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So, did a little bit of quick research...

Short version - assuming/seems jumpstory is in bed with pexels (a "free" image site that doesn't allow people to resell images, unless what they don't say it is them profiting from other peoples work).

Long story:
a) Seems they are getting their images from "pexels". (Whether they are stealing them, or have some kind of arrangement, I don't know). But for example, this picture here on their site: ( is straight from

or, for example, the guy in the car with the girl on their page here:

also found on pexels:

b) Not sure if the authors know that their work is being 'resold' for profit... (highly unlikely).

c) REALLY fascinating: Pexel on their licensing page says:

What is not allowed?

Respect the hard work of our contributors and keep these restrictions in mind.

    ✕ Identifiable people may not appear in a bad light or in a way that is offensive.
    ✕ Don't sell unaltered copies of a photo or video, e.g. as a poster, print or on a physical product without modifying it first.
    ✕ Don't imply endorsement of your product by people or brands on the imagery.
    ✕ Don't redistribute or sell the photos and videos on other stock photo or wallpaper platforms.

And yet......... the images are being 'redistributed' on "jumpstory".

So in all likelihood - the owners at jumpstory contacted pexels - and pexels said sure, lets work out a deal. (Even though pexel in their short license agreement tells other people not to simply "resell" authors work under another site - they are essentially doing exactly that by 'licensing' the content to jumpstory, then jumpstory paying them a fee for that re-sold content).

And it is obviously dishonest - *because* jumpstories selling points aren't "oh, we have tools to help you image process" - but rather "Signup and get 25 MILLION images"...

So... the contributors to the free pexel site are getting screwed basically.

looking further into pexels (I know I heard of them before, never really researched them though)...

seems they are simply a variation of instagram/pinterest with their scrolling images & the "GET FOLLOWERS! GET LIKES! GET.... drum roll... EXPOSURE!!!" - except unlike instagram - they basically give themselves the rights to use the images/photos/videos...

and *pretty sure* pexel is violating other people's rights since they don't inspect if content is editorial - so when someone posts a picture they took of someone else - they could get into hot water - (because they are then relicensing it for profit via jumpstory)...

i.e., if someone took a picture of "Taylor swift" - uploaded it for free (first off all, taylor probably wouldn't be too happy) - but then jumpstory would say "oh yeah! use this in your publications!" - so then you might see a t.v. commercial for a product with a picture of taylor swift endorsing it...

Finally... if you want to do something about this dishonesty/manipulation of license terms, the best way would probably be to start contacting invidual authors on pexels (there is a message button) and let them know their "free" work is being resold for profit on jumpstory - without any attribution/etc. so they are basically working for free to make other people money.

The good news is I searched a few of my best sellers on pexels and found nothing of mine. jumpstory, of course, wonít let you search until you register. No, thatís not suspicious at all. 🙄

Thank you SuperPhoto for your effort and time  :)


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