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PaulieWalnuts

  • On the Wrong Side of the Business
« Reply #25 on: December 22, 2017, 08:28 »
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Haaahaha, classic. We've reached a new milestone. Now even the thieves are saying there's no money in microstock.
« Last Edit: December 22, 2017, 10:55 by PaulieWalnuts »


« Reply #26 on: December 22, 2017, 08:38 »
+2
Somebody wants attention.

Already two pages of thread.
Unfortunately I think that he got it

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Well, 75% of the posts are from the thread author ;)

Noedelhap

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« Reply #27 on: December 22, 2017, 09:08 »
+2
Well, time to retire.

No more money in it. Thanks for the easy pickins...

Ask me anything

All I ask is that you keep doing what you're doing. After all, it's Christmas, a time for sharing. I think I speak for all of us when I say: it's not the money that makes me happy, it's the fuzzy feeling I get when I know others are enjoying my work as well!

« Reply #28 on: December 22, 2017, 09:18 »
0
Well, he was amusing while he lasted. 

He (or she) posted useful information about weaknesses in image security, nothing really new, though.

And, 50%, forging model releases, property releases, or other image documentation is absurdly easy.  It always amused me when Shutterstock asked for image references for my illustrations.  All the reference image would prove is that I have some minor skills with editing programs, which I had already shown by submitting the eps and matching jpg file properly.

Forged releases would probably not stand up under scrutiny, but as Mark Hofmann pointed out, if you do it right, your work never gets examined.

« Reply #29 on: December 22, 2017, 09:32 »
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I thought I should add this.

I started to make the previous post using the word "fake", but corrected it to "forgery", which is the correct term.

It occurred to me that some submitters might have made the error of thinking that fudging on documentation was no big deal.  A model release gets rejected because the dates don't all match, and it's tempting to just paste in a new date.  After all, it was supposed to be that way. That is actually forgery.  It's a forgery that probably will never be challenged and examined, but it is.

Making up a model release for some street person you are sure won't ever see their picture in use, so you can sell the picture, is a felony.

Committing a felony just to get a couple more images into your portfolio is not a practical decision.

Just so you know, when I was remarking about how simple the act is, I wasn't condoning it.  Just pointing out that thieves probably also commit forgery with the same smugness. 

« Reply #30 on: December 22, 2017, 10:46 »
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Somebody wants attention.

I've moved on...

MS has dried up. Over saturated. Lots of good work...being sold for pennies.

the only thing i agree. this december is appalling despite hard work. next year will be even worse, with thousand of contributor from ukraine russia enjoying the business paying penny for producing images.
if micro stock don't change and put a limit of upload or stop accepting contributor te only way to make money is yours.

« Reply #31 on: December 22, 2017, 10:47 »
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Haaahaha, classic. We've reached a new milestone. Now even the thieves are even saying there's no money in microstock.

ahahah
even if you give the image free you won't manage to sell a lot:)...

PaulieWalnuts

  • On the Wrong Side of the Business
« Reply #32 on: December 22, 2017, 11:03 »
+1
Somebody wants attention.

I've moved on...

MS has dried up. Over saturated. Lots of good work...being sold for pennies.

the only thing i agree. this december is appalling despite hard work. next year will be even worse, with thousand of contributor from ukraine russia enjoying the business paying penny for producing images.
if micro stock don't change and put a limit of upload or stop accepting contributor te only way to make money is yours.

There are still tons of new contributors joining to submit a bazillion images. So for the agencies this means they can continue to come up with new schemes that increase their profits and reduce contributor commissions and everything is wonderful. For them anyway. For the contributors living in places with lower cost of living who are still doing well it's only a matter of time before the drops hit them too.

« Reply #33 on: December 22, 2017, 12:04 »
+1
Somebody wants attention.

I've moved on...

MS has dried up. Over saturated. Lots of good work...being sold for pennies.

the only thing i agree. this december is appalling despite hard work. next year will be even worse, with thousand of contributor from ukraine russia enjoying the business paying penny for producing images.
if micro stock don't change and put a limit of upload or stop accepting contributor te only way to make money is yours.

There are still tons of new contributors joining to submit a bazillion images. So for the agencies this means they can continue to come up with new schemes that increase their profits and reduce contributor commissions and everything is wonderful. For them anyway. For the contributors living in places with lower cost of living who are still doing well it's only a matter of time before the drops hit them too.

Absolutely. I have been saying this for some time.  Agencies will always have plenty of content even in the face of protests because of those new contributors. Thus the plans agencies come up with will most assuredly keep chipping away at royalties.


 

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