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Author Topic: My stuff free on DT -- I did NOT approve!  (Read 2575 times)

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« on: August 21, 2018, 21:35 »
When I submit to DT, there is a checkbox I can use if I agree to have my images given away for free.  I NEVER have that box checked.  If they can't sell it, I'm not going to just let them use it free for their own promotional purposes...

Yet yesterday I discovered two of my recent images from Namibia are "free for 24 hours -- download here" on the DT site.

Anyone else have that happen?  How did you handle it, if so?

« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2018, 04:48 »
It sounds as if it is the free image from approved content rather than the rejects they like to put on the free section permanently, so it probably isn't related to the don't-give-this-away-if-its-rejected tick box. Short term give-away (free image of the week, or whatever) have been seen as a tool to promote good portfolios. If you've given approval for images to be used for promotional reasons they would probably think that is good enough. But they should still ask you for permission.
Writing to support - or Serban - is really your only route forward.

« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2018, 07:11 »
I was thinking that most all the sites had a clause in the terms that said they can use any image for promotion. You might check the user agreement for that.


« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2018, 08:42 »
IIRC, in the past contributors have still been paid for these free promotional download offers

« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2018, 11:04 »
@BaldricksTrousers - Yes, both of these are recently approved images. They were both uploaded within the past week, from a trip to Namibia last month, and are part of a couple hundred wildlife images approved by DT (and several other agencies).

@Me - I obviously would not complain if I still got paid for any downloads they did not charge for.  Obviously I have no way to know how many downloads were made (do I?).  There have been no reported sales on either of those images from DT since they were uploaded last week though.

And yes, after posting this, I reread that checkbox I leave off more carefully. It DOES refer to images that are not accepted by DT, and thus is probably not relevant to these accepted images.


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