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Canva / Re: Canva announcement
« on: May 17, 2020, 02:33 »
Thanks for answering. So you do have an agreement with SS which is why no-one else can submit similar PD images, they already have over 60,000 from you so why accept more - only so many books with illustrations you can use I suppose? So not only are you making money from other people's creations (albeit PD images), you are actually stopping other people from doing the same by having this special agreement with SS?

I do wonder if it was you/your agreement with SS that prompted them to no longer accept PD images.

I didn't say there wasn't any work involved, and I didn't reference IS or Getty - they have different rules I guess and we all know they are just about making as much money as possible so selling PD images for them is of no moral consequence whatsoever.

Anyway, thanks for confirming that there is an agreement, I always suspected there was for there to be so many images.

Classy business strategy - make money from other people's creations and get the main agency to allow you to do it.

Canva / Re: Canva announcement
« on: May 16, 2020, 19:04 »
So, Morphart, you have been asked a few times on here and SS forums, how it is that you are able to upload and sell scanned vectors of old public domain illustrations and make money from them when they are not your own creations, but you have never answered the question, you suddenly just disappear from whatever the thread is - care to do so now?

How is it that you can scan all old images from books like Troussets Encyclopaedia, convert them into vectors and sell them to make money from? Do you have a special agreement with SS? Do you feel any guilt that they aren't your creations but you are making money from them? Do you have special dispensation from SS to upload public domain images that no-one else has? You have 611 pages of "vintage engraved" images, over 61,000 images which you did not create.

Will you answer or disappear?

I remember seeing that wolf and moon image on a vector training website so it may not be a case of anyone stealing, but using free download parts of the final image and they are all putting them together in the same way, following instructions on the training course, and then all uploading them.
Not so much stealing as all using parts of someone else's work without permission I guess.

So if I have an image on FAA and sell it for $200 with my margin set at 40% I would get $80 plus any additional for framing, etc. If SS have put my image up there as well, priced the same, they would take the $80 and give me what? $25 for an EL - maybe, more likely $0.38 for a sub sale. And if they are pricing at a lower margin than I am then they are more likely to get the sale of my image than I am.

This stinks and if true is a new low, even for SS.

An agency would be more likely to go to court for a license issue rather than copyright - they don't own the copyright so why would they pursue it? It would be down to you as copyright owner to pursue.

For me they run very close, and Adobe gave me free PS for a year, I wouldn't say they have done nothing

General Stock Discussion / Re: pond5 sales plummet to $0?
« on: April 21, 2019, 02:37 »
Maybe the exclusives are getting preference?

8 / Re: Information about March sales
« on: April 18, 2019, 09:13 »
Many thanks David, much appreciated

9 / Re: Information about March sales
« on: April 18, 2019, 09:02 »
Could someone please post the link to access ESP? I have just changed PC and it didn't copy that over from my favourites for some reason. Many thanks

Yep, but considering how much they reject and how low sales are it is probably just saving me time!

Canva / Re: How are the earnings going?
« on: January 21, 2019, 11:21 »
Been doing stock since 2006. I am sure there are many old timers that still remember the time when high value sales were both regular and in high volumes. I remember the days of 20-30 or more EL sales at SS in a month, every month. Not anymore. I guess we are now in the period where we will have to accept whatever is coming our way or quit. I cant complain though - still doing quite well to make it worthwhile for me to continue.
I like Canva and I always hoped that they will be able to fill that loss of the declining sales at the other agencies. For me this never really happened, possibly because I joined them relatively late.  Based on what I see happening there now I cannot see that it will change anytime soon.  They will remain one of my low earners and it frustrates me to see only those $0.35 sales. You may have better luck and a wish to all the success.
Some people probably remember the good old macrostock days (not me, I'm much newer than you)... The thing is simple - more and more people want to spend as little money as possible on the images, which is why the bigger sales on SS and other sites are in less numbers than before. So trying to raise the prices would be a suicide. That's the state of the market nowadays, we can't go around it. All what agencies and us can do is keep the current state and not allow any further devaluation.

So as I said, all what Canva did bad for us is the Getty deal. Their prices are not the problem, they fit perfectly into the current market, which is a must nowadays if you want to have any success.

Is it people looking to spend less and less? Or is it the agencies representing us that are competing with each other so much that they have decided to lower prices - the customer is still happy to pay whatever the price is for the image they want, it is the agencies that dictate the price, not the customers.

Canva / Re: How are the earnings going?
« on: January 19, 2019, 03:30 »
My earnings have halved over recent months, it seems that all $3.50 sales have disappeared - since their deal with iStock/Getty started. Number of sales have remained fairly static, but value dropped

13 / Re: Crestock not processing payout request
« on: January 08, 2019, 09:52 »
Anyone else in payment limbo with these guys?  It's been 6 months and counting for me.  After I get my final payment I'm out of there.

It took me threatening legal action before they paid me

General Stock Discussion / Re: Alamy "good news"!
« on: December 04, 2018, 09:31 »
Since cutting rates to 50% they have seen revenue growth, therefore cut rates again and see further revenue growth. Shame they are a private company, it would be good to see their profits and projections during these time periods.

Looking at current revenue, this will generate them approximately 3m pa pre-tax. No mention of marketing spend increasing, so how are they going to increase revenue? Cross their fingers? Hope that revenue magically increases because they have cut commission rates? Profits will - if they don't spend any of the additional 3m, but contributors profits won't!

They place themselves in their own designated Tier 2, well below Tier 1 agencies, this move will not put them any closer to the Tier 1 they have specified themselves, it is purely a money grab. The big difference, as we all know, is that the Tier 1 agencies provide the volume, Alamy do not, and an additional 3m on their bottom line will not provide the necessary volume either. Another agency which says they are confident this will result in an increase in sales for contributors, whilst asking those same contributors to bend over and take it with a smile on their faces, and bear with them through this hard and trying time - of four consecutive years of growth?

Alamy, for me, is at best a low earner - circa $1000 this year, now if sales levels remain static, that will be circa $800 whilst I continue to upload and increase the size of my library with them? Whilst their library gets bigger overall, giving me a smaller slice of the pie I helped to make?

Thanks Alamy.

From a ten year contributor. Nice to know you have my back.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Photographer Income Survey
« on: November 09, 2018, 06:22 »
This is ONLY for editorial photographers? As per first line in article?

GLStock / Re: GLStock does not pay ?
« on: October 30, 2018, 00:25 »
It took me years to reach payout, after requesting $57 (I think it was) it then took them 5 months to pay me - after I eventually threatened legal action! Immediately closed my account after payout.

17 / Re: Caution: Don't Question Alamy
« on: October 18, 2018, 14:13 »
Good to see management from an agency coming on site to communicate and provide information

18 / Re: Property release for a plane??
« on: October 11, 2018, 23:35 »
Is a plane design treated any differently to a car? Even if you take the logo off a car image it will still be rejected, will the same not apply to a plane, boat, motorbike?

19 / Re: Crestock not processing payout request
« on: October 08, 2018, 23:21 »
Took me five months to receive my $57, closed my account as soon I received it, they must be losing contributors hand over fist with this behaviour

A question for Mat or anyone that knows...

I received the code, thanks.

But I am still using LR 5.7.1 and PS Elements 12, because I don't like subscriptions and the cloud...
I like to buy a perpetual licence and use it as long as possible.

Should I decide to try it just because it's free, can I install it alongside the current perpetual versions? (in Windows 7 Pro 64 bit)

Absolutely, yes you can. I have PS CC installed and used daily and I also have PS CS6 installed in background, same OS as you

General - Top Sites / Re: inspection time on shutterstock
« on: September 27, 2018, 05:54 »
Hopefully they are actually reviewing images now

22 / Re: My stuff free on DT -- I did NOT approve!
« on: August 22, 2018, 08:42 »
IIRC, in the past contributors have still been paid for these free promotional download offers

Why not leave old threads to continue sleeping


Why? Not up to you is it Barry?

Why not offer them the image it perpetuity? Copyright and everything? $10,000

25 / Re: Crestock not processing payout request
« on: July 21, 2018, 09:47 »
After not getting a payout for 4 years, I finally hit $90. I requested payout over 35 days ago and Crestock has refused to process payout. This is the response they keep sending:

"Sorry about the delayed response to this. There are delays to our payment schedule at the moment; I will update you when I have more information on when your payment will be processed".


What the heck??? Has anyone else had this happen from this low earning site???

Exactly the same situation! Requested payout of $57 end of April, still waiting, still chasing, same response as you, when they respond. They seriously haven't got the money to payout?

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