step ahead. However, they're self-identifing  as being dodgy, so unless they're deliberately targeting the vulnerable, it's hard to see how it helps them. Definitely not 'good' business. I see that this case isn't quite the same as he was given the OP'S number by the gallery, we don't know whether that was legitimate.
Believe it or not, I used to reply to cold callers with a polite, "I'm sorry, I don't need X at the moment. Thank you." I soon got over that!

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He phoned again. I did not answer this time.
That's really creepy.

I would certainly have taken it up with the gallery that they passed on your info, unless you have given them permission to do that.
Normally here, someone can leave a query and/or contact details with a gallery, the gallery pass the info to you and it's up to you whether to respond or not.

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That could be seriously creepy, but maybe he's genuinely shy and fancies you. Who knows which, though?
I expect he is a painter that wants to paint that scene.  He might prefer to do while at the site himself, in which case he wants to know where to go.  Or, he might just paint it from your photos, but wants to be able write a description stating where the image is from.
He has already painted the scene, whether from OP's images or not we can't be sure, but he didn't know where it was. Hmmm.

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