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Microstock Photography Forum - General => General Stock Discussion => Topic started by: drd on December 05, 2018, 03:47

Title: Imges on VCG without contributors copyright information
Post by: drd on December 05, 2018, 03:47
Not sure how many of you have seen that the Getty Images, 500px, Corbis, Arcaid and many other collections https://www.vcg.com/creative/brands (https://www.vcg.com/creative/brands) are now up for sale on the vcg.com site.

On every image:
1. the contributors name is missing (replaced with an ID)
2. the EXIF information is wiped (from date to camera name to copyright information)
3. the copyright is attributed to '1995- 2018 vision China '

Since when is legal to do this? As far as I know the contributor is the author and the copyright holder, not the distributing company.
Title: Re: Imges on VCG without contributors copyright information
Post by: Hannafate on December 05, 2018, 15:55
They seem to be a legitimate secondary market.  Check with your particular sites to be sure. 
Title: Re: Imges on VCG without contributors copyright information
Post by: drd on December 06, 2018, 03:31
They seem to be a legitimate secondary market.  Check with your particular sites to be sure.

It might look legitimate, but claiming anotherís work as your own is Copyright infringement. This is what they do.
Title: Re: Imges on VCG without contributors copyright information
Post by: obj owl on December 06, 2018, 07:39
VCG own 500px and Corbis and have a deal with Getty to sell in the west, it must be reciprocal in that VCG sell Getty and all their partners in the east. 
Not going to be a lot left over for the contributor when everybody has had their cut.

As for copyright I guess it's better defended by VCG than trying to do it on your own in China.