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« on: January 19, 2018, 19:30 »
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https://petapixel.com/2018/01/19/turning-times-request-free-user-generated-content/

Kudos to the copyright owner!
I would have done the same with no hesitation nor regrets.

What about you?
« Last Edit: January 20, 2018, 17:42 by Zero Talent »


« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2018, 19:59 »
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This guy is a Facebook friend of mine.  He was posting this from day one.  Simply amazing what big corporations are becoming. I would NOT cave in for free content, either.  Time, NewsWeek, none of them.  Once one does it the snowball rolls and grows bigger and bigger until there is nothing left for those of us who rely on photography as a source of income.

PaulieWalnuts

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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2018, 20:12 »
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Exposure can be helpful if you have a purpose to gain something immediately or in the future. Like maybe adding Time to your list of clients will help you attract clients who actually will pay. Or attract higher end customers who will pay more money.

But just giving away photos for "exposure"? Never. Many of my clients pay me and also give me credit. And even doing that I can't trace even one time that the exposure directly resulted in someone contacting me for a sale. Does exposure help? Sure maybe sometimes. But not by itself. 

Some of the people in the comments say selling photos for money is dead. Social media is where the money is. That may be true for a small percentage of photographers who can get a bazillion followers. How many of you here are making more money from social media than from selling photos?

When photographers stop giving stuff away, people will stop asking for free stuff.

ETA: Does anyone find it ironic that the article is about freely using user generated content on a site that earns money from advertising by freely using user generated content?
« Last Edit: January 19, 2018, 20:18 by PaulieWalnuts »

namussi

« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2018, 03:33 »
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Payments for UGC peaked at $150k in 1963 for the Zapruder film and have been dropping ever since.

Noedelhap

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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2018, 06:24 »
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I see it often on Twitter. Someone tweets a self-made photograph of some event (say, the aftermath of a rainstorm or a fire) and national newspapers or news networks ask for permission to publish the photo online on their website or in the paper, with credits.

Which is fine, of course, they're at least asking permission instead of stealing it.
But most of the time the photographer in case is an amateur and gives his permission because he simply doesn't care about the money (being credited is fun enough, right?) or doesn't value his own work in terms of money.

Of course, the majority of amateur content creators is uneducated about this issue, so newspapers and magazines often get away with it.

namussi

« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2018, 06:56 »
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Another way of looking at it...

Members of the public freely provide content to journalists when they are interviewed, for example, as witnesses to an event.

Such interviews are given voluntarily. So why should journalists pay for members of the public's video/pics of events?



« Last Edit: January 20, 2018, 07:07 by namussi »

« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2018, 07:09 »
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Another way of looking at it...

Members of the public freely provide content to journalists when they are interviewed, for example, as witnesses to an event.

Such interviews are given voluntarily. Why shouldn't they also provide video/pics of events for free?

Because I wonder if this will work the same way if, for example, you replace the photographer with a lawyer or any other profession...

namussi

« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2018, 07:12 »
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Lawyers are interviewed everyday by journalists and aren't paid.

niktol

« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2018, 07:20 »
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I don't see anything wrong with giving stuff away for free, it happens all the time  (no pun intended), but the dialog is strange
- I am a working journalist [translation - I don't do what I do for free]
-I am sorry, but TIME does not pay for ugc [translation - get bent]
and the weird response
-No problem, I fully understand...

If there is no problem and full understanding, why make a fuss later? Just tell them what you think on the spot.

namussi

« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2018, 07:22 »
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I don't see anything wrong with giving stuff away for free, it happens all the time  (no pun intended), but the dialog is strange
- I am a working journalist [translation - I don't do what I do for free]
-I am sorry, but TIME does not pay for ugc [translation - get bent]
and the weird response
-No problem, I fully understand...

If there is no problem and full understanding, why make a fuss later? Just tell them what you think on the spot.

Nail on head.

« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2018, 07:39 »
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Lawyers are interviewed everyday by journalists and aren't paid.

This is not why I asked the question.
The question was meant to compare lawyers and photographers in from a professional point of view, not as humans. How often do you think a magazine will dare to contact lawyers asking for free legal services and justifying the call by saying that "we don't normally pay for legal services"?
« Last Edit: January 20, 2018, 07:46 by Zero Talent »

namussi

« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2018, 07:59 »
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Time contacted the photographer thinking he was a member of the public, so the analogy doesn't work.


niktol

« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2018, 08:00 »
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remove regulations, that is the obligation to get a formal education and pass the bar exam to be called a lawyer, very soon there will be more lawyers then photographers and there'll be plenty of free advice available. For exposure.

Brasilnut

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« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2018, 08:03 »
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We work practically for free submitting to Microstock  ;D

« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2018, 08:16 »
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We work practically for free submitting to Microstock  ;D

Maybe you do. A lot of us make good money despite competition from fame seekers.
« Last Edit: January 20, 2018, 08:32 by Zero Talent »

« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2018, 08:29 »
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Lawyers are interviewed everyday by journalists and aren't paid.

Apples and oranges.  An interview isn't legal advice - every lawyer I know is going to charge you $300 an hour even for briefly answering an e-mail.

I would have done the same as the photographer.  Time certainly can pay.  I suppose since he posted the video originally on facebook they assumed he didn't care about the money - can't blame them for that.  But once he said he wanted to get paid they should have ponied up something if they wanted unlimited access.

When I was younger I used to work sometimes as a musician.  I was always surprised by how often people wanted us to donate our time, especially to organizations that had plenty of money.  We didn't charge much but definitely expected to get something for our efforts.  Our motto then was the same I would use now: no pay, no play.

« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2018, 08:30 »
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remove regulations, that is the obligation to get a formal education and pass the bar exam to be called a lawyer, very soon there will be more lawyers then photographers and there'll be plenty of free advice available. For exposure.
All for removing regulations.
But there are so many cooks in the world already. Is Time calling them asking for free lunches, because "they don't normally pay for UGF or user generated food"?
« Last Edit: January 20, 2018, 08:41 by Zero Talent »


« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2018, 08:32 »
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Make an offer to the guy - show some goodwill
Good gawd, how cheap can companies be?

« Reply #18 on: January 20, 2018, 08:36 »
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Time contacted the photographer thinking he was a member of the public, so the analogy doesn't work.

No they don't. They called him asking him to give them, for free, the product of his work.
He was NOT a random person picked up from the street. And even if he was, why do they consider themselves entitled to free stuff from the public, anyway?
« Last Edit: January 20, 2018, 08:39 by Zero Talent »

niktol

« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2018, 09:17 »
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All for removing regulations.
But there are so many cooks in the world already. Is Time calling them asking for free lunches, because "they don't normally pay for UGF or user generated food"?

No idea. Maybe they do.

« Reply #20 on: January 20, 2018, 09:46 »
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« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2018, 09:56 »
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All for removing regulations.
But there are so many cooks in the world already. Is Time calling them asking for free lunches, because "they don't normally pay for UGF or user generated food"?

No idea. Maybe they do.

Lol, no they don't. Rest assured they don't. I never saw Time articles about the cook across the street from their HQ, who gave them free food in exchange for credit or fame. And also no articles giving credit to people from the general public, who gave them free UGF or "user generated food"
« Last Edit: January 20, 2018, 10:01 by Zero Talent »

niktol

« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2018, 10:32 »
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this is all storm in a teacup thing. My boss looked at me funny 30 years ago, and now I am on metoo all enraged. The guy couldn't make a sale, now he's pissed. This whole "they've got so much money" is total nonsense. I have so much money compared to locals when I am in Vietnam, but if I am paying more than local market price or pay money for what I can get for free, then I am the sucker. Welcome to the free market. No government imposed prices, that means zero value for a job is possible too.

« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2018, 11:01 »
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this is all storm in a teacup thing. My boss looked at me funny 30 years ago, and now I am on metoo all enraged. The guy couldn't make a sale, now he's pissed. This whole "they've got so much money" is total nonsense. I have so much money compared to locals when I am in Vietnam, but if I am paying more than local market price or pay money for what I can get for free, then I am the sucker. Welcome to the free market. No government imposed prices, that means zero value for a job is possible too.

You are barking at wrong tree here, my friend
I'm not against Time trying to get free stuff. Far from that! They are free to try as long as it works. Heck, I will probably try to get free stuff for myself, if it works.
Fools are not those asking for free stuff, but those who fall for it.
Fools are those "wannabe artists" seeking some illusory fame nobody gives a sh.t, about except maybe their mom.

That's my message: don't be that fool!

niktol

« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2018, 11:31 »
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this is all storm in a teacup thing. My boss looked at me funny 30 years ago, and now I am on metoo all enraged. The guy couldn't make a sale, now he's pissed. This whole "they've got so much money" is total nonsense. I have so much money compared to locals when I am in Vietnam, but if I am paying more than local market price or pay money for what I can get for free, then I am the sucker. Welcome to the free market. No government imposed prices, that means zero value for a job is possible too.

You are barking at wrong tree here, my friend
I'm not against Time trying to get free stuff. Far from that! They are free to try as long as it works. Heck, I will probably try to get free stuff for myself, if it works.
Fools are not those asking for free stuff, but those who fall for it.
Fools are those "wannabe artists" seeking some illusory fame nobody gives a sh.t, about except maybe their mom.

That's my message: don't be that fool!

I agree with you there.


 

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