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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2023, 08:38 »
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I postet a link in German groups, so people can check if they are affected and tell istock if any of the stolen images are theirs.

I am surprised that these things still happen. Hopefully with the help of ai, thieves will soon be found more quickly.

Every agency could one day do a port check after the first 100, or 500 uploads and then eliminate the thieves automatically.

Do that for a year and the attempts will go down drastically.

« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2023, 09:42 »
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Thanks for posting these - have you/are you going to contact iStock about it? Edited to add that I created a support ticket at iStock for this portfolio. Can't hurt to report again even if you already did :)

iStock has zero excuse for this nonsense. In every one of the items you posted - EVERY SINGLE ONE - the first item in the "Similar images" link is the original author's image.

iStock doesn't need any new software at all to catch lazy thieves - they can use their own existing feature and weed this out instantly. Port suspended after the first catch and if there's more than one incident, portfolio closed and user banned.

It's not hard. They just need to give a sh!t
« Last Edit: July 26, 2023, 13:15 by Jo Ann Snover »

« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2023, 13:01 »
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Thanks for posting!
iStock should close this thief's portfolio immediately.

I postet a link in German groups, so people can check if they are affected and tell istock if any of the stolen images are theirs.

I am surprised that these things still happen. Hopefully with the help of ai, thieves will soon be found more quickly.

Every agency could one day do a port check after the first 100, or 500 uploads and then eliminate the thieves automatically.

Do that for a year and the attempts will go down drastically.

« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2023, 14:36 »
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The iStock copyright team replied, asking me for image links or numbers so they could investigate. I had already given them a link to this thread. And pointed out that the first "similar" image points to the original for every image I checked.

I replied with 4 more links - the first four images of the 905-image portfolio - all of which are stolen, all from different contributors and told them I wasn't going to do all 905 as I think this set of 5 + 4 links should be adequate. We'll see what happens...

The stolen image is first, the original second in each pair. All original upload dates are earlier than the thiefs upload date

https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/health-technology-healthcare-and-medicine-concept-gm1518542373-524430585
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/doctor-shows-global-health-care-gm1220632511-357499797

https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/global-network-connection-modern-world-technology-background-gm1522761463-524695705
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/global-network-technology-gm1155359709-314505269

https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/health-technology-healthcare-and-medicine-concept-gm1518548681-524430626
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/digital-technology-gm1143201403-306918584

https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/health-technology-healthcare-and-medicine-concept-gm1518545504-524430606
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/concept-of-cardiology-and-heart-health-gm684977302-125737733

It looks as though the same person used to have a SS portfolio, but that's already down

https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Abdulbayzid

Edited to add that I received another reply from iStock saying that they've removed the images I reported (i.e. the above 4) and are in the process of terminating the relationship with the contributor. The 5 reported by the OP are still there so far. I hope tomorrow morning the whole portfolio will be gone.
« Last Edit: July 26, 2023, 20:12 by Jo Ann Snover »

« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2023, 16:35 »
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Thank you so much!!

The iStock copyright team replied, asking me for image links or numbers so they could investigate. I had already given them a link to this thread. And pointed out that the first "similar" image points to the original for every image I checked.

I replied with 4 more links - the first four images of the 905-image portfolio - all of which are stolen, all from different contributors and told them I wasn't going to do all 905 as I think this set of 5 + 4 links should be adequate. We'll see what happens...

The stolen image is first, the original second in each pair. All original upload dates are earlier than the thiefs upload date

https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/health-technology-healthcare-and-medicine-concept-gm1518542373-524430585
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/doctor-shows-global-health-care-gm1220632511-357499797

https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/global-network-connection-modern-world-technology-background-gm1522761463-524695705
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/global-network-technology-gm1155359709-314505269

https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/health-technology-healthcare-and-medicine-concept-gm1518548681-524430626
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/digital-technology-gm1143201403-306918584

https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/health-technology-healthcare-and-medicine-concept-gm1518545504-524430606
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/concept-of-cardiology-and-heart-health-gm684977302-125737733

« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2023, 19:23 »
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Looks like some images are already gone, port and 900 files still there.

They will get it done.

« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2023, 16:10 »
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This is a fast growing port.
Now it has 999 files.  >:(

Looks like some images are already gone, port and 900 files still there.

They will get it done.

« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2023, 17:46 »
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This is a fast growing port.
Now it has 999 files.  >:(

Looks like some images are already gone, port and 900 files still there.

They will get it done.

Yep, it was 16 pages yesterday and 17 today.

« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2023, 18:53 »
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iStock's email said they were terminating their relationship with this guy - possibly these were already in the queue?

They're stolen, but some from other sites, for example:

https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/happy-halloween-banner-or-party-invitation-background-with-clouds-bats-and-pumpkins-gm1570497294-527910014
https://depositphotos.com/217005610/stock-photo-halloween-candies-paper-decorations-purple.html

https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/happy-halloween-banner-or-party-invitation-background-with-clouds-bats-and-pumpkins-gm1570521253-527910080
https://xsj.699pic.com/tupian/09bvqq.html

https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/happy-halloween-banner-or-party-invitation-background-with-clouds-bats-and-pumpkins-gm1570519064-527910077
https://depositphotos.com/125158348/stock-photo-spooky-halloween-pumpkins-on-wooden.html

https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/happy-halloween-banner-or-party-invitation-background-with-clouds-bats-and-pumpkins-gm1570518475-527910053
https://www.canstockphoto.com/pumpkins-background-16130289.html

https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/happy-halloween-banner-or-party-invitation-background-with-clouds-bats-and-pumpkins-gm1570499945-527910019
https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/happy-halloween-holiday-concept-halloween-decorations-pumpkins-bats-ghosts-on-orange-gm1171184656-324381214

I've sent a reply to the iStock admin with these new links.

Edited July 28 to add that I received a reply from istock - in essence, we're working on it:
"As previously mentioned, we are in the process of terminating the relationship with the contributor. Once it is completed all content will be removed."
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« Last Edit: July 28, 2023, 12:42 by Jo Ann Snover »

« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2023, 02:33 »
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What is the iStock admin's email address?
I will contact them too.

I've sent a reply to the iStock admin with these new links.

« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2023, 07:49 »
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What is the iStock admin's email address?
I will contact them too.

I've sent a reply to the iStock admin with these new links.

Probably best to start with the general copyright complaint email - there isn't a case ID number or anything to identify my complaint.

[email protected]


ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2023, 15:52 »
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Well done, JoAnne!

Sorry, your search returned zero results for
Thanks for finding this, Stvagna

« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2023, 16:04 »
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I don't think I get a thank-you yet - I see 1,103 images now in his portfolio. More have been added this afternoon, and they're all stolen too (based on a spot check of a few).

Here's what I see on page 1

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2023, 14:57 »
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I don't think I get a thank-you yet - I see 1,103 images now in his portfolio. More have been added this afternoon, and they're all stolen too (based on a spot check of a few).

Here's what I see on page 1

Sorry, I checked back and Editorial remained ticked from a previous search there.  :-[
IS absolutely should take the port down, but sometimes they seem to wait until an actual infringed producer complains in person.
« Last Edit: July 30, 2023, 20:30 by ShadySue »

« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2023, 03:28 »
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I am surprised the port is still there.

At some point they will deactivate it, but why does it take so long?

Other places zap them immediately, especially if like here literally every file is stolen.

« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2023, 07:49 »
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Yesterday there was even one more picture added, but this morning, I'm getting 404 errors if I click on anything in this guy's portfolio, so I think it's imploding.

And I thought it was totally out of line that they continued acceptances of new work after the reports of theft. It went from 905 to 999 to 1,103 to 1,104

Here's what I'm seeing this morning

« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2023, 08:04 »
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Looks like finally it has been terminated.


 

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