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« on: May 21, 2009, 12:10 »
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Fotolia unveiled its new collection of 350,000 free stock images:
http://www.pdnonline.com/pdn/content_display/photo-news/stock-and-syndication/e3i82a4bef380199312e8e5a30d29baaf68

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Theres a lot of people out there where even $1 is too much for images, says Patrick Lor, Fotolias newly hired president for North America, who oversees PhotoXpress.


If they can't afford them, why is there a perceived right they should get them anyways?  Weird.


« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2009, 12:28 »
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As long as the free sites are just full of sub standard images, I don't see it as a big problem.  I don't want to give my images away for free but there is no way to stop others doing it.  If it can be used to bring new buyers to the sites, when they see that for a few dollars they can get something much better, it wont be so bad.


« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2009, 13:10 »
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The only real competition would be photos licensed as Creative Commons only if most of them are not low quality leftovers.

« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2009, 13:19 »
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If they can't afford them, why is there a perceived right they should get them anyways?  Weird.

It's probably fairly harmless. The only photographers who are going to donate free images are those who consider their work to be commercially worthless __ and they're most likely correct in their assessment.

« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2009, 13:35 »
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I spent time, money and effort for my products, why should I give my product free of charge?
Nothing on the market isn't free for me...
« Last Edit: May 21, 2009, 13:53 by borg »

« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2009, 13:46 »
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Text from their newsletter, for anyone that hasn't received it:

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COMING SOON: FOTOLIA'S FREE CONTENT API

The first website based on the Fotolia's free content API will soon be released! The site will drive traffic to Fotolia.com and is a fantastic opportunity for Fotolia's contributors to get additional visibility amongst stock photography buyers.

Fotolia's extensive API infrastructure (partner, Business, Developer and Reseller) has already shown their capacities in driving qualified traffic on the Fotolia website. We're confident that this new API will do the same.

As a backgrounder, Fotolia's free content API is based on free contents and unsold files. This API will be used by Fotolia to attract more stock imagery users and to invite them to buy additional imagery on Fotolia. That means: more traffic, more buyers and more sales. As you already know, you can add your unsold files to this program and get a half credit for each file added. Your file will be still offered on Fotolia.com at the standard price, while at the same time, being offered for free through the API.

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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2009, 13:51 »
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Any word on what we'll be paid per DL on the freebies? Or did the reporter screw up and is actually referring to the 50 cent bonus for adding freebies to the archive? 

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Lor says contributors will be paid when their images are downloaded from the new service, but wouldnt say how much, noting that it varies depending on the source of the images.

Milinz

« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2009, 13:55 »
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Yup... I got paid $1 for 2 images hanged there 2 years and never sold... Anyway that images was exclusive to fotolia and I believe that will bring me more sales ;-)

helix7

« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2009, 15:49 »
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It's probably fairly harmless. The only photographers who are going to donate free images are those who consider their work to be commercially worthless __ and they're most likely correct in their assessment.

Agreed. Plus I don't see buyers going the other way down this road, converting from paying customers to free downloaders. No harm in this move, and it probably will be just a waste of time for fotolia.



« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2009, 16:30 »
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this is sort of a duplicate topic.  Let's continue in this one

http://www.microstockgroup.com/fotolia-com/press-release-fotolia-launches-photoxpress


 

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