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« Reply #425 on: February 04, 2013, 15:17 »
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Posted By cobalt:
I think everyone is waiting for the newsletter/more detailed explanations that lobo announced would be coming today or tomorrow.

Well in order to manage your expectations I should note there may not be much more on the Google Drive situation quite yet. We do have some other news that should prove interesting for all, however.

I want everyone to understand that the Google Drive issues are still very important and there has been some progress in the discussions but we aren't going to be able to give much more information with this Newsletter. We aren't ignoring it or putting off anything in order to see how long it will take before we have fatigued the entire community on discussing it. It's important to us as well. So please temper you responses and appreciate that it isn't the only news worth reporting. We will continue to work on getting things together in the hopes of having something to share as soon as possible.


Lobos answer shows me they have not been able to fix the problem and will not fix the problem.


« Reply #426 on: February 04, 2013, 15:44 »
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Does anyone know how many images actually came down in the lead up to and including 02 FEB?

Sorry is its posted somewhere and I've missed it ...  :D
44,516 were pledged to be taken down.  The totals are 11,000 less images now than before Feb. 2.  Many files that were taken down had zero dls or were very low selling images, not all but a lot of them. 

Total files 12695464
Waiting approval 68305
I wouldn't trust the istock numbers. The site is buggy and they will never reveal the true effect of d-day. Could even be more than 44,000 images removed for that matter. Besides, look at their "Make a Difference" campaign where they "tweaked" the numbers. They will take a corporate response, not mention what happened, and you will hear "moving forward" as their reply. It's damage control, they did it back in 2010 when they told us buyers and contributors were not leaving.
 
PS - Enjoy the istockphoto forum while you can, they are going to make some big changes to it in the next 30 days. Corporate is not happy with the little people speaking out and making a stink. I'm guessing any old posts may be deleted, don't want any evidence of your past failures out in the open...

« Reply #427 on: February 04, 2013, 15:46 »
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I still think having a day where we all start deleting together would send a strong message. 

Do you honestly believe that? I doubt it very much. I think personally the only person you will harm will be yourself, by dropping your income. If you're really p*** off, why not leave completely, surely that would be more positive. They must get thousands of uploads a day, many many thousands, a couple of thousand being deactivated, what will that do? I don't want to sound negative, but this is doomed to failure.

I agree with Vad_the_Limp...deactivation is the smartest way to put space btwn you and the idiots you wish to avoid...!

I'm a bit confused.  You say you agree with him that deactivation is smart, but he was arguing AGAINST deactivation.  So which is it?
My appologies L...my post was dripping with sarcasm...since Vlad is quite the fangirl, I really only posted to have fun with her name. In truth, I've deactivated 400 of my massive 480 image port at WHYstock, but giving serious consideration to just closing the account...things are not going to get better there with time.

« Reply #428 on: February 04, 2013, 16:31 »
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I haven't had a chance to deactivate my images.  However, I have a lot of images that were taken at iStock minilypse events so they can only be sold on istock. I'm thinking of leaving those there and just removing all the other items. Any one else with this situation?  Do you plan to remove images taken at istock events (minilypse/istockalypse) and just let them languish on your hard drive?

@cathy That was probably me. I left 153 iStockalypse and editorial images on the site (deactivated 2,496 others). Jami, I didn't see any reason to pull the editorial images as I'm not selling them anywhere else (I'm not selling much of them at iStock either!). Likewise, the iStockalypse images I left as I can't sell them anywhere else anyway

« Reply #429 on: February 04, 2013, 17:01 »
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I haven't had a chance to deactivate my images.  However, I have a lot of images that were taken at iStock minilypse events so they can only be sold on istock. I'm thinking of leaving those there and just removing all the other items. Any one else with this situation?  Do you plan to remove images taken at istock events (minilypse/istockalypse) and just let them languish on your hard drive?

@cathy That was probably me. I left 153 iStockalypse and editorial images on the site (deactivated 2,496 others). Jami, I didn't see any reason to pull the editorial images as I'm not selling them anywhere else (I'm not selling much of them at iStock either!). Likewise, the iStockalypse images I left as I can't sell them anywhere else anyway


Yep, it was you. Glad you jumped in. The old memory ain't what it used to be. I remember that I saw it, just not who said it.  :o

« Reply #430 on: February 04, 2013, 17:04 »
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Posted By cobalt:
I think everyone is waiting for the newsletter/more detailed explanations that lobo announced would be coming today or tomorrow.

Well in order to manage your expectations I should note there may not be much more on the Google Drive situation quite yet. We do have some other news that should prove interesting for all, however.

I want everyone to understand that the Google Drive issues are still very important and there has been some progress in the discussions but we aren't going to be able to give much more information with this Newsletter. We aren't ignoring it or putting off anything in order to see how long it will take before we have fatigued the entire community on discussing it. It's important to us as well. So please temper you responses and appreciate that it isn't the only news worth reporting. We will continue to work on getting things together in the hopes of having something to share as soon as possible.


Lobos answer shows me they have not been able to fix the problem and will not fix the problem.


The quoting mechanism didn't work correctly on your post, but I'm assuming that the middle two paragraphs are what Lobo said. If so, wow, I'm surprised. I think it's exactly like someone else said in another thread somewhere...they put out that crap to feed the "hopeful" contributors. I imagine they did stop some deactivating because of it.  ::)

ShadySue

« Reply #431 on: February 04, 2013, 17:12 »
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Lobo:
"We do have some other news that should prove interesting for all, however."
Intrigued as always, but it's a curse (not a blessing) to wish that someone will live in "interesting" times.

ShadySue

« Reply #432 on: February 04, 2013, 18:01 »
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And this is the interesting news:
https://api.gettyimages.com

(I'll start a new thread for comments)
« Last Edit: February 04, 2013, 18:11 by ShadySue »

lisafx

« Reply #433 on: February 04, 2013, 18:35 »
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My appologies L...my post was dripping with sarcasm...since Vlad is quite the fangirl, I really only posted to have fun with her name.

Oh, sorry.  I didn't get the sarcasm.  Now the post makes sense to me ;)

« Reply #434 on: February 04, 2013, 19:05 »
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And this is the interesting news:
https://api.gettyimages.com

(I'll start a new thread for comments)

"Getty APIs

Our set of APIs enable seamless integration of Getty Images' expansive content, powerful search and rich metadata directly into your internal workflows, products and services. With Connect's API solutions, you can fully control, customize and scale as you grow."

https://api.gettyimages.com/apis

« Reply #435 on: February 05, 2013, 18:34 »
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I haven't had a chance to deactivate my images.  However, I have a lot of images that were taken at iStock minilypse events so they can only be sold on istock. I'm thinking of leaving those there and just removing all the other items. Any one else with this situation?  Do you plan to remove images taken at istock events (minilypse/istockalypse) and just let them languish on your hard drive?

@cathy That was probably me. I left 153 iStockalypse and editorial images on the site (deactivated 2,496 others). Jami, I didn't see any reason to pull the editorial images as I'm not selling them anywhere else (I'm not selling much of them at iStock either!). Likewise, the iStockalypse images I left as I can't sell them anywhere else anyway


Yep, it was you. Glad you jumped in. The old memory ain't what it used to be. I remember that I saw it, just not who said it.  :o

thank you to both of you!  I now need to find some time to remove images from IS and get more on my other sites. 

« Reply #436 on: February 11, 2013, 05:34 »
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I had an odd request the other day from someone wanting to give a surprise gift of support to someone who is deactivating some of their files from iStock.  Here is the initial message

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I've been reading the threads about the Getty/iStock/Google debacle, though I haven't posted, since I deleted my entire (small) iStock port when they lowered commissions over a year ago.

Many horrible, unfair practices throughout history have ended, but first some effective people had to decide that it was worth fighting, with more than words, against it.

And, building on that, I'd like to do a little more than just say supportive things to MSG'ers who de-activate files on February 2.

But, because of obvious privacy issues, I can only think of way that involves you. So, if you find this idea workable, please drop me a line. If you have tweaks that make it workable, please don't hesitate to tell me.

1. I'd send you $100 gift certificate
(something widely used, and ideally that could be emailed - such as Amazon.com email gift certificate, or, if such a thing exists, a PayPal email gift certificate...)

2. After Feb. 2, you'd randomly select name of one Premium member (or any full member, if you prefer) of MSG who posted here that s/he de-activated at least 100 files on February 2, and ask that person if s/he'd like the $100 gf. If not, you'd pick someone else....

It would be my way of saying thank you for someone doing something concrete to help stock photographers, and really photographers in general. I don't have preference one way or other if my name is ever mentioned - that's up to you.


After a little back and forth and trying to find something fair without having to pick someone directly I (we) decided to pick someone at random who had deactivated at least 100 images.  I looked at the number of posts in this thread and got a random number using wolfram alfa between 1 and 436 (The result was 371).  Then, I went to post 371 and if necessary I was going to scroll down until I found someone who had deactivated 100 images.  I didn't need to .. ArenaCreative had deactivated 200 images. 

I've send him an email.

Thanks mystery person.
« Last Edit: February 11, 2013, 05:36 by leaf »

« Reply #437 on: February 11, 2013, 05:40 »
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a heart for the unknown . . . . . . .

« Reply #438 on: February 11, 2013, 08:27 »
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That's such a nice thing to do and I'm pleased that Todd won it.

ShadySue

« Reply #439 on: February 11, 2013, 08:38 »
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Lovely gesture. Thanks to the mystery benefactor.

« Reply #440 on: February 11, 2013, 10:33 »
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Wow, thank you so much, anonymous donor.  I never win anything... this prize will at least give me a little something back as I continue to use my own time deactivating more photos.

How about this?  I'd like to pay half of it ($50) forward.  I can't hog all of it to myself.  Let's say 2nd place get's $30, and 3rd place gets $20. 

Tyler - please go ahead and randomly generate some numbers from the tally thread, and post the results here.  Let's make a few more hard working microstockers have a slightly better day as well.

« Reply #441 on: February 11, 2013, 10:43 »
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Congrats Todd!

« Reply #442 on: February 11, 2013, 11:20 »
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The iStock deactivation count is about to grow by 10K-ish (sjlocke's files)

« Reply #443 on: February 11, 2013, 11:25 »
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« Last Edit: May 11, 2014, 22:45 by tickstock »

« Reply #444 on: February 11, 2013, 11:56 »
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The iStock deactivation count is about to grow by 10K-ish (sjlocke's files)
Is that a joke?  You realize that Sean didn't choose to do this and may actually depend on the income he and his family receive from Istock.

It's a little wry humor, but I do realize Sean didn't do this of his own volition. I know Sean (have met him in the real world anyway) and I'm sure if he thinks I'm out of line he won't be shy in telling me off - he's done it before

ShadySue

« Reply #445 on: February 11, 2013, 12:43 »
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The iStock deactivation count is about to grow by 10K-ish (sjlocke's files)
Is that a joke?  You realize that Sean didn't choose to do this and may actually depend on the income he and his family receive from Istock.
None of this is funny.
Make your case about Sean and his family to those who wronged him.

« Reply #446 on: February 11, 2013, 12:48 »
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« Last Edit: May 11, 2014, 22:45 by tickstock »

« Reply #447 on: February 11, 2013, 13:14 »
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... I have a lot of images that were taken at iStock minilypse events so they can only be sold on istock...

... the iStockalypse images I left as I can't sell them anywhere else anyway...

I didn't know that you cannot sell images that were shot on a Lypse on istock only. Where in the contract does it say that? I didn't sign anything at the Lypses I have attended.

« Reply #448 on: February 11, 2013, 13:21 »
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I only attended the HQ lypse in Calgary in 2009. I seem to remember that even for mini-lypses they said in the forums that when iStock kicked in some cash for the event, they wanted the images, even from indies, to be sold only on iStock.

In my case it was in the agreement I signed "You agree that you will make all images or video recorded by you during the Event available for license exclusively from istockphoto.com whether or not you are currently or later become a non-exclusive contributor."

« Reply #449 on: February 11, 2013, 13:25 »
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I only attended the HQ lypse in Calgary in 2009. I seem to remember that even for mini-lypses they said in the forums that when iStock kicked in some cash for the event, they wanted the images, even from indies, to be sold only on iStock.

In my case it was in the agreement I signed "You agree that you will make all images or video recorded by you during the Event available for license exclusively from istockphoto.com whether or not you are currently or later become a non-exclusive contributor."

Is that the contributor agreement you are talking about or a separate agreement you have signed at the Lypse?


 

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