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« on: October 13, 2017, 12:12 »
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There's a small number of images that I want to remove from iStockphoto. I was silly uploading them there in the first place because these particular images have sold in exhibitions for hundreds of dollars (and one of them won a photography competition too.) So it doesn't seem right selling them on iStock for 20c or 4c or whatever.

Problem is I don't even know how to locate the images. Ever since the ESP website was created, it's all become a confusing mess. So where or how do I start looking for them? And when I find them, do I need to quote some image ID number or something when asking Getty or whoever to remove them? Not sure about all the fine details of this removal process.


« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2017, 12:29 »
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" you will need to submit a request to deactivate a file."

Some new rules introduced last year.

http://www.microstockposts.com/getty-istock-tightens-noose-on-artists-work/

« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2017, 12:38 »
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Thanks for the link. I'll explain to them that I'll be uploading the images to Alamy as Rights Managed (which is the truth btw.)

dpimborough

« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2017, 15:22 »
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Thanks for the link. I'll explain to them that I'll be uploading the images to Alamy as Rights Managed (which is the truth btw.)

You can only do that if you had no royalty free sales while they were on iStock or at other agencies.

Otherwise you'll have to submit as royalty free to Alamy

But to quote iStock/Getty

"Starting August 20th (or shortly thereafter), and after Unification, you will need to submit a request to deactivate a file. Please note that we will only consider deactivating files for legal or similar justifiable reasons as it provides a negative experience for customers when files are suddenly unavailable for license. "


« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2017, 15:27 »
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"Starting August 20th (or shortly thereafter), and after Unification, you will need to submit a request to deactivate a file. Please note that we will only consider deactivating files for legal or similar justifiable reasons as it provides a negative experience for customers when files are suddenly unavailable for license. "
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This is the main reason I stopped uploading to istock. 

angelawaye

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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2017, 15:33 »
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It's the reason I pulled all my files too. Congrats on those nice images doing so well :)
« Last Edit: October 13, 2017, 22:34 by angelawaye »

« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2017, 20:25 »
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You can only do that if you had no royalty free sales while they were on iStock or at other agencies.

Otherwise you'll have to submit as royalty free to Alamy

Yea I remember reading that. Last time I checked, those particular images had not sold in micro stock. Though I'll look again to see if that's still the case.

Congrats on those nice images doing so well :)

Thanks! One of them in particular did pretty well. It also won Second Prize in the same exhibition it was sold in which gained me an additional $200. And Ive sold a fair few copies of that image as home-made greeting cards at a market stall. Over a period of time, it sold considerably more than my other greeting cards did at the market.
« Last Edit: October 13, 2017, 20:34 by dragonblade »

« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2017, 22:30 »
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I still can't work out how to view my port. Ive looked in both the ESP and the iStockphoto websites and there's no sign of my photos. Though surely they're there somewhere.

« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2017, 01:41 »
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ESP ->account management ->profile. There is a link to your portfolio half way down the page.
If you want to remove images from your portfolio you have to contact iStock/Getty and ask for specific images to be removed, I had a feeling you need a specific reason, preferably relating to a legal point, to have them removed.
« Last Edit: October 14, 2017, 03:21 by john_woodcock »

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« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2017, 03:37 »
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Surely the best legal point would be that they're your images, you no longer want to sell them at iStock, and as a resul... you no longer give iStock permission to sell them, or display them on their site. Although, I'm guessing there's some stipulation in the contributor agreement so they can get around that!

namussi

« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2017, 04:54 »
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Thanks! One of them in particular did pretty well. It also won Second Prize in the same exhibition it was sold in which gained me an additional $200. And Ive sold a fair few copies of that image as home-made greeting cards at a market stall. Over a period of time, it sold considerably more than my other greeting cards did at the market.

Does the iStock agreement actually allow you to sell such products?

« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2017, 05:05 »
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John, thanks for the directions. I found my images. My gosh, iStock must be making a killing - I noticed they put a $13 price tag on each one. I'd probably only make about 15c or maybe 2c from any sales.

I'm hoping that me saying I'm going to set them as RM on Alamy will be enough to persuade Getty to take them down,

SpaceStockFootage, yea I wish that was the case (as the copyright holder of the image.) Though really, none of us formally agreed to Getty holding on to our images. We certainly didn't sign anything. It was just a mention of a date that we could remove our images by (which seems like a pretty weak defence from a legal point of view.) Then again, I'm no lawyer. Regardless, they probably changed their terms and conditions which most people (including myself) wouldn't bother rereading.

« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2017, 05:12 »
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Does the iStock agreement actually allow you to sell such products?

Most stock agencies state there is a 'non-exclusive, world-wide, royalty-free license' to sell the images through their sites. As long as I don't become exclusive, I can use the photos in any shape or form that I please.

ShadySue

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« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2017, 06:10 »
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Even exclusives can sell photos, goods etc, exclusivity only covered RF sales.

« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2017, 07:14 »
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Surely the best legal point would be that they're your images, you no longer want to sell them at iStock, and as a resul... you no longer give iStock permission to sell them, or display them on their site. Although, I'm guessing there's some stipulation in the contributor agreement so they can get around that!
Thing is though they are quite within their rights to not sell any of anyone's work

SpaceStockFootage

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« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2017, 08:57 »
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That's what he wants though! He wants them to not sell, or offer for sale, any of his work.

Clair Voyant

« Reply #16 on: October 14, 2017, 09:18 »
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their terms and conditions which most people (including myself) wouldn't bother rereading.

... or reading the first time. Then spend hours on a third party forum b!thcing and complaining about it. Unbelievable.

« Reply #17 on: October 14, 2017, 09:37 »
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That's what he wants though! He wants them to not sell, or offer for sale, any of his work.

I only requested iStock to delete three of my photos, not all of them. Though I may request some additional deletions in the future. Ive also removed the same images from SS, DT and Adobe.

« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2017, 19:15 »
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Getty got back to me and deactivated the three files for me. Soon, I'll be able to upload them to Alamy.

Clair Voyant

« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2017, 20:18 »
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Getty got back to me and deactivated the three files for me. Soon, I'll be able to upload them to Alamy.

Thank you for posting your positive results with Getty/Istock. It certainly puts a damper on all the misinformation and drama regarding Getty/Istock that appears on this forum.


 

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