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Dreamstime.com / Re: Im sorry about Dreamstime
« on: August 23, 2021, 13:57 »
I am not sorry about them.
Very unprofessional site. After revealing real contributor name, without any notice for artists, I deleted my account.


What? Real name is visible on the web?

 :o

Yup. You can read about it here.

Dreamstimes Identity Crisis


And what about Dreamstime now? Have they overcome their crisis?
I looked at some profiles of contributors and saw that some used a pseudonym.
Has the requirement to use a real name been lifted?

After causing quite a storm Dreamstime did reverse their decision and said, We still believe a public profile gives more credibility to your images but we will respect your choice regarding the confidentiality of your profile.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Delete a file on iStock?
« on: June 24, 2021, 05:09 »
Dear all,
Can someone explain me why I cannot delete some of my approved picture?
Or how to?
Thank you very much.
This is the explanation.

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

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Alamy.com / Re: Commission lowered to 20%
« on: May 26, 2021, 12:59 »
Alamy have just screwed themselves, in a few years time they will realise it.

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From his port it seems like he stopped shooting stock a long time ago.
Maybe his work didn't suck in that era  :D

https://www.shutterstock.com/g/shutterstock

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Microstock Services / Re: Photerloo: New Stock Uploader
« on: February 24, 2021, 22:16 »
So how much does it cost?

I took a wild guess in thinking that the prices would be on the website.  ::)

https://www.photerloo.com/pricing

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Microstock Services / Re: Photerloo: New Stock Uploader
« on: February 23, 2021, 19:38 »
Interesting name. :)

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Yaymicro / Re: Yaymicro - Legal solution ideas
« on: February 01, 2021, 08:35 »
Do they pay out even below the treshold if I close my account now?

Good question, I would like to know that too.

I asked this question on numerous occasions to different emails of theirs and never received a reply.

So I wrote about the experience.

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StockFresh / Re: StockFresh is closing
« on: January 27, 2021, 13:54 »
Stockfresh still gets a fair bit of traffic, I'm only basing this on Alexa where it's ranked 93,768, although this has fallen from 71,272, 90 days ago. Microstockgroup currently ranks 112,307.

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StockFresh / Re: StockFresh is closing
« on: January 27, 2021, 12:55 »
Stockfresh is now an affiliate site for Shutterstock, i.e. every image on an image page links to the image on shutterstock with a referral link. Not a bad a idea by Peter, he can now earn money from the site without doing anything.

Stockfresh should be put in the "Sites that no longer exist" section in this forum and removed from the list of sites in the sidebar, but that's up to Tyler. :-)

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I actually feel nauseous.

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Yaymicro / Re: Yaymicro - Legal solution ideas
« on: January 18, 2021, 04:57 »
My account is closed, my images are not on yayimages anymore, and they promised to remove it from partner sites within a few days.
To be honest, this was one of the fastest response / action I ever got from a website, so I don't know how they don't respond to your request..

4+ years later, my images still on sale on partner sites.  >:(

4 years!

Now hopefully people will believe that they won't reply to my emails after years and years. And no I never had any argument with them or wrote anything rude etc. They simply just don't reply. In the 14 years I've been in microstock, I've never come across an agency quite this bad.

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Dreamstime.com / Re: My interesting Dreamstime observation
« on: January 16, 2021, 05:58 »
Dreamstime have cut commissions a number of times. They started with 50% Royalty, but cut it twice within a space of a few years if I remember correctly. They cut commission on subs as they took away the levels for subs. I know they introduced a $2 sub but that was at the expense of taking away non sub options with higher payments. They cut the commission for their exclusive photographers also.

I've not been with Dreamstime for a few years and all the above is based on my memory. But they definitely have cut commissions a number of times, there will be plenty of threads of people raging in their forums each time it happened, it just wasn't very big new outside of their forums.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Reactivated Images Missing?
« on: December 07, 2020, 13:13 »
The images have more boycott stamina than the contributors.  ;D

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: delete photo immediately
« on: November 17, 2020, 09:05 »
I wiped my eyes in disbelief when I first read this.

"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."

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

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Stockfresh, but time is running out. :)

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Newbie Discussion / Re: boycott shutterstock
« on: September 11, 2020, 16:33 »
Thanks for the laugh you crochety, crakety, cranky, grumpy, crabby, cranky crones. ;D

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missed minimum payout for the first time in 8 years (bar first few months), have my minimum set at $100, first time in 8 years no pay out, $93 for july, awesomeness

my best month on ss was $800, oh how the mighty have fallen

I never liked the almost cult like worshipping of shutterstock. So many contributors were exclusive with ss even without them having an exclusive program. I'm not saying this is you. I'm just saying we are where we are because of contributors. The one and only solution there is, is for all contributors to spread all their work as far and wide as possible. Competition is the only thing that companies like ss understand. And so many contributors gave them a free ride by not helping their competition or potential competition. There are way too many gaps in the collections of smaller agencies and buyers will buy from agencies with the best collections. Makes no difference how much marketing an agency does if a buyer gets on a site and can't find what they want. We can keep blaming the agencies, but the fact is too many contributors adored the high selling agencies and that is what created this situation.

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StockFresh / Re: Is it dead?
« on: August 24, 2020, 10:22 »

My notion of getting more for my work (and again, I'm speaking for me, not for the Coalition) is that I get more money

So that's why you never boycotted Shutterstock.

I disabled my images on Shutterstock in June and I'm still boycotting them now, I didn't tweet as much though, words are nothing if they're not followed up by action.

I know Shutterstock threw you out in the end, so you couldn't even leave them with your pride intact.
But you can leave StockFresh just like that even though you have no real quarrel with them, at least not nearly as big a quarrel as you supposedly have with Shutterstock.

I disabled sales May 31 2020 - why do you think that I didn't boycott them?

Get facts before you start getting judgmental

I saw you images online way past that date, regrettably now I didn't screenshot it and waybackmachine doesn't have an archive for 2020 of your port. You may well have disabled on May 31, but as far as I know not for long.

I read replies to your tweets including a reply from someone who was also surprised you hadn't removed your images. You tweet a lot and I can't find that reply.

I did find the below reply though in your tweet about ss terminating your port in July.

Replying to
@joannsnover
So wait, they decided to terminate your portfolio just because of your public criticism? Are they gonna terminate the portfolio of every single contributor that is criticising their poor decisions? What a load of crap

https://twitter.com/joannsnover/status/1287867996535365632/photo/1?

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StockFresh / Re: Is it dead?
« on: August 24, 2020, 01:38 »

My notion of getting more for my work (and again, I'm speaking for me, not for the Coalition) is that I get more money

So that's why you never boycotted Shutterstock.

I disabled my images on Shutterstock in June and I'm still boycotting them now, I didn't tweet as much though, words are nothing if they're not followed up by action.

I know Shutterstock threw you out in the end, so you couldn't even leave them with your pride intact.
But you can leave StockFresh just like that even though you have no real quarrel with them, at least not nearly as big a quarrel as you supposedly have with Shutterstock.

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StockFresh / Re: Is it dead?
« on: August 22, 2020, 23:49 »
I had been thinking at the next payout (about $12 to go) I'd close my account as sales had slowed so much.

Is deleting images from fair royalty sites with low earnings a view shared by other admins of the stock coalition or just your view point?

How does removing images from fair royalty sites benefit the cause of the stock coalition succinctly described in the tagline "get more for your work"?

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Shutterstock.com / Re: I'm gonna miss the reCaptcha
« on: July 01, 2020, 15:22 »
The captcha used to be so much worse.
The Shutterstock Captcha Challenge

I miss checking my stats every day.
Scary.
But i Love routines. But why not check your stats every day, even you have no files there: What a surprise when something changes ...

Because the stats won't change until they succumb. :)
Until then I am routinely staying away from Shutterstock.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: I'm gonna miss the reCaptcha
« on: June 30, 2020, 22:27 »
The captcha used to be so much worse.
The Shutterstock Captcha Challenge

I miss checking my stats every day.

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