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« on: April 09, 2024, 09:07 »
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Hi,

I wanted to share an unfortunate incident that happened with my content. After uploading some of my videos to Artlist, I discovered that someone had uploaded some of them on Shutterstock. I have already reported the issue to Shutterstock and requested them to remove my clips. The thief has a portfolio of 4,573 stolen clips at https://www.shutterstock.com/g/bismil048/video?q.

I am dismayed that this has happened to me, especially since I had only uploaded around 50 clips to Artlist. It is alarming how rampant this practice of content theft is on the platform.

I wanted to ask if anyone has any experience with this kind of situation. Does anyone know if Shutterstock will only remove the clips I reported, or if they will also shut down the fraudulent account? I hope that Shutterstock takes immediate action to shut down accounts involved in such practices, considering the hard work that goes into creating quality content.

Daniel


« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2024, 12:11 »
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I'm sorry this happened to you. Unfortunately, no one is immune to this situation, although there is already knowledge to develop AI tools that could help prevent some situations.

Anyway... Every time I see this happening it reminds me why I avoid uploading to sites that allow unlimited content downloads. Although the profit that can be made is tempting, the truth is that the consequences will probably not be worth it afterwards.

I don't think they will cancel account but I hope they remove your clips asap.

« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2024, 14:27 »
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Sorry to hear that although this has happened to me quite a few times. Shuttersock will NOT remove the account if it is one or two stollen clips ( I am talking from experience) but it will do so if there are many stolen clips there. Just write them and best of luck to sorting this out in your favor.

« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2024, 19:08 »
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Hi,

I wanted to share an unfortunate incident that happened with my content. After uploading some of my videos to Artlist, I discovered that someone had uploaded some of them on Shutterstock. I have already reported the issue to Shutterstock and requested them to remove my clips. The thief has a portfolio of 4,573 stolen clips at https://www.shutterstock.com/g/bismil048/video?q.

I am dismayed that this has happened to me, especially since I had only uploaded around 50 clips to Artlist. It is alarming how rampant this practice of content theft is on the platform.

I wanted to ask if anyone has any experience with this kind of situation. Does anyone know if Shutterstock will only remove the clips I reported, or if they will also shut down the fraudulent account? I hope that Shutterstock takes immediate action to shut down accounts involved in such practices, considering the hard work that goes into creating quality content.

Daniel


Honestly, I'm surprised you are surprised.  Contents from unlimited download sites like Artlist and StoryBlocks are downloaded and uploaded by thieves all the time.  It just doesn't stop.  You may see your clips somewhere on YouTube and the thief may be monetizing it saying "Royalty free stock footage".  Shutterstock or Adobe Stock usually shut down the entire portfolio of thieves.  So, it's a cat and mouse game.

https://tineye.com/search/b9a54938e5657bb36097855c98c87d573656446b?sort=crawl_date&order=desc&page=1

« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2024, 19:12 »
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Thief's profile page is funny.  I think I've seen this name before.

https://www.shutterstock.com/g/bismil048/about

"bismil048
Videographer
With a passion for storytelling and a keen eye for detail, Muhammad Naseem has established themselves as a versatile and skilled videographer, adept at curating compelling visual narratives across a wide spectrum of video styles.

From breath-taking cinematic landscapes to intimate moments of human connection, Muhammad Naseem possesses the creative vision and technical expertise to transform ideas into captivating moving images. Their work spans across a diverse range of video categories:

1. Documentary Filmmaking: Muhammad Naseem dives deep into the essence of every subject, weaving engaging narratives that educate, inspire, and provoke thought.

2. Event Videography: Be it weddings, corporate events, or live performances, Muhammad Naseem expertly captures the atmosphere, emotions, and energy of every occasion.

3. Commercial and Advertising: Working with brands and businesses, Muhammad Naseem crafts compelling visuals that tell unique brand stories and drive engagement.

4. Travel and Adventure: A wanderlust-driven spirit, Muhammad Naseem brings far-off destinations and thrilling escapades to life through stunning videography.

5. Music Videos: Collaborating with musicians and artists, Muhammad Naseem creates visually striking music videos that harmonize with the rhythm of the music.

6. Stock Videography: Muhammad Naseem is a prolific contributor to stock video libraries, offering a diverse range of high-quality footage that serves as a valuable resource for content creators.

In every project, Muhammad Naseem combines technical expertise, artistic flair, and a commitment to storytelling, ensuring that every frame captures the essence of the moment. Their dedication to their craft has resulted in a portfolio brimming with visual narratives that transcend the ordinary and inspire viewers."

« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2024, 19:42 »
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Evaristo tenscadisto and bennu99,

Thank you for your kind comments.

I reported 13 stolen clips in the complaint I submitted to Shutterstock. I hope that Shutterstock will take immediate action to shut down the account.

Although the money from Artlist is tempting, I'm seriously reevaluating whether it's worth it. Someone mentioned that checking for uploaded content on other stock agencies and submitting takedowns is part of the deal. It took me an hour to submit my complaint to Shutterstock, which could have been used for something more productive.

I also sent a message to the Artlist team inquiring about their system for dealing with such situations. I don't expect a great answer, but I informed them that this experience has made me hesitant to upload more content.

blvdone

I'm surprised because it has happened so quickly (within weeks of uploading the clips) and with only 50 clips uploaded to Artlist. I thought this only happens to bestsellers over time. Well, now I can say it also happens to newly uploaded content.

By the way, if anyone here is on Blackbox, please let them know that this clip

https://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-3402980789-warp-drive-space-wormhole-hyper-speed-abstract

is from them

https://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-1106970727-cosmic-tunnel-light-through-nebulas-seamless-loop?irclickid=TO1wVsSDkxyPW08Tdkxih2SYUkHRKJ3mfSYbxg0&irgwc=1&pl=77643-108110&utm_campaign=TinEye&utm_content=108110&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_source=77643&utm_term=

« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2024, 19:45 »
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By the way, if anyone here is on Blackbox, please let them know that this clip ...


I think SS accepts take down requests from anyone, so you don't have to submit a take down request only for your own clips.

« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2024, 19:58 »
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I think SS accepts take down requests from anyone, so you don't have to submit a take down request only for your own clips.

I was able to report 13 of my stolen clips, but it took me an hour to do so. Unfortunately, I don't have enough time to report all 4000+ stolen clips in that portfolio.

On another note, could you confirm if this is one of your clips?

https://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-3393846599-stock-market-graph-screen?irclickid=TO1wVsSDkxyPW08Tdkxih2SYUkHRKcUufSYbxg0&irgwc=1&pl=77643-108110&utm_campaign=TinEye&utm_content=108110&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_source=77643&utm_term

« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2024, 21:51 »
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The solution actually would be pretty simple.
(a) Don't allow signups from east india (because that tends to be the "business model" there, steal as much as you can, pass it off as your own and hope you don't get caught. if you do, fake an id to make another account and do the same thing). of course, it's not "only" east indians, and not "all" of them do that - but educated (& experienced) guess I'd say is about 60-75%. Another 30% tends to be from very specific arabic countries.
(b) Super easy to vet anyone from submitting another's work.

But - part of the "game" right now is a bunch of pyschos trying to push the "digitalID" - so they WANT people stealing - because then they can manipulate people into "demanding" that their content be kept safe... look @ blackrock/vangaurd/alladin project/wef/un/etc...

But it is actually quite easy to prevent that kind of thing from happening.
« Last Edit: April 09, 2024, 22:24 by SuperPhoto »

« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2024, 21:58 »
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Evaristo tenscadisto and bennu99,

Thank you for your kind comments.

I reported 13 stolen clips in the complaint I submitted to Shutterstock. I hope that Shutterstock will take immediate action to shut down the account.

Although the money from Artlist is tempting, I'm seriously reevaluating whether it's worth it. Someone mentioned that checking for uploaded content on other stock agencies and submitting takedowns is part of the deal. It took me an hour to submit my complaint to Shutterstock, which could have been used for something more productive.

I also sent a message to the Artlist team inquiring about their system for dealing with such situations. I don't expect a great answer, but I informed them that this experience has made me hesitant to upload more content.

blvdone

I'm surprised because it has happened so quickly (within weeks of uploading the clips) and with only 50 clips uploaded to Artlist. I thought this only happens to bestsellers over time. Well, now I can say it also happens to newly uploaded content.

By the way, if anyone here is on Blackbox, please let them know that this clip

https://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-3402980789-warp-drive-space-wormhole-hyper-speed-abstract

is from them

https://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-1106970727-cosmic-tunnel-light-through-nebulas-seamless-loop?irclickid=TO1wVsSDkxyPW08Tdkxih2SYUkHRKJ3mfSYbxg0&irgwc=1&pl=77643-108110&utm_campaign=TinEye&utm_content=108110&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_source=77643&utm_term=

That means your clips are of high quality so that the thief see potential!!

« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2024, 22:00 »
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I think SS accepts take down requests from anyone, so you don't have to submit a take down request only for your own clips.

I was able to report 13 of my stolen clips, but it took me an hour to do so. Unfortunately, I don't have enough time to report all 4000+ stolen clips in that portfolio.

On another note, could you confirm if this is one of your clips?

https://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-3393846599-stock-market-graph-screen?irclickid=TO1wVsSDkxyPW08Tdkxih2SYUkHRKcUufSYbxg0&irgwc=1&pl=77643-108110&utm_campaign=TinEye&utm_content=108110&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_source=77643&utm_term

Just report the entire account as thief's account with a few examples.  They'll take down the entire portfolio.

« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2024, 22:01 »
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The solution actually would be pretty simple.
(a) Don't allow signups from east india (because that tends to be the "business model"). of course, it's not "only" east indians - but educated (& experienced) guess I'd say is about 60-75%. Another 30% tends to be from very specific arabic countries.
(b) Super easy to vet anyone from submitting another's work.

But - part of the "game" right now is a bunch of pyschos trying to push the "digitalID" - so they WANT people stealing - because then they can manipulate people into "demanding" that their content be kept safe... look @ blackrock/vangaurd/alladin project/wef/un/etc...

But it is actually quite easy to prevent that kind of thing from happening.


Many thieves are from Pakistan.

« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2024, 00:23 »
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Just report the entire account as thief's account with a few examples.  They'll take down the entire portfolio.

Do you recommend sending an email or fill in their form?

« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2024, 05:15 »
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Just report the entire account as thief's account with a few examples.  They'll take down the entire portfolio.

Do you recommend sending an email or fill in their form?

Email to [email protected].

I've reported many fraud accounts.  They closed the accounts quick.

« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2024, 06:13 »
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On another note, could you confirm if this is one of your clips?



Yes, it is.  Thanks for bringing it to my attention.  I'll submit a DCMA takedown request.

BTW, here's my "form" letter I send to Shutterstock when I come across one of my clips.  You can list multiple infringements in one letter.  Feel free to use and modify for your needs.


« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2024, 07:07 »
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BTW, here's my "form" letter I send to Shutterstock when I come across one of my clips.  You can list multiple infringements in one letter.  Feel free to use and modify for your needs.
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Out of interest, do they ever disclose the identity and contact information of the third party?

Also, your points under "To comply with the DMCA: are numbered 1, 4, 5 instead of 1, 2, 3.

« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2024, 07:09 »
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Out of interest, do they ever disclose the identity and contact information of the third party?

Never.

Also, your points under "To comply with the DMCA: are numbered 1, 4, 5 instead of 1, 2, 3.

That must have been a mistake when I made the file generic to post here.  You should probably fix it before you send it.

« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2024, 19:06 »
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BTW, here's my "form" letter I send to Shutterstock when I come across one of my clips.  You can list multiple infringements in one letter.  Feel free to use and modify for your needs.

Thank you for this. Ill make sure to use it when needed.

Do you know if there is a service provided by a third party to check if clips from our portfolio has been uploaded to agencies? Does such a service exist?

« Reply #18 on: April 10, 2024, 23:42 »
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You can try Pixsy: https://www.pixsy.com/. For videos what I do is create thumbnail (1-2) that are most likely to recognize it. It works for me but it is just too much work. They send you monthly email of what is going on - you you can check that yourself on their site. However it is another case if you can chase the thief with them (as they claim). I have heard some people did not manage to do so because the image/artwork is on a stock agency site. For videos I am not sure if they can help at all. I do it purely to see what is going on.

« Reply #19 on: April 11, 2024, 03:32 »
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Hi,

I wanted to share an unfortunate incident that happened with my content. After uploading some of my videos to Artlist, I discovered that someone had uploaded some of them on Shutterstock. I have already reported the issue to Shutterstock and requested them to remove my clips. The thief has a portfolio of 4,573 stolen clips at https://www.shutterstock.com/g/bismil048/video?q.

I am dismayed that this has happened to me, especially since I had only uploaded around 50 clips to Artlist. It is alarming how rampant this practice of content theft is on the platform.

I wanted to ask if anyone has any experience with this kind of situation. Does anyone know if Shutterstock will only remove the clips I reported, or if they will also shut down the fraudulent account? I hope that Shutterstock takes immediate action to shut down accounts involved in such practices, considering the hard work that goes into creating quality content.

Daniel

Well i`m surprised that you are surprised, after all the stories you have seen happening here on the forum. Thats why i deleted all my content on the unlimited agencies, and still does thieves continue to upload my content, cause remeber once they have it, they will have it forever.
Since you just startet you still have the chance to bring this to an end before the rest of your port gets stolen as well.
But i know that from myself, sometimes its just not enough by seeing it happen to others, we somehow believe it will not happen to us, before it actually happens. But i still wish to be in your position, and not have my entire port stolen forever.
I wish you best of luck despite what happend to you now, and if you look at it from the right perspective its actually positive it happend to you, because now you know its true and it will continue to happen if you upload to such platforms, so you can protect your content by making the right decisions in the future.

« Reply #20 on: April 11, 2024, 03:53 »
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I've let Blackbox know, I'm a contributor there.

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2024, 14:25 »
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Thief's profile page is funny.  I think I've seen this name before.

https://www.shutterstock.com/g/bismil048/about

"bismil048
Videographer
With a passion for storytelling and a keen eye for detail, Muhammad Naseem has established themselves as a versatile and skilled videographer, adept at curating compelling visual narratives across a wide spectrum of video styles.


I think you are remembering right.

Could be someone just picked a common name. "Muhammad Naseem" would be like me using John Smith? Here's part of the connection, 99 per million babies in 2000 were named Naseem, and  Muhammad, is probably the most common given name in the world, including variations.

But the whole list and claims, have been repeated before on other accounts, in the identical manner.

I can assume, without too much stretching or improbable guessing, that this person or group, has an archive of stolen materials. When one is shut down, they get a new ID, real or fake, create a new identity and upload everything again, and make money, until they are caught. Then they do the same over again.

Never ending Whac-A-Mole.

If it's on SS, they probably claim to be from Andora.  ;)

« Reply #22 on: April 11, 2024, 20:44 »
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Since you just startet you still have the chance to bring this to an end before the rest of your port gets stolen as well.

This was an interesting yet painful experience. I've only uploaded 40 clips to Artlist. I will not upload any more clips for now.

« Reply #23 on: April 12, 2024, 02:13 »
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I've let Blackbox know, I'm a contributor there.

I also sent an email to Blackbox and received a prompt response stating that they are aware of the issue and are currently investigating it. This morning, I received an email from Patrick McGowan, the CEO and co-founder of Blackbox, asking me to provide further details, particularly about my video clips.

It's good to see that Blackbox takes this matter seriously and is actively taking steps to address it.

« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2024, 00:13 »
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Shutterstock closed the account.


 

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