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jonbull

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« on: January 27, 2016, 08:34 »
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I was a contributor to Demotix since the firs days....thankst to 3 big photos i earned more there than with all my micro stock in 9 years...i mean x0000 dollar.....
today went to the website, and they redirected me to corbis.
Demotix had a distribution deal with corbis, some images were picked up by corbis staff and sold through corbis.
then corbis acquired demotix. then
those chinese, with million zillion of dollar , who pay 100 dollar month to workers, don't respect nothing, no law , anything....bought corbis, probably in a secret deal with getty and NOW, voila, demotion disappeared,our account disappeared, our photos disappeared but are in corbis most of them, they can sell and we don't know nothing, no mail from demotix or corbis, anybody to contact to know what is the future.
I saw a slow in sales there, probably they not even accounted most of sales in the last year, 20 dollar in 12 months....ok i stopped uploading contents more than a year ago.
Luckily i had only 15 pound to be received.

But this story tells a lot of the situation of micro macro news photography.
Luckily in some years will be back to normal and past situation, many amateur who earn nothing will stop dreaming of living with micro stock, many micro and macro will fail, and sane and good competition will arise to serious professionall, who live with photography,.
so far we can't blame anybody, we created this accepting micro stock. But the Demotix story is f...ing amazing especially the fact that a freedom photojournalistic agency made by normal people is now controlled by communist state called CHINA


« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2016, 08:43 »
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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2016, 13:59 »
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Same here. And some of my images are online at corbis...

« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2016, 15:34 »
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Luckily in some years will be back to normal and past situation, many amateur who earn nothing will stop dreaming of living with micro stock, many micro and macro will fail, and sane and good competition will arise to serious professionall, who live with photography,

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same old complaint - 'pros' who opposed digitalstock photography in the early 90s, which brought the cost of images down by a factor of 10, then opposed microstock which reduced price by another 10x

the good old days are gone, and 'pros' are not going to reclaim what they had 20 years ago.  even if 'many' hobbyists leave, the agencies will till have millions of images

only those who adapt to changing markets will survive

« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2016, 15:41 »
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RIP :-(

jonbull

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« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2016, 08:24 »
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well if spamming every agency with 13000 photos of mediocre quality earning cheap money, then doing other 10 job to survive...that's the new era? personally you are the kind of " photographer" i hope will go out of market soon...

OM

« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2016, 07:17 »
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I see that, "Demotix was founded with two principles in mind: freedom of speech and freedom of information."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demotix

I'd guess that with ownership in Chinese hands that no longer applies.

« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2016, 10:43 »
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I see that, "Demotix was founded with two principles in mind: freedom of speech and freedom of information."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demotix

I'd guess that with ownership in Chinese hands that no longer applies.

Missed this. Here's a bump to keep it in the news for others who missed it.

On January 22, 2016, all pages at the Demotix website were redirected to the home page of Corbis Images, where an announcement and some FAQs about the sale of Corbis Images to Visual China Group appeared. Simultaneously Visual China Group/Getty announced on their websites the acquisition of Corbis Images by VCG and the licensing arrangement with Getty. Some Demotix contributors expressed their dissatisfaction with the sudden disappearance of the Demotix website on Facebook and Twitter and raised questions related to monetary debts and future usage of their images.

On January 28, 2016, the Demotix office in London, U.K. sent a mass mailing to all of its contributors and photographers announcing the sale of Corbis to Visual China Group.

The body of the e-mail read, "Last week Corbis announced the sale of the Corbis Images (excluding Splash), Corbis Motion, and Veer licensing businesses to Unity Glory International, an affiliate of the Visual China Group (VCG), a leading Chinese visual communications and new media business. In addition to the Corbis and Veer content, VCG has also purchased the Demotix brand and content. Currently the Demotix website is redirecting Demotix visitors to Corbisimages.com. VCG will communicate next steps with Demotix contributors as soon as possible."

« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2016, 14:47 »
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What does it mean "VCG has also purchased the Demotix brand and content"? They cannot buy any content since it's property of the authors...

« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2016, 22:17 »
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What does it mean "VCG has also purchased the Demotix brand and content"? They cannot buy any content since it's property of the authors...

We never know. VGC buys Demotix, distributes to Getty and what? Maybe what Demotix owned, or that which we don't dispute, but where and who and, it's nuts.


 

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