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The really big problem in MicroStock is that the business model has changed over recent years, it used to be about a partnership with the Agencies to sell our work.

What has happened is that the wealthy shareholders (the people who don't pay tax) have moved into the market financializing the companies by issuing shares to these people.

This has caused a ever need, to constantly increase dividends to these people, which basically means that most of them (except Adobe) have cut our commission rates.

Essentially by not putting up the commission rates they are exploiting artists.

What's needed is a new big player in the Market, funded by the artists and able to wipe the floor with these companies, just how to achieve this, I really don't know at the moment.

Pond5 exclusive is the answer.
until pond5 starts screwing you over. And they will, only a matter of time, based on their past history.

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Hi - Derick from Vimeo here. We produced everything in the "free" Essentials collection, so we own all of that footage. Otherwise, we pay 60% to non-exclusives and 70% to exclusives. Feel free to send a link to your portfolio to derick[at]vimeo.com if you want us to consider your work!


You should ask Leaf for a verified icon. You could be anybody. Especially since you just registered today.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Terms
« on: April 11, 2019, 07:36 »
Viewed from the Adobe contributor interface, a Fotolia credit sale will say Standard; Subscriptions are at various prices - $3.30, 99 cents, 66 cents and 38 cents mostly if it's an AS sale. FT subs sales are rare these days but they're rank based.

The sales marked as Custom are from the large corporate accounts and those numbers don't follow any pattern. Today I had one for $8.40; yesterday one for $5.86. There are a lot at 38 cents marked custom too.


I have those designations when I view on my mac, but those dont show on ipad. In fact, I cant even change the dates to view April sales. April doesnt even show in the dropdown. The tablet interface needs a lot of work. Or maybe there is some convoluted way to get to the stats I am looking for and havent found yet. Too frustrating. I will check next time I am on my computer.

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You are using this forum to get what you need, why not post updates here? Now you are asking for emails? And maybe the details of who you are and the gist of the survey, so we know before we go clicking links? Your real name? Its like the other guy posting here, asking people for links to their best-selling images.  ::)

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Off Topic / Re: Nothing to see here
« on: April 10, 2019, 15:35 »
Turn infrared on, then....

 :P :D


 ;D

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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Terms
« on: April 10, 2019, 15:27 »
Does Adobe only do subs now for photos and illustrations?


Yesterday, I got a $2.64 commission. Not sure that is for a sub or not. Tried to look on my ipad. Viewing earnings on ipad is even worse than on mac.  :o

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Off Topic / Nothing to see here
« on: April 10, 2019, 14:07 »
Just curious about new posts.  8)

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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Terms
« on: April 10, 2019, 14:02 »
snip Just a note, you might have missed, Adobe did raise our commissions. Not a big number, but they raised the minimum, and o some reason, most of my subs, and I mean over 50% are 99c, some are 66c and probably the second most value is 33c. I am not a high rank or anything special from FT levels.


Since I have been back with Fotolia/Adobe, well over a year now, I have been receiving those commissions, mostly 99c and above. So I dont think this raise is anything recent.

I came back too, after AS bought FT. It was, some standardization, no more 29c subs. I don't know when the 99c thing started, but I like it!  :) Yes it's an Adobe pricing deal, so it could be from when they started the transition right after they bought FT.


Yes, I like it, too!

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Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Terms
« on: April 10, 2019, 13:54 »
snip Just a note, you might have missed, Adobe did raise our commissions. Not a big number, but they raised the minimum, and o some reason, most of my subs, and I mean over 50% are 99c, some are 66c and probably the second most value is 33c. I am not a high rank or anything special from FT levels.


Since I have been back with Fotolia/Adobe, well over a year now, I have been receiving those commissions, mostly 99c and above. So I dont think this raise is anything recent.

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Off Topic / Re: Weird question...dcr files?
« on: April 09, 2019, 15:40 »
Youve probably already done a search. https://fileinfo.com/extension/dcr


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Dreamstime.com / Re: Request for web extended license (W-EL)
« on: April 08, 2019, 19:26 »
I got an email from no_reply@dreamstime.com wich is from March.22, landed in spam,

A potential buyer would like to purchase one of your files with exclusive rights SR-EL.

I have 72h to remove them from other agencies, well that would take more than 72h,

The image sells very well, dont know what to do.


Depends on how much they are willing to pay you for that.

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I was expecting for him/her to ask to be able to use some images for free.  :o

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Fair Royalty Split
« on: April 04, 2019, 20:25 »
So far it confirms that our original choice of 60/40 is a good one.

If you are interested in contributing, please message me a link to your portfolio. Once we are ready to invite you, and you have the kind of images we are interested in, I'll give you a shout!

Just a hint, we are more interested in artistic, dramatic, moody, atmospheric imagery in different genres. Creative, inspiring, conceptual, alternative lifestyle, natural, candid, fantasy, sensual, couples, unique travel imagery, holistically healthy, mindful, enlightening or dark and magical etc. Conventional lifestyle and corporate imagery is of little interest to us. Thought provoking is the keyword. I should mention that images we select cannot be with microstock. Sorry for that but that's our decision.

Thank you for participating in the poll!
Alex
You should probably say who you are, what your terms are, how about anything about the agency?  I'm not sure having a poll up for 3 hours here is the best way to decide how to run an agency and what you pay should be based on a little more than that don't you think?  It's kind of a big important business decision.
I'll also add that being secretive is not a good way to start out.  If you are serious you need to prove that.


 Not to mention marketing and advertising budget and plan. I am amazed at the people who will turn their images over to anybody who shows up and asks for them. The OP just registered on this site today! DANGER! RED FLAGS!

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It was my understanding that Shuttersock only takes copyright complaints from copyright holders. So unless someone finds their own work being stolen, they cant just report something on someone elses say so.

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LOL. Right. You are always right.  ;)




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See Seans answer no. 1. Wonder why you didnt argue with him? Rhetorical question, I know why. ;)

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Right, we dont need you, nor an IT, SEO, accountant, customer support, marketing, social media and advertising speacialists.
We can do it all by ourselves! What a wonderful world :)

Even updating those free plugins by third parties when the next WP update comes out can become a nightmare.

Please, dont make it seem so unrealistically easy, because its not.

It can be done!
But I want to do photography and videography :)


Exactly! Heck, practically every time wordpress has an update it breaks something in the few sites I maintain. Of course it can be done. But its a whole other career from photography.

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Please don't make a big issue of everything. Professionally I do websites, daily privacy policies and GDPR compliance for my customers; there are ready-made plugins to make all you say, including VAT transaction for every country: not only that, but they also check it against the customer's IP address: it is really a breeze  :)

But you have expertise..most here are photographers, not website gurus, and dont want to be. It kinda sounds like you are here to advertise and sell your services, not contribute to the actual topic of uniting photographers.   ::)

but this TOPIC is about uniting! and one of the needs if we want to offer an alternative is to hear about successful approaches.  symbiostock was a good approach, but it never produced enough sales and growth stalled - we needed a thousand+ sites, not the hundreds we had in order to attract buyers.  it was a relatively easy path to setting up your own website so any new try must be even simpler

{rant}
as far as people not knowing how to work the web -- photographers have been moaning for decades now about how digital has ruined their lives.   if you dont learn the new ways you will always be at the mercy of those who do - whether agencies or unions.  the microstock BUSINESS is about more than 'just shooting'  - I doubt anyone spends more time shooting than editing and uploading - those are computer tasks everyone now takes for granted.  (how many non-photogs even know what iptc and ftp are?)  those tasks were simplified by LR and FileZilla, before that pioneers wrote their own apps.  new tools are arriving for building and maintaining websites.  we're not there yet, but the other choice (perfectly acceptable) is to continue to let the agencies handle all the fiddly bits.
{/rant}

As has been said a few times in this thread already, if someone wants to do something and present it and show how it will unite/benefit/make money for contributors and put the agencies out of business, I say bring it on. I dont see that happening.

You said it best... were not there yet.

And by the way, my other job was building websites, mostly html and wordpress, so I know how to build a site. Its not easy. When wordpress first came out, it was being marketed as software anybody could use to build a site. It just isnt that easy. And even after its built, its a full-time job marketing and getting customers. You were already in that whole business, so sure, when symbiostock came along, you saw opportunity and you took full advantage. It was easy for you. Not everybody has the same leg up.

And symbiostock did not do what it was marketed to do either. It was a try, it failed, no point in rehashing.



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Adobe Stock / Re: Change to sales notification email
« on: March 30, 2019, 11:35 »
Disappointed.  I do not want to see my best sellers.  I want to see what is selling.  I have been getting one email with image of one photo only though sold more which I can tell through total $$ figure.  I like to see what particular images are selling.
I liked getting indovidual emails.  Sure would be nice to get that option back even if it is opt in.

Daily digest of what sold, not top seller of the day.

 Thats how I understand it, too. But the best seller wording is a little confusing. They should just say sales for the day. Then the link to the sales page to see more.

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The OP didnt ask about NASA or public domain images. They asked about downloading other peoples images and using those.

They asked about world maps. Since basically all world map imagery is based on or use the original NASA images, it felt relevant. :)

Not too many people have been up in space to see for themselves.

And it's still not true that you have to own the copyright to everything in your images since you in fact are allowed to use NASA images.


You just cant let that NASA thing go, can you? LOL.


Reread. Do I have the right to buy a stock image of a world map and then use it in my stock videos and put it for sale in stock agencies ? Keyword...buy.

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No. Everything in a video or image that you upload to a stock site to sell, you need to own copyright to. You wont be the copyright holder of the image you download.

Not true, as evidenced by the thousands of images and videos using these maps from NASA.


The OP didnt ask about NASA or public domain images. They asked about downloading other peoples images and using those.

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Some of your model images border on porn and child porn. I hope your female models are of legal age, some look childlike. Jumping goldfish has been replaced by people making hearts with their hands. Ugh.

Some are useable stock, though. I agree, way too many similars.

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But now it takes much more legal work:
I live in European Union and it is practically impossible (without tools like Shopify) to track VAT transactions for every sale from every country, because % changes by customer's location. And keep all the info about transactions/customers for few years, in the meantime being complied with GDPR, etc. And all the tax work that follows it - you can't do it without an accountant.

Please don't make a big issue of everything. Professionally I do websites, daily privacy policies and GDPR compliance for my customers; there are ready-made plugins to make all you say, including VAT transaction for every country: not only that, but they also check it against the customer's IP address: it is really a breeze  :)


But you have expertise..most here are photographers, not website gurus, and dont want to be. It kinda sounds like you are here to advertise and sell your services, not contribute to the actual topic of uniting photographers.   ::)

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It doesnt take guts to start ones own website. It takes lots of time, marketing and advertising expertise, and money. There are a bunch of people here who did this years ago, unfortunately not too successfully. It takes money to compete for search engine visibility, against the big guys. And no, I am NOT saying it cant be done. I am saying that most people are photographers and want to spend their time taking photos, NOT sitting behind the computer 24/7 farting around with website work. Good for you if you have it all and can be successful at it.

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No. Everything in a video or image that you upload to a stock site to sell, you need to own copyright to. You wont be the copyright holder of the image you download.


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