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« on: September 17, 2015, 22:26 »
Have any illustrators with 5,000+ portfolios on Fotolia suddenly been getting mass rejections for their vectors with these completely unhelpful (an irrelevant) rejection notices?:

A model or property release was not attached.
When a photograph, vector or video file includes people or property, you must submit a signed release authorizing the usage of the file for resale.

There is a problem with the model/property release you submitted.
The release doesn't contain a signature, is not in JPEG or PDF format, or was illegible.

Your file contains elements likely protected by patent or intellectual property laws.
You did not provide documentation to show permission to reproduce this subject. If you have obtained permission, please present this documentation by writing a brief description in the comment field.

« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2015, 07:32 »
 I just got the same email for a photo. My port is not 5000+ but I think the rules are the same for everyone.
It is a canned text and if you received it for illustrations, than they want property release, just like SS.

 It is not a rejection, your file is in the "My files" with an exclamation sign. The last paragraph in my email sound like this:
In order to protect photographers, Fotolia is very strict with intellectual property issues. Your image has not been refused, but simply placed on hold until further information is received from you.

I admit I am guilty, I thought it will pass without MR. It seams FT is becoming "very strict " with releases.
« Last Edit: September 18, 2015, 07:39 by Dodie »

« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2015, 08:41 »
Probably in response to the large number of illustrations using someone else's source material being uploaded. The thieves ruin everything.


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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2015, 12:45 »
Thanks everyone. Wow. I wish they would be more clear if it is indeed a SS type of policy. I create almost everything on computer now. I'm going to try resubmitting first. Uploading source files is annoying.  :(


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« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2015, 12:50 »
Well, I tried their Indexing release procedure and it was actually easy. But I just attached a flattened source file. If they want model releases, then forget it. Unless I'm submitting paintings, there's no way I'm going to do model releases for all my computer illustrations.  8)

« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2015, 16:50 »
FT releases are not as complicated as at SS but you still need to print them for the signature.


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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2015, 10:27 »
Well, they rejected all of my illustrations for not having model releases and KW issues. I draw the people and objects out of my imagination and attached the sketches. 5,000+ diverse portfolio with growing sales. Stupid. Absolutely stupid. >:(
« Last Edit: September 21, 2015, 10:36 by Striving »


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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2015, 10:46 »
They are being so extreme with this policy--especially for illustrators who make drawings on the computer. SS is only requiring sketch sources. But writing up releases for computer-based cartoons is too far. I make paintings once in a while on canvas or paper. I scan them and submit them. That is understandable when it comes to release. But this new policy is too much.   :P


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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2015, 12:46 »
@Striving, please send me an email and include your login name or account number. I will look into this for you.



Thanks Mat. I sent you a direct message through this system.  :)


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