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« on: July 30, 2013, 10:18 »
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I think the term 'New concept' in the press release should be taken loosely.  How many phone agencies have popped up recently.  Anyhow - here is the release.

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New concept: InstaStock allows Instagram and smartphone users to earn money with their snapshots


    www.InstaStock.com: The first innovative database in the microstock market which provides most up-to-date authenticphotos
    Smartphone Generation: Everyone can easily share and sell their photos online
    Companies: Purchasing fresh, authentic and unique photos for campaigns and other usage



Win-win-situation for smartphone photographers and companies


Berlin, July 2013 - InstaStock is one of the very first photo databases, which sells authentic, up-to-date images of smartphone photographers, launching in July 2013. Users can easily upload their best pictures via Instagram and smartphones in a few seconds and even when on the go onto their InstaStock gallery. Via InstaStock photographers increase their awareness, earn 50 percent of the selling price but still keep the right of their images. International companies only buy the image license and are able to use them with unlimited creativity for authentic marketing campaigns and editorial contents.


How the idea of InstaStock arose


The idea behind InstaStock arose when the global technology company Fujifilm contacted founder Andr Lutter with the request to license images from the photo database of yourPainting. The yourPainting GmbH is the primary company of Andr Lutter, which sells commission paintings. "From my own experience, I know that companies are always searching for emotional and up-to-date images", says Andr Lutter. "Instagram users upload millions of photos monthly. Im as well uploading my photos from my iPhone onto my Instagram account everyday. So why not earning money with your hobby?", says Lutter. "Via InstaStock I cannot only sell my photos to big international companies, but I can also make my images famous., says the young entrepreneur.

 

Thousands new uploads daily


Two weeks after InstaStock was launched, the portfolio contained photographs of fascinating landscapes, authentic portraits up to emotional snapshots. "Daily thousands of new and unique images are added. It's amazing of what a great quality those smartphone photos are", says Jan Dzulko, Angel Investor of InstaStock. By the end of the year InstaStock plans to offer companies from various industries more than 10 million authentic photos. With an investment of Slam Dunk Capital and other Angel Investors InstaStock releases their stock photo website in July 2013.


« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2013, 10:35 »
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Yep -- saw this coming. Fact is -- there is some good marketable stuff being shot by those instagram shooters. Sure there is a ton of crap too but that holds true for all the stock houses.

Will be interesting to see how that matures.

Ron

« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2013, 10:50 »
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Who is keywording all those thousands of images daily. Surely not the shooter, if I understand the article correctly.

« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2013, 11:04 »
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there is http://instaprints.com for a few months

« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2013, 11:26 »
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Yikes! I have to log in before I can search and access pages such as "About", "FAQ" or "Prices"? :S

Poor web design aside: aren't mobile phone cameras just another kind of camera? Unless there's a novel concept applied to it (such as Scoopshot), it seems like it's an area in the market that would easily be filled up once the current big players start accommodating for mobile photo uploads. I could totally see a Shutterstock app that you could use to take pictures, edit and keyword all at once!

EDIT: Fixed grammatical errors.
« Last Edit: July 31, 2013, 03:26 by davidgoh »

Leo Blanchette

« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2013, 13:26 »
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Is this the same company who tried to steal people's facebook pics for marketing?

EmberMike

« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2013, 13:32 »
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Yikes! I have to log in before I can search and access pages such as "About", "FAQ" or "Prices"?

I saw that too, and promptly closed the browser window. I'm not interested in any company that makes me join up before I can find out what they're about.

ShadySue

« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2013, 13:42 »
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Yikes! I have to log in before I can search and access pages such as "About", "FAQ" or "Prices"?
AFAICS, it's the same with Instagram itself.

That's some claim: "Everyone can easily share and sell their photos online"
So if someone shares and doesn't sell, can they sue?

gillian vann

  • *Gillian*
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2013, 18:30 »
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I think this is going to happen, whether we like it or not, but how long can it last before it's full of junk: selfies, duckface teenage girls, photos of feet..... and will anyone make any money at all?

BD

« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2013, 22:03 »
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I can't wait until all of these photos are for sale. Here is a great Instagram parody on YouTube:

Look at this Instagram (Nickelback Parody)


Look at this Instagram (Nickelback Parody)

« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2013, 22:08 »
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it's the new fad in startups : monetizing any possible user generated content no matter if it will infringe copyright or cause legal troubles.

youtube is the undisputed king in piracy and it's still there, untouchable, and actually making some small profits too.
yesterday i've seen videos with whole albums of a famous band and nobody complains, it seems even the majors gave up the fight on youtube, and what about entire movies being available there at decent resolution ?

if google can steal with impunity, why should everybody else play a fair game ?

all these startups know from the start that 80% of their content will be pirated or illegal or unsuitable or whatever.
but they go ahead and all they want is to sell for a big profit, who cares about the law that's not the business they're in.

it will be interesting to see how these mobile agencies will perform, i'm still very skeptic about it, but unlike desktop apps they have the advantage that payments on mobile platforms are less awkward and easier to use.






BD

« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2013, 22:52 »
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Seriously watch the parody. Everyone needs a little laugh.

<a href="http://youtu.be/Nn-dD-QKYN4" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">http://youtu.be/Nn-dD-QKYN4</a>


Look at this Instagram, eggs benedict side of ham. Started out as a lemon tart then my phone went and made it art.

How many buyers are going to keep using this site when all they come across is this art?

Leo Blanchette

« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2013, 23:00 »
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Seriously watch the parody. Everyone needs a little laugh.



That was really cute.

BTW - I remember now -

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57559710-38/instagram-says-it-now-has-the-right-to-sell-your-photos/


« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2013, 23:41 »
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In a WSJ article a while back a US official was quoted saying that China's theft of US technological IP is the biggest illegal transfer of wealth in the history of the world. Second biggest is probably google using the content of millions of copyright owners' to make billions in profits for itself.

Google wants to destroy our copyrights (while defending its own patents and trademarks, of course).

it's the new fad in startups : monetizing any possible user generated content no matter if it will infringe copyright or cause legal troubles.

youtube is the undisputed king in piracy and it's still there, untouchable, and actually making some small profits too.
yesterday i've seen videos with whole albums of a famous band and nobody complains, it seems even the majors gave up the fight on youtube, and what about entire movies being available there at decent resolution ?

if google can steal with impunity, why should everybody else play a fair game ?

« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2013, 00:46 »
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yes, google acted as a criminal organization from day one and i fully agree with Murdoch on this.

BUT, if even Murdoch doesn't sue google, who will ?

that's the point, we all agree google are the top crooks in the industry but nobody is moving a finger, even Viacom has lost it's long legal battle against Youtube.

google images is also profiting from displaying 3rd party photos giving nothing back to the authors, the new GUI is all about searching an image and grabbing the full size version with one click ! no more need to go in the author's web page and bringing you any traffic, now it's plain theft !

all google is lacking is a full featured MP3 search like Baidu and a dedicated torrent search engine, that would finally seal the deal.



Batman

« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2013, 19:37 »
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I think this is going to happen, whether we like it or not, but how long can it last before it's full of junk: selfies, duckface teenage girls, photos of feet..... and will anyone make any money at all?

Scoopshot secures $1.2 million in funding from Yuri, I wonder how he likes the new concept.


 

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