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« on: March 17, 2009, 02:59 »
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Hi there!

A client of mine subscribe to a stocksite called Colourbox. (www.colourbox.com [nofollow])
I've never heard about it before and haven't seen anything about it in this forum either. Does anybody here know anything about them? Is it a Micro or Macro-site? Is it worth the time and effort to try to be a contibutor there?

/P


« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2009, 03:34 »
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A client of mine subscribe to a stocksite called Colourbox. (www.colourbox.com) I've never heard about it before and haven't seen anything about it in this forum either.

Considering you are a new member and this is your very first post, would it be too bold to assume that you are connected with this Danish site?  :P
It is out now by the way. Even Cubestat.com can't connect. Traceroute takes ages. Is it on a garage server or on a mainstream hoster?

Xalanx

« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2009, 03:46 »
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I think it's my fault. I clicked on "Best Collection" button. Now I'm getting about 5 boxes in the frontpage saying "Sorry, there was a problem for the server.
Please try again." 

« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2009, 04:12 »
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I think it's my fault. I clicked on "Best Collection" button. Now I'm getting about 5 boxes in the frontpage saying "Sorry, there was a problem for the server.


I could access it after a very long wait for about 10 minutes. Now it's back on http://colourbox.com/Error.

What I saw on the home page is amazing marketing. 50 euro for one image, 250 euro for 10 images, and... 150 euro for unlimited download for a month. That's far below the subscription price of SS, while SS puts a limit of 25/day on its package.
For a sum of 150 euro (or 3 regular photos), anybody could leech the site dry in a month.
With unlimited download, there is also no way they can project a guaranteed income per photo for anybody.
The same flawed approach as Vivozoom.

Next!
« Last Edit: March 17, 2009, 08:40 by FlemishDreams »

vonkara

« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2009, 04:37 »
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Why the hxxx every Nerdz on the planet are planning to open a new stock agency ? Somebody explain plz  :)

RT


« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2009, 13:52 »
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Why the hxxx every Nerdz on the planet are planning to open a new stock agency ? Somebody explain plz  :)

Because there's enough suckers around that upload to these sites in the hope they'll make 10 dollars over the course of the year that it takes until the site goes bust.



« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2009, 14:11 »
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A client of mine subscribe to a stocksite called Colourbox. (www.colourbox.com [nofollow]) I've never heard about it before and haven't seen anything about it in this forum either.

Considering you are a new member and this is your very first post, would it be too bold to assume that you are connected with this Danish site?  :P
It is out now by the way. Even Cubestat.com can't connect. Traceroute takes ages. Is it on a garage server or on a mainstream hoster?


No, no, not at all. I have no connection to them. But I work as a graphic designer and buy a lot of images for different clients. Mostly I buy from iStock. I also try to sell some images myself. I have a small small portfolio at a few sites. And I can't say I'm getting rich from sales yet ;-)

But the other day I was doing a job for a client and they asked me to get some images for them from Colourbox, where they had a subscription. So I just got curious about this and wondered if it was a site worth distributing to. I'm from Sweden and have mostly images from here, so I thought they might be interested in more Scandinavian pictures.

/P

« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2009, 15:20 »
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I've seen a lot of their pictures in norwegian magazines. Not impressed by the general quality, but it looks like they sell in Scandinavia.

« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2009, 20:11 »
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No, no, not at all. I have no connection to them. But I work as a graphic designer and buy a lot of images for different clients. Mostly I buy from iStock. I also try to sell some images myself. I have a small small portfolio at a few sites. And I can't say I'm getting rich from sales yet ;-)

OK, I'm sorry and I stand corrected. But the pricing scheme of ColourBox is crazy. Just 150 euro and you can download all for a month. It's one of the worst deals around for photographers. I had a look at their pictures and some are good but in very limited numbers. For 75 euro more per month, your friend can download the crme de la crme from ShutterStock: all the top artists are there. If it is just about a few photos now and then, Dreamstime has an equally good collection and it is much cheaper than iStockphoto.

« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2009, 14:35 »
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Has anyone else heard about or used this site?

« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2009, 15:44 »
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Wow, I'm quite surprised.

I live in Denmark, and have often seen images from this site used by major companies (print and web) here in Denmark. I always believed this was a macro agency without really having a look. It seems to me that subscription prices are nano (really! 1 license allows 1000 users to download images unlimited from their collection for three months) whereas single image products are at macro prices(? - approx. $120 for one image).

Also, on the "sign-up as a photographer"-page it says nothing about commissions and their terms of service-page seems to be broken. It's not anything like microstock though, their photographers are actually working in teams (and there is probably no way for them to earn money proportionally with their skills and efforts, as in microstock).

All in all, it actually seems to me as a threat to microstock.

http://ekstrabladet.dk/kup/sundhed/article1249957.ece
This is a link to an article of the danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet, which is one of the biggest in Denmark. The image credits Colourbox.com

http://kvinder.bt.dk/menu/sundhed/vis/laes/10-slags-mad-der-forbraender-fedt-kopi-1/
This is a link to an article of the biggest competitor to Ekstra Bladet - B.T. - also using images from Colourbox.com

http://jp.dk/indland/krimi/article1874757.ece
...And Jyllandsposten (known for publishing images of Muhammed)

http://www.dr.dk/sundhed/Ditsundevalg/Artikler/2009/1105142908.htm
And DR (Denmarks Radio)

Seems that everyone is using them

« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2009, 15:59 »
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Shutterstock also had an 'all you can eat' subscription service before too.  Colourbox's collection size isn't so large so perhaps that is why they can afford to offer unlimited downloads.

I have signed up for an account so hopefully I can find out some more info.

« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2009, 16:15 »
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I have seen these pictures in a lot of magazines and online news papers. Usually there is a large quality difference between colourbox-pictures and pictures from e.g. istock.

« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2009, 16:38 »
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Wow, I'm quite surprised.

I live in Denmark, and have often seen images from this site used by major companies (print and web) here in Denmark. I always believed this was a macro agency without really having a look. It seems to me that subscription prices are nano (really! 1 license allows 1000 users to download images unlimited from their collection for three months) whereas single image products are at macro prices(? - approx. $120 for one image).

Yeah, they seem to have a pretty strong presence in Scandinavia.  They must have done something right.

WarrenPrice

« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2009, 16:55 »
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WE EXPECT:

That you own a semi-professional digital camera with at least 12 megapixel.
That you deliver pictures of highest JPEG quality at max. ISO 800.
That you have the rights to sell the pictures.
That you can accept our general terms.

That first "we expect" eliminated me.   :'(

Fotonaut

« Reply #15 on: February 18, 2010, 03:24 »
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Theyre down to "You must use SLR camera with minimum 10 megapixel resolution".

I know they actually have a sales force in each Scandinavian country. If you sign up with a customer account, they will call you. Direct contact will always beat advertising, I suppose.

Fotonaut

« Reply #16 on: February 18, 2010, 05:50 »
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So, I just checked with them. Subscription downloads is 0.20 to the photographer. That counts them out on my part.


« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2010, 08:02 »
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Erm..

From Photographer's Guideline:
Exclusive?
We do not have any exclusive agreements, so you can
upload to whatever other stockagent-site you would
like. It benefits your goal of making the most of your
images.

From Photographer Agreement:

1.2 Within 30 days from receipt of the images, Colourbox informs the Photographer of
which images Colourbox has selected. The non-selected images are returned to the Photographer,
who is free to use these images. The selected images may not be distributed,
licensed, sold or in any way used by the Photographer.

2.1 The Photographer assigns to Colourbox all rights to the images submitted to Colourbox
pursuant to this Agreement, including but not limited to all property rights and copyrights.
Colourbox and Colourbox licensees are therefore free to use, reproduce, publish,
exhibit, perform, publicly display and transmit the images, to crop, modify, alter and manipulate
the images and to create derivate works of the images. The assignment of rights
is worldwide.

I'm gonna stay away from this one

« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2010, 11:09 »
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Great for bloggers!  The handy-dandy zoom feature allows you to download a 320x250 or so unwatermarked image.  Nice.

RacePhoto

« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2010, 14:30 »
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Why the hxxx every Nerdz on the planet are planning to open a new stock agency ? Somebody explain plz  :)

Because there's enough suckers around that upload to these sites in the hope they'll make 10 dollars over the course of the year that it takes until the site goes bust.



I looked at the usual for me, searched "race car" found a nice logo loaded overhead shot of a F1 car which must be editorial, or loaded with a stack of property, design, model, and other releases, but it can't be RF? Many other protected designs.

Did I read it right, single photo download 49 and for that I'd get 0.20?

I hope someone from the site comes through and explains the commissions, which I couldn't locate.

Yes, this is a pass.

« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2010, 14:33 »
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No, the commission is 50% for single downloads. Even the subs don't sound so bad (about 0.30$) considering the buyer can download really a crapload of images. However read my above post. From what I understand you'll be giving them the full copyright of the images.

macrosaur

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« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2010, 14:48 »
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For a sum of 150 euro (or 3 regular photos), anybody could leech the site dry in a month.
With unlimited download, there is also no way they can project a guaranteed income per photo for anybody.
The same flawed approach as Vivozoom.

Next!

Next ?

Next is iStock i'm afraid.
What else can be the next step for Thinkstock ?

"all you can eat for xxx $/month, unlimited this and that " ...  just give them some time...

 


« Reply #22 on: February 20, 2010, 17:21 »
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no thanks.........      8)=tom

« Reply #23 on: July 17, 2010, 15:55 »
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Yes Colourbox seems to be quite well used in Scandinavian media. From the Photographer Terms and Condition i read that:

The Images must be "royalty-free photos". Colourbox and Colourbox' licensees are therefore free to use, reproduce,
publish, exhibit, perform, publicly display and transmit the Images, to crop, modify, alter and manipulate
the Images and to create derivate works of the Images. Accordingly there are no restrictions on the use of the
Images unless explicitly agreed to in writing with Colourbox.
The Photographer shall upload the Images directly to Colourbox'

As per definition, no-one can have exclusive rights of a Royalty-free image (the photographer can sell the image as many times as he or she wants). I could not find the giving away right condition as stated by Klautz but maybe i missed it.

Reading the material currently online i dont think any rights are signed away, what do you guys think?
Cheers

« Reply #24 on: July 28, 2010, 04:38 »
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anyone had experiences with this site? just registered as 'supplier' (contributor in colourbox term), it seems the portfolio interface is not user friendly at all.


 

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