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« on: April 23, 2020, 09:32 »
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Hi,

I've been reading these forums on occasion for sometime, particularly when I'm bored at work (don't tell my boss!) but this is my first post.

I've noticed I've had my whole catalogue of 1,200 images downloaded in one day on IStock. All by the same location, sold through Getty. I only noticed because even the older images that don't sell as well have been downloaded and when I looked through, it's every single photo I've uploaded.

The only reason I could think of someone downloading them all is to upload them elsewhere. The subject matters are so varied, I don't know why these would be useful for someone unless it's to re-sell the photos.

Am I right to be suspicious? I'm exclusive and I'm assuming iStock would have protection for this kind of thing if they were uploaded and sold elsewhere?

Thanks.


« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2020, 10:08 »
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Absolutely, contact IS - they can see who downloaded them and investigate.

« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2020, 10:27 »
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curious - did you at least get paid for the downloads? (& how much?)

but yes - if the ENTIRE thing was downloaded... sounds like either someone might be trying to re-upload/resell elsewhere... or if it is an 'unlimited' subscription (don't know if istock has that?) - maybe just archive it for their collection... (i.e., pay 1x for an unlimited subscription, get everything, instead of paying monthly, etc...)

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2020, 10:37 »
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Hi,

I've been reading these forums on occasion for sometime, particularly when I'm bored at work (don't tell my boss!) but this is my first post.

I've noticed I've had my whole catalogue of 1,200 images downloaded in one day on IStock. All by the same location, sold through Getty. I only noticed because even the older images that don't sell as well have been downloaded and when I looked through, it's every single photo I've uploaded.

The only reason I could think of someone downloading them all is to upload them elsewhere. The subject matters are so varied, I don't know why these would be useful for someone unless it's to re-sell the photos.

Am I right to be suspicious? I'm exclusive and I'm assuming iStock would have protection for this kind of thing if they were uploaded and sold elsewhere?

Thanks.

Please feed back any info you get. Are they tiny-value sales to 'California' and 'Fixed Usage Fee'? That might be via Connect, but best to get an official answer.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2020, 15:30 »
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Word is that these sales are a year's worth of Connect sales. Which confuses me, as there seem to be a few each month.
Again, smoke and mirrors.  ::)
Again, please feed back what they tell you.


 

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