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« on: October 21, 2008, 14:02 »
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A press release just sent out today

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Pixmac Celebrates 1 000 000 Picture Milestone

October 21, 2008 - Prague, Czech Republic - Pixmac, the sharpshooter among young microstock picture agencies, announces the reach of 1 000 000 picture Milestone. The content makes a unique collection of high quality life style pictures available on Pixmac exclusively. Beside this, the collection contains a broad range of pictures of different subjects.

Moreover, offering free keywording for contributors, Pixmac aims to have professionaly keyworded pictures enabling to provide for its customers not only high volume but especially easy search and relevant search results.

About Pixmac
Pixmac is a young dynamic microstock agency, operating on the microstock market until quite recently.
Based in Prague, the heart of Europe, Pixmac has grown since its start up in August 2008 rapidly and aims to rank among the leading microstock agencies operating worldwide.

[pixmac]

So who is Pixmac and where did they get their images?  I am guessing / hoping that they are using an API of fotolia or stockxpert or someone because most everyone's pictures are there and I assume they are legit! .. I hope we are getting are dues!


« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2008, 14:26 »
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Well, it doesn't look like they take vectors, so that automatically drops it from my future consideration list. You eliminate a huge buyer segment by not offering EPS files. Even if you do photographs only, this should be a consideration in evaluating an agency.

After a cruise through on popular subjects, was not able to randomly hit upon an image that had at least one download. Even some really good looking images have zero.

Xalanx

« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2008, 14:52 »
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I have 112 photos from my portfolio on their site. And their watermarks is useless. Who are these guys?!

« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2008, 15:02 »
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I know by my user name there that they have nothing to do with FT , DT, SS, IS , they could  be connected with 123RF or SX

« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2008, 15:03 »
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My images are there as well. Ive contacted them... We'll see what they say.

« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2008, 15:05 »
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Strange , some of my images are listed under my name , and quite a few under anonymous

Xalanx

« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2008, 15:09 »
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My images are there as well. Ive contacted them... We'll see what they say.
I've contacted them too. There is no sign of API affiliation on their website. And yes, a lot of my photos are listed under "anonymous".

Later edit: the photos are from Fotolia.
« Last Edit: October 21, 2008, 15:44 by Xalanx »

« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2008, 16:02 »
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Fotolia?!?!?!!  I wonder if it's another site like that one where you could purchase a canvas of an image..  It will be interesting to see how they respond to my inquiry.

Xalanx

« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2008, 16:09 »
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http://www.pixmac.com/picture/lines/000000205228

versus

http://www.fotolia.com/id/2763000

I don't think there would be another agency which will allow the keyword "fotolia".
Besides, there are other ways to find out where the photos come from.

« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2008, 16:19 »
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Very strange...

When you clic on one of your pictures, it shows also similar pictures and on the left side Fresh pictures by..., and these are also my pictures.

but then if you clic on the link All pictures of this author , it shows random pictures, NOT by me.

I don't like this...
Claude

« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2008, 16:29 »
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Found my portfolio also there... and funny thing.. according to their stats i've sold already 2 pictures with them.....
Now i would like to know from what site they are getting those pictures.

Patrick H.

« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2008, 16:31 »
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A press release just sent out today

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Pixmac Celebrates 1 000 000 Picture Milestone

October 21, 2008 - Prague, Czech Republic - Pixmac, the sharpshooter among young microstock picture agencies, announces the reach of 1 000 000 picture Milestone. The content makes a unique collection of high quality life style pictures available on Pixmac exclusively. Beside this, the collection contains a broad range of pictures of different subjects.


[pixmac]

I don't understand... they get their pics from Fotolia (what probably mean that these pics are in many microsites besides of Fotolia) and they claim to offer all "exclusive content"? If that is rigth, this doesn't inspire trust at all.

« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2008, 16:50 »
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They say that my portfolio is there since 1970... extrange thing.

With the default order in the searches I would say that the images can from Fotolia

Have you seen that you can register as a contributor with them?

« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2008, 16:59 »
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that is bizarre!
I found my photos too.To begin with ,according o them I had been regstered with them since 1970(I had not even been born yet:)
I have not being credited as the copyright holder and they refer me as to anonymous author no name is mentioned and there is link saying all images by this author when I click the link it takes me someone else' s  photos .
 on the left side of the page there is a column showing fresh images of the author.all the images they show there are my ancient uploads.
 I guess I have to contact them too. an explanation is certainly needed.

 


hali

« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2008, 18:36 »
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1970...  :o
that's scary!  i don't even want to check to see if mine is there. but i deleted my fotolia account months ago, so hopefully, if as some of you think it's fotolia connected, then i shouldn't worry.
i hope for those of you who are there that something comes up to find out who or what this ppl are up to.
exclusive? yikes! :o

btw leaf, how do you find out about all these things? good detective work.
« Last Edit: October 21, 2008, 18:38 by hali »

« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2008, 19:37 »
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Of course 1-1-1970 is some sort of default thing.

Funny it shows my images together in the left side, but no author's name.  No sales credited to me.

This site appeared here earlier, in this thread, as a "new site":
http://www.microstockgroup.com/index.php?topic=3105.0
The member who posted it, bolis, has posted this in many forum sites and blogs, and is probably the person behind it.

Regards,
Adelaide
« Last Edit: October 21, 2008, 19:39 by madelaide »

« Reply #16 on: October 21, 2008, 20:15 »
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wow! I signed up with them (anonymously) before I was born, and have exclusive images with them that are on at least 5 other sites.  sounds good, right?  ::)

« Reply #17 on: October 21, 2008, 20:29 »
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I think exclusive images would appear with icons in color, not shaded.  I don't hve any exclusive images in FT, so I can't check.

BTW, are you guys positives images are from FT?

Regards,
Adelaide

hali

« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2008, 20:34 »
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wherever they got your images from, i am sure that site wants to know too.
perharps some of you could contact fotolia, or whatever sites have your images and point them to this site. maybe they can investigate better then.
just thinking of a better way to go about checking into this.
i think the other stock sites will want to know too.

« Reply #19 on: October 21, 2008, 20:45 »
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I have one illustration there in a huge size that is only available in FT, StockXpert and FP.  One other image is in FT and FP, but not in StockXpert.

I tried to find some photos that were rejected in FT but accepted in FP, but I couldn't - didn't search all, though. Not conclusive, as not all my images re in Pixmac.

Regards,
Adelaide

digiology

« Reply #20 on: October 21, 2008, 20:54 »
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Its another Fotolia affiliate. :P Otherwise why would fotolia be in the keywords? (like already mentioned by xalanx)

It seems a new one pops up every other day lately :-\

« Reply #21 on: October 22, 2008, 01:29 »
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Holy Hell! at the bottom of http://www.pixmac.com/termsandconditions

This website is owned and operated by Pixmac Ltd., Francouzsk 31, Prague , Czech Republic. Although you may access this website from other territories around the world; by accessing this website, you agree that its use, the use of any material contained on the website and the use of all services provided, will be governed by the laws of the Czech Republic, no matter how it may differ from the laws of the country your accessing this website from. You can denounce this agreement but only after sending written notice to Pixmac. Pixmac has 30 days from receipt of your written notice to remove your account. However, all uploaded photos will remain available on the Pixmac website for 1 year from when their upload expires.

Edit to add:  I checked a model image of ours.  It's listed as Artist: anonymous, and no model release.  (it's a self portrait image)

And does that paragraph mean that even if we petition to be removed, for the entire next year they will be collecting royalties on our images with no compensation to us?

I'm stunned.  Not that I should be, but I still am.
« Last Edit: October 22, 2008, 01:38 by RGebbiePhoto »

« Reply #22 on: October 22, 2008, 01:56 »
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I have one illustration there in a huge size that is only available in FT, StockXpert and FP.  One other image is in FT and FP, but not in StockXpert.

I tried to find some photos that were rejected in FT but accepted in FP, but I couldn't - didn't search all, though. Not conclusive, as not all my images re in Pixmac.

Regards,
Adelaide

We don't have any images at FP, so it's gotta be Fotolia

« Reply #23 on: October 22, 2008, 03:32 »
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Same for me, I don't have an account at FP and only started very recently on StockXpert, so it must be Fotolia.

« Reply #24 on: October 22, 2008, 04:13 »
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Yes, it's fotolia! I'm in fotolia with a different contributor pseudo name than other microstock sites and It's the same at pixmac.
The more funny: I can find at last my pictures with all the keywords, I have pictures of a famous lighthouse called "Cordouan", if you search it at fotolia you never find it, at pixmac it shows my pictures without bugs.
Maybe "Pixmac" is a "bugless" clandestine Fotolia?
If I understand correctly they sell our pictures and we'll never received any money in return? What can we do?

50% commission for non-exclusive rights and 60% for exclusive!!!
« Last Edit: October 22, 2008, 04:53 by Smithore »

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