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« on: November 09, 2013, 10:06 »
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It would be interesting to know how many exclusive contributors quit IS exclusive status this year.
Any info?
And You?


« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2013, 10:23 »
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that would be interesting to know but without them coming forward is going to be hard

mlwinphoto

« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2013, 10:24 »
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I did.

I guess I should add....no regrets.
« Last Edit: November 09, 2013, 14:47 by mlwinphoto »

« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2013, 11:33 »
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2013, 12:41 »
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Me. Wasn't going to, but after Microsoft and Google Drive...and looking how the year developped I am glad I did. Losing E+ would have driven me crazy.

« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2013, 18:17 »
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Me. Never regret it.

PaulieWalnuts

  • On the Wrong Side of the Business
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2013, 07:13 »
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Me. Wasn't going to, but after Microsoft and Google Drive...and looking how the year developped I am glad I did. Losing E+ would have driven me crazy.

Can you still submit through your Getty house contract that you got through IS? Or is it frozen or removed?

« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2013, 07:23 »
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I terminated the contract. It was my decision, not theirs. After google drive it just didnt feel right. Very professional communication with the Getty team though.
However, through westend61 some of my files will probably be going into the Getty network again. But at least I have a local partner to work with and my files might find themselves on other macro sites as well.

PaulieWalnuts

  • On the Wrong Side of the Business
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2013, 09:25 »
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So even though you dropped IS exclusive they would have allowed you to keep the house contract and still submit? Is the house contract considered independent of IS?

« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2013, 10:55 »
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I think so. It is a different contract after all.

If your files sell, why should they cancel it?

lisafx

« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2013, 15:00 »
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I think so. It is a different contract after all.

If your files sell, why should they cancel it?

Agree that there doesn't seem to be a reason for them to cancel your Getty contract, but it does pose an interesting situation.  The Getty contract is limited to Istock exclusives.  Non-exclusives can't apply through Istock.  Perhaps that will change.  I hope so. 

« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2013, 15:06 »
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I terminated the contract. It was my decision, not theirs. After google drive it just didnt feel right. Very professional communication with the Getty team though.
However, through westend61 some of my files will probably be going into the Getty network again. But at least I have a local partner to work with and my files might find themselves on other macro sites as well.

I don't understand why you would cancel it and then have your work uploaded there anyhow via a third party. Surely that will mean you getting a smaller percentage. What is the logic ?
« Last Edit: November 10, 2013, 15:31 by bhr »

« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2013, 17:44 »
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The third party can also supply offset, or any other place. Also we all know how images from large suppliers get preferential treatment, so I am hoping this will help to offset sharing revenue. They will probably have their own deal, obviously I don't know details, but. i would be very suprised if blendimages, tetra, westend61 etc...are getting the same 20% that a single supplier gets.

Again, to just distribute via getty wasn't the attraction. Absolutely not...

They sell direct in Germany, they offer art direction and also cofinance productions they find interesting.

And they pay more than 20% on their own direct sales.

I know several people who are with them and are satisfied with the results. So, we will see how that works out.

But for macro I think it makes sense to choose a well known local agent.

There are many smaller boutique macro agencies out there. I think working with people you can build a personal connection with is definetly worth a try.

ETA:

one more advantage, I've been told that they accept more files from a shoot then the usual macro, because the agencies later select what they want. So more of your files get exposure overall.

And if something drastic happens like with google than their voice representing many artists and files will be stronger than my little voice.



Macro is more than just Getty. I really don't see why I should not explore as many agencies as possible.
« Last Edit: November 10, 2013, 17:53 by cobalt »

nicolebranan

« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2013, 17:45 »
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I cancelled exclusivity recently.

« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2013, 09:59 »
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I've cancelled exclusivity this year and the latest development of IS makes is easy to say: no regrets and no trust in the management of the company

« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2013, 19:59 »
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I canceled in march and no regret either.

« Reply #16 on: November 11, 2013, 20:27 »
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I am pretty solidly in the 30% payout range as an exclusive. As much as I no longer trust IS and their flaky web site, I have to stay - money (income) talks. Since the Google fiasco I have uploaded very little. Today I can't afford the transition time and the expected lower income, even when established, from competing sites. The writing is on the wall that my spiraling download counts will completely dry up in 6-9 months unless things change. Then the money will talk a different tune. My $0.02.

« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2013, 20:35 »
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I canceled in march and no regret either.

your blog kicks ass man :)

« Reply #18 on: November 13, 2013, 20:54 »
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I've been tempted to leave video exclusivity...I'm doing okay at iStock, but I always wonder if I'd do better branching out. For images I am independent, although Shutterstock and iStock are my only real earners. The other sites just don't yield enough in returns. I'm curious if I branch my videos out to SS and Pond5 would I do better than exclusive at IS.

BoBoBolinski

« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2013, 03:26 »
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I do relatively well on IS ( it's my main source of income, unfortunately) but my sales have halved and I'm looking forward ( albeit with some trepidation) when it falls enough for me to give up exclusivity. I'm already accepted at SS, just have my portfolio locked there, all ready to go, maybe in another year I'll be giving up exclusivity.
Trouble is, those I know who have done it have reported around a  75% drop in income so mine will have to fall quite a lot before I can afford to drop the shackles.

Ron

« Reply #20 on: November 14, 2013, 03:29 »
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I'm already accepted at SS, just have my portfolio locked there, all ready to go, maybe in another year I'll be giving up exclusivity.


I wonder how that strategy is going to affect your search placement on SS. If all your images have image numbers and you only release them into the search a year from now, they will be sitting at the back end of 12*200,000=2,400,000 images. That might not help your chances for a good start at Shutterstock.

BoBoBolinski

« Reply #21 on: November 14, 2013, 04:33 »
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"I wonder how that strategy is going to affect your search placement on SS"

I've only got the images I applied with in there and locked. I was planning to upload all my images until someone pointed out the search placement issues.


 

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