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« on: April 06, 2013, 19:51 »
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OK, someone explain this site to me. I'm finding all my shutterstock work there.

http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/stock-photos.php?hleda=mourning+dove


ShadySue

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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2013, 19:58 »
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It seems like maybe they're an affiliate of SS and Fotolia. I just clicked on a couple of mourning dove pics from that page and one took me to SS and the other to FT. Maybe they're on a referral scheme?
They maybe have some PD images, but it's mostly bait and switch.
[Note the 'maybes'. I don't actually know.]

« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2013, 20:03 »
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I see MSG has already been aware of it. I'm so far behind all this referral stuff and partner programs, it makes my head spin. It's old news, forgive me for bringing it back up.

« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2013, 20:15 »
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I hAve been seeing more and more of these bait and switch sites. The good thing about them is at least they are sending people to the sites to buy, but then again people were attracted to the site in the first place because they were looking for free. Not sure whatnthe conversion of cheapskates to actual buyers is.

« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2013, 21:05 »
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I hAve been seeing more and more of these bait and switch sites. The good thing about them is at least they are sending people to the sites to buy, but then again people were attracted to the site in the first place because they were looking for free. Not sure whatnthe conversion of cheapskates to actual buyers is.

I found some of my images there also and was redirected to Shutterstock. It doesn't bother me that some call it bait and switch because they obviously have lots of give-away images there but the suck percentage is pretty high. As long as customers to whatever degree find what they're looking for so much the better. I doubt sites like this are much competition.

« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2013, 09:18 »
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I'll update the partner list with this when I do my next update.  Does anyone see any dreamstime images?  That is what I had them listed as before.

Poncke

« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2013, 10:27 »
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Whats wrong with a buyer looking for (legal/true) free images ?

« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2013, 11:01 »
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I hAve been seeing more and more of these bait and switch sites. The good thing about them is at least they are sending people to the sites to buy, but then again people were attracted to the site in the first place because they were looking for free. Not sure whatnthe conversion of cheapskates to actual buyers is.


I agree, it seems like they are everywhere these days.  And the name just blurs public perception toward thinking all images should be and are free even more if they can be found using a search.

The thing that bothers me is that I know some of those images that are being given away free to attract people are actually legitimate stock image and I doubt very much that the owners are aware they are being given away free. They are also sites offering free vector images from well known artists.

Now how are all of these sites getting these free images?  I hope the micro sites are not giving our copyrighted images away "free" under the promotional guise.  Remember this response from IS.

http://www.microstockgroup.com/istockphoto-com/%27promotional-uses%27-explained/msg152637/#msg152637

"'Promotional Uses' Explained

Snip: Third-party feeds' frankly just isn't a good term. What it means is that our Business Development team has a partnership with a really cool organization, like Wordpress or Microsoft Office, and we're going to let that partner give away a limited number of free iStock images in order to drive traffic from their users over to our site. These deals are typically only giving away small sizes, and we make sure that you get attribution and links back to your work.

We understand that people don't want anything given away for free. But we think there's a real value in having our content seen by as many eyes as possible. We never give away content lightly and we spend a lot of time working out deals with partners that will bring as many new customers to iStock as we can."

ShadySue

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« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2013, 11:19 »
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Speaking as a former teacher, I spent a lot of time looking for legally free images, and I only bought a file (XS) once, because I knew it was on iS and extremely unlikely to be anywhere else.
That's not being a cheapskate, and I resent that terminology. Where would I have got the money to get upwards of 20 images per lesson, x22 per week (ish) x40 weeks? (OK, not all lessons needed that many, or even used any at all, but some needed many more.)
Anyway, micro didn't exist for most of my teaching years, and even when they did, the images are too 'set up' for school use ("that's fake" would have been the response).
I did find some of these bait and switch sites even back then, and just didn't visit them again.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2013, 11:22 by ShadySue »

RacePhoto

« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2013, 15:16 »
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I don't think they are a partner of anyone. It's one of those sites that has some free images, but most everything is just linked to legitimate stock sites. Could be working for clicks to multiple sites or referrals.

Also the free images say this...  "If you are going to redistribute this image online, a hyperlink to this particular page is mandatory."

Ads and donation links.


I'll update the partner list with this when I do my next update.  Does anyone see any dreamstime images?  That is what I had them listed as before.

« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2013, 20:09 »
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I don't think they are a partner of anyone. It's one of those sites that has some free images, but most everything is just linked to legitimate stock sites. Could be working for clicks to multiple sites or referrals.

Also the free images say this...  "If you are going to redistribute this image online, a hyperlink to this particular page is mandatory."

Ads and donation links.


I'll update the partner list with this when I do my next update.  Does anyone see any dreamstime images?  That is what I had them listed as before.



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Just referring to my list of partner sites. 
http://www.microstockgroup.com/general-stock-discussion/a-list-of-partner-programs/, where I'm trying to answer the question "Is that website ligit?"

I've chosen to define partner as anyone that has a relationship with a microstock company that results in that company appearing to have our images for sale or use.  I'm open to a better word then partner if anyone has any ideas. 

PS to add that the list just turned 2!  Did not realize it had been so long.

RacePhoto

« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2013, 08:15 »
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Don't get me wrong, I love the list and it's good to find these places, but if you look at many sites they have an API agreement and every one of us could have a link to the site, which would make us a "partner" according to your, any relationship and our images being a partner?

Everyone with a link, isn't a Partner? Or are they? See where I'm going? It kind of dilutes the whole list as information part, since it's every site in the world.


I don't think they are a partner of anyone. It's one of those sites that has some free images, but most everything is just linked to legitimate stock sites. Could be working for clicks to multiple sites or referrals.

Also the free images say this...  "If you are going to redistribute this image online, a hyperlink to this particular page is mandatory."

Ads and donation links.


I'll update the partner list with this when I do my next update.  Does anyone see any dreamstime images?  That is what I had them listed as before.



-----------------------------------

Just referring to my list of partner sites. 
http://www.microstockgroup.com/general-stock-discussion/a-list-of-partner-programs/, where I'm trying to answer the question "Is that website ligit?"

I've chosen to define partner as anyone that has a relationship with a microstock company that results in that company appearing to have our images for sale or use.  I'm open to a better word then partner if anyone has any ideas. 

PS to add that the list just turned 2!  Did not realize it had been so long.


 

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