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Uncle Pete

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« Reply #25 on: February 02, 2019, 09:52 »
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Small update:
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All-time summary:

Total moles identified to date: 468

Total moles wacked: 236

Summary for week ending Feb 3:

Moles wacked (by SS) from Jan 27 - Feb 2: 116

Moles pending: 105

https://forums.submit.shutterstock.com/topic/96349-thieves-thread-update-week-ending-feb-3-468-so-far-flagged/

Highest praise for you, and finally somehow getting their attention. I only got two shut down last year on my own, you've done an outstanding job. And I realize that some people on the SS forum have been contributing to your collection as well.

If the crooks found that they can't profit, hopefully the word will get out and they will do this less. If the claim of locations are true, those people are probably using fake IDs or borrowed IDs and could be the same group behind it. I mean, once they can't profit, we could get rid of a repeating person or orginization and get the profits to the correct artists.
 


Brasilnut

  • Author Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock & Blog

« Reply #26 on: February 02, 2019, 10:08 »
+1
Small update:
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All-time summary:

Total moles identified to date: 468

Total moles wacked: 236

Summary for week ending Feb 3:

Moles wacked (by SS) from Jan 27 - Feb 2: 116

Moles pending: 105

https://forums.submit.shutterstock.com/topic/96349-thieves-thread-update-week-ending-feb-3-468-so-far-flagged/

Highest praise for you, and finally somehow getting their attention. I only got two shut down last year on my own, you've done an outstanding job. And I realize that some people on the SS forum have been contributing to your collection as well.

If the crooks found that they can't profit, hopefully the word will get out and they will do this less. If the claim of locations are true, those people are probably using fake IDs or borrowed IDs and could be the same group behind it. I mean, once they can't profit, we could get rid of a repeating person or orginization and get the profits to the correct artists.

I think they'll just go to another agency. I haven't done any research at the likes of iStock or Adobe Stock but I'm sure they have their own issues with theft, however, they probably have better systems in place to flag similars, etc (I'm assuming).

Most of their keywords are so terrible that not sure they'll ever get sales. Then there's the 3-month payment probation. I can't see how doing this can ever be worthwhile and hope they start to realise that it's really fruitless. Some have decent Photoshop skills and should just focus on that instead of looking for shortcuts.

Even though I started the initiative, this is a team job and really appreciate those that are taking their time to find these moles. I need to stress that nobody, including myself, is getting paid a cent for this.

Uncle Pete

  • Great Place by a Great Lake - My Home Port
« Reply #27 on: February 02, 2019, 19:24 »
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Can you change the name to "Wack-a-dolt"?  :)

Yes we assume, but it seems there's no member program working on other sites. Probably because SS is biggest, they attract the most of the easy money crooks. I have reported totally off photos on iStock, they are still there. I mean keywords that are irrelevant and none match the image at all, not nit picking.

Oh I almost forgot the entertaining part of this, the descriptions. That would make a good collection before they go away. I should have started last month before we lost a couple of the best and funniest.

Brasilnut

  • Author Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock & Blog

« Reply #28 on: February 09, 2019, 17:10 »
+5
Update:

Total moles identified to date: 463

Total moles wacked: 235

Summary for week ending Feb 10:

Moles wacked (by SS) from Feb 3 - Feb 10: ZERO (0)

Moles pending: 101

Great work everybody, except SS!

https://forums.submit.shutterstock.com/topic/96415-thieves-thread-update-week-ending-feb-10-463-so-far-flagged/

« Reply #29 on: February 09, 2019, 17:30 »
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Summary of last week (week ending Jan 27):

Total moles identified: 250

Moles wacked (by SS) from Jan 20 - 26: 120

Moles pending: 130+ (new accounts identified today)

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2019/01/27/update-why-shutterstocks-copyright-infringement-problems-should-concern-you/

Complete list:

https://forums.submit.shutterstock.com/topic/96297-thieves-thread-update-week-ending-jan-27-251-so-far-flagged/

Small victory but huge huge challenges ahead...

Thanks

« Reply #30 on: February 09, 2019, 17:31 »
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Typical of SS I could have predicted they'd get bored of actually doing any real work on this.

I'll make a tongue in cheek prediction ~ you've seen the last of SS deleting thieves accounts.

Brasilnut

  • Author Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock & Blog

« Reply #31 on: February 09, 2019, 17:34 »
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Typical of SS I could have predicted they'd get bored of actually doing any real work on this.

I'll make a tongue in cheek prediction ~ you've seen the last of SS deleting thieves accounts.

Yeah, I'm kinda bored too...

« Reply #32 on: February 09, 2019, 17:41 »
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Typical of SS I could have predicted they'd get bored of actually doing any real work on this.

I'll make a tongue in cheek prediction ~ you've seen the last of SS deleting thieves accounts.

Yeah, I'm kinda bored too...

I can imagine you would be because you are not being paid to do this and its obviously something those people in the Empire State should have been doing in the  first place!

If I were you I'd send Jon Oringer a PM on his FB account! Pointing out they are aiding copyright thieves and leaving themselves open to legal action .

See if the guy can put down his guitar long enough to actually see what his minions are allowing to happen.

« Last Edit: February 11, 2019, 02:59 by Sammy the Cat »



« Reply #35 on: February 10, 2019, 17:37 »
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what?

https://www.shutterstock.com/g/CharoensilpPhotoData?page=17&section=1&sort=popular&search_source=base_gallery&language=en
I can't begin to understand why anyone would create this and how they could ever be accepted. Totally bizarre. Is there any possible explanation?

Brasilnut

  • Author Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock & Blog


Uncle Pete

  • Great Place by a Great Lake - My Home Port
« Reply #37 on: February 11, 2019, 11:53 »
+2
what?

https://www.shutterstock.com/g/CharoensilpPhotoData?page=17&section=1&sort=popular&search_source=base_gallery&language=en
I can't begin to understand why anyone would create this and how they could ever be accepted. Totally bizarre. Is there any possible explanation?

Is that the same one who drove through the city with a GoPro set to 1 frame per second and uploaded all of them?

I still want to know how or why SS ever accepts those. And if it's someone different why they accept the 19,000 blurred backgrounds?

« Reply #38 on: February 11, 2019, 12:47 »
+3
what?

https://www.shutterstock.com/g/CharoensilpPhotoData?page=17&section=1&sort=popular&search_source=base_gallery&language=en
I can't begin to understand why anyone would create this and how they could ever be accepted. Totally bizarre. Is there any possible explanation?

Is that the same one who drove through the city with a GoPro set to 1 frame per second and uploaded all of them?

I still want to know how or why SS ever accepts those. And if it's someone different why they accept the 19,000 blurred backgrounds?
The only thing I can  think is money laundering ie using an account to transfer dodgy funds cross border?

Uncle Pete

  • Great Place by a Great Lake - My Home Port
« Reply #39 on: February 13, 2019, 10:29 »
0
what?

https://www.shutterstock.com/g/CharoensilpPhotoData?page=17&section=1&sort=popular&search_source=base_gallery&language=en
I can't begin to understand why anyone would create this and how they could ever be accepted. Totally bizarre. Is there any possible explanation?

Is that the same one who drove through the city with a GoPro set to 1 frame per second and uploaded all of them?

I still want to know how or why SS ever accepts those. And if it's someone different why they accept the 19,000 blurred backgrounds?
The only thing I can  think is money laundering ie using an account to transfer dodgy funds cross border?

Interesting angle. Someone buys a subscription then only downloads from people with these trash collections. Wouldn't that kind of throw up a flag for SS? I mean say I have someone in another part of the world, buy a subscription and download the limit from mine, for a profit. Or as your idea money laundering, break even, gets the money back somewhere else. But then there are records of the transactions, as expenses on one end or earnings on the other.

Still I wouldn't discount something else going on, beyond stupid uploads of useless files that will never sell, or absurd reviews that miss thousands of blurred backgrounds created by a PS action. How does that guy with the driving through the city get all that passed?

Or did you have some other way that these accounts are somehow tied to money laundering? I don't see it.


 

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