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« on: March 19, 2014, 14:40 »
DP has worked in collusion with third party agencies without the consent of the contributors.  Stockshop is one example. I've contacted DP and told them to remove my images.

I'm wondering if anyone has tried contacting Stockshop and told them if they were willing to work directly with you (circumventing DP), they would have permission to keep your images with their agency. 

If Stockshop agreed, would that not be a quick and easy way of adding an agency to your portfolio? Albeit a very low earner but at least earning the industry standard with each image sold

« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2014, 14:49 »
Dejavuuu...?  ::) I think we've been talking about that (the same) in looonnngg DP thread...


« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2014, 15:38 »

What's the incentive for these companies to take images directly from artists? Seems like a losing deal for them. Currently they can sell our images for whatever price they want and pay us a subscription royalty by using existing partner opportunities or APIs. Why would they want to work directly with us and have to pay us a fair rate?

« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2014, 17:24 »
Speaking generally, one issue a site has to address if it takes direct submissions is inspections - using someone else's API is effectively allowing them to skip that often messy part of the business.

Unless a site seems to be generating sales in any reasonable quantity or with regularity, why include them?

And as far as keeping the images to save you uploading, I highly doubt they'd be able to do that given the legal agreement they have with their source (DP in the case of Shotshop) and/or the technical details of the partnership - sometimes the distributor only has the thumbs and the main agency has the high res unwatermarked version.


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