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« on: August 01, 2016, 20:35 »
Hallo, sorry for my bad English.

As you all know the excuse for almost the whole of agencies when you find some of your images has been stolen is to answer "you're not exclusive with us: we don't know if your image has been stolen from a customer of us or someone else's customer". And have done with it.

But automated processes on a server are a standard for a lot of works for each and every agency. They add a watermark, clean or check metadata automatically, create thumbnails and mysteryously sellable 300dpi TIFFs (when you give them JPG... is there anyboudy outthere unable to convert a uncompressed JPG in a TIFF?) ... and so on.

Why can't EACH of the agencies insert (and let US contributors check this) a digital watermark? Every agency could have their own, some invisible but impossible-to-remove watermark, or simply a metadata (for stupid thieves: I think there are plenty) ...

They HAVE to do something to protect their and OUR content: we strive, struggle and manage to achieve and fulfill each and every request in quality or standard they ask us. And this is right, I know: it's our part.

But they have to better do THEIR part. It seems they are ready to attack us (read all the legal stuff) for a jot ... but when it comes to PROTECT us and our (contributor+agency) content ... they can't hear a thing.

So: It's time to ask TOP, middle and the first 20 low earners to actively do something (and give us some goals they are going to achieve) about this, don't you think?

I think this post have to be visible in more than one of these forums ... admin? What do you think?

« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2016, 10:32 »
I don't think it's technically possible to have metadata or a watermark embedded that cannot be removed. Like any digital file, it could be decrypted/hacked/altered so there's no trace left of the watermark of digital origin.

« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2016, 11:04 »

They were very pricey the last time I looked, but back then their website had real info on what they actually do.  This is kinda vague and they are prodding you to call to get pricing.


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