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Image Sleuth / Re: Thief with 35k portfolio (photos) at Freepik
« on: January 26, 2023, 08:04 »
Thank you for this thread I found randomly.

Found 1.5k of my images stolen

https://www.freepik.com/author/alleca

2.1k downloads on premium. IM guessing this person has made lots of money off me. Emailed support but will they actually do anything?

Chris

Hi,

You need to be more insistent. In the end, in my case, they blocked that user. I also wrote to them on Facebook and left a negative review on Google Maps.
Use this email address: [email protected]

 :)




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Image Sleuth / Re: Thief with 35k portfolio (photos) at Freepik
« on: January 23, 2023, 09:09 »

I also found one that has a lot of my photos:

https://www.freepik.com/author/solidstocks

 >:(

After a few more emails sent to them....


Quote
Hi

The author has been blocked and his content removed from our site. Please allow 24 hours for the images to disappear from our site.

Regards


Copyright Department


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Shutterstock.com / Re: No way to contact SS?
« on: January 17, 2023, 05:38 »
Going thru "normal" channels will only get you to another contributor who is representing Shutterstock.  I don't think Shutterstock has any contributor relation personnel on staff anymore.

These contributor liaisons will most likely give you a worthless canned response to any problem or inquiry.

At least, that was my experience when I tried in the past.

I also had the same sad experience...

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Image Sleuth / Re: Thief with 35k portfolio (photos) at Freepik
« on: January 16, 2023, 02:25 »
my question is:

b) curious also - how are you finding your assets/finding out the ones they've taken?

thanks!

I have some specific images and so they are easy to find. A simple search immediately brings them to my attention.

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Image Sleuth / Re: Thief with 35k portfolio (photos) at Freepik
« on: January 15, 2023, 12:47 »

I also found one that has a lot of my photos:

https://www.freepik.com/author/solidstocks

 >:(

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Alamy.com / Re: Opting out of China in distribution scheme?
« on: January 12, 2023, 05:00 »
Hi,

I wrote a review on google maps. They even replied to me saying that they "just answered my emails". I edited that yes, they did reply but they didn't solve my problem.

Today I saw a $10 payment in my account - "ASCRL Summer Distribution - DEC 2022"....
Very interesting....

 >:(

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Alamy.com / Re: Opting out of China in distribution scheme?
« on: January 10, 2023, 02:53 »
The Alamy team opted out for me in September for Novel use, and China + Russian distribution.
As I can see today i still have sales for 0.01$ to China.
It's an insult to all contributors and to the world of photography.
I've just sent an email today to ask for explanations.
If nothing is done Im going to close my account of this joking site.

I will definitely do the same.
I'm tired of sending them emails and getting nothing but false promises.
 >:(

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Alamy.com / Re: Alamy Mass Downloads - AGAIN?
« on: January 04, 2023, 07:43 »
From Alamy:


Hi Sebastian,

As you are aware we are paying back contributors 100% commission and a top up for the sales that happened in September. Regarding the sales you have recently seen in December these are not additional sales by the distributor and is an error in the way it has been displayed in your balance of account.

We are aware of this and checking this with our billing team, once the changes have been corrected when will let you know.
 

Kind regards,

Chantelle

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Alamy.com / Re: Alamy Mass Downloads - AGAIN?
« on: January 03, 2023, 10:38 »
On my dashboard is shows that I am having fees removed from each sale (like normal). I just received a response from their contributor team that this is in error due to technical issues.  It is supposed to be a top up but their  system still took commissions. They said that was in error and will get back to me. Geeze.

Same for me:


Hi Sebastian,

 

This seems to be an error on our side and our team are looking into this. Hopefully, this will be rectified as soon as possible.

 

Kind regards,

Chantelle



And this after they sent me the same message again and I told them to read my emails for real and stop giving me copy paste....  >:(


Hi Sebastian,
 
After working with the distributor and as a gesture of good will, we are now going to rebill these images as a top up payment in your account, with the sale price being slightly higher than previously. These arent new licenses but are top up payments and you will see this reflected in your account over the coming days. This top up payment will also include the 100% commission that we were due to pay back to you from the corresponding sale(s) in September. Once again were sorry that this happened and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
 

Many Thanks,

Louise


They are so unprofessional ....

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Alamy.com / Re: your biggest sale on Alamy? and when was it?
« on: December 29, 2022, 06:14 »
Sorry to change the subject a bit I couldn't find the Alamy thread about sales for cents.
Having received another apologetic email from Alamy a couple of weeks ago along with a promise to pay a 100% commission on the Chinese distributor sales which they acknowledged shouldn't have happened in the first place due to being opted out, Alamay have sold another 17 of my images on 28/12/2022 for a grand total of $1.10. (gross)
How many more times will we have to go through this until they fulfil their promises to respect our choice to opt out of such sales.

Same here  >:(

Right a few days after I got the email from them telling me I would be paid 100% >:( >:( >:(

"Hi Sebastian,

 

After working with the distributor and as a gesture of good will, we are now going to rebill these images as a top up payment in your account, with the sale price being slightly higher than previously. These arent new licenses but are top up payments and you will see this reflected in your account over the coming days. This top up payment will also include the 100% commission that we were due to pay back to you from the corresponding sale(s) in September. Once again were sorry that this happened and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Many Thanks

Louise"



How can we have even a little trust in such companies?? Basically they are liars with no respect for our work!

 >:(



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Hi,

I've just contacted them saying they've become an disgrace.
Maybe we should all do that!

 >:(

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123RF / Re: If you have work on 123RF PLEASE READ
« on: December 02, 2022, 02:06 »
Huge drop in earnings last few months. Huge! I will wait few more weeks and if earnings not get recovered, I will delete all images. :'(

The same thing happens also to me... For several months now only one sale.... Very strange.
I'm trying to make that $50 and then close my account with them.

 :o

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Something similar just happened to me. More sales than usual.

I think if Adobe would offer a "good and fair contract" for exclusivity I would like to stay with them only.
But, unfortunately, when you add up the sales from the other agencies you realize that this is not really possible... Who knows...

 :)

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Alamy.com / Re: Alamy sale for 7 cents
« on: September 23, 2022, 05:54 »
over on the Alamy forum they posted

https://discussion.alamy.com/topic/15988-sales-to-china/page/2/

"
Hi All,

 

We're very sorry that due to a technical error on our part some of you who have opted-out of distribution are seeing image sales on your account via distribution sales.

 

We are aware of the issue that these sales shouldn't have happened for those opted-out of distribution, and we're investigating to establish what happened so we can resolve this as soon as possible. We'll be paying all contributors 100% of the commission from these sales. If you think you shouldn't have seen these distribution sales on your account, you can email [email protected] however we will be getting in touch with everyone affected once we have a clearer picture on the matter.

 

Thanks,

 

Alamy

"

I got a bunch of distro sales from China for 22 to 2 cents for which I get 5 to 0 cents. I'm opted out of China this year. Plus 2 cent sales for which the photographer gets 0 is never ok. They need to put a floor on the amount the photographer gets. It doesn't have to be very high, but it should definitely not be 0.

I just received the same answer from them....  >:(

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Alamy.com / Re: Alamy sale for 7 cents
« on: September 22, 2022, 03:25 »
Same here....

 >:(

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Selling photos to russia
« on: September 02, 2022, 01:25 »
I think it should at least be an optout for selling images to russia when shutterstock dont seem to have any problens selling.

Or maybe all images bought in russia going directly to aid Ukraine.

Good idea  :)

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Adobe Stock / Re: AS rejections
« on: August 05, 2022, 06:58 »
I also uploaded some "watercolor paintings" done in photoshop using some old photos of mine and the images were rejected - "PROPERTY RELEASE MISSING" ??!?.....

 ???

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Alamy.com / Re: Alamy sale for 7 cents
« on: July 01, 2022, 04:37 »
>:(

I opted out on first of April and, again, I had yesterday 10 distribution sales... I asked them couple of weeks ago why am I still having these sales...



Quote
Hi Sebastian,

 

The image was downloaded by our distributor before youd opted out of the Distribution scheme in April. Many of our distributors have long lead times and the sale has only just been reported to us.

 

Kind regards

Ellie

So, for how long I will still receive these "distribution" sales... I have no idea...

 >:( >:( >:(

I was about to file a complaint when a saw your post. Let's see how many months it'll take to clear those pre-april sales.
0,01 out of 0,05 sale is simply outrageous. I have more than a hundred of those for june. Alamy really had our best interest in mind when they made a deal with those distributors, didn't they?

I still think it would be a good idea to send them all emails with our complaints...

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Alamy.com / Re: Alamy sale for 7 cents
« on: July 01, 2022, 03:44 »
 >:(

I opted out on first of April and, again, I had yesterday 10 distribution sales... I asked them couple of weeks ago why am I still having these sales...



Quote
Hi Sebastian,

 

The image was downloaded by our distributor before youd opted out of the Distribution scheme in April. Many of our distributors have long lead times and the sale has only just been reported to us.

 

Kind regards

Ellie

So, for how long I will still receive these "distribution" sales... I have no idea...

 >:( >:( >:(

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Starting tomorrow, June 7 some of you will have the opportunity to re-nominate photos that are currently in the Free collection, or to nominate new photos for consideration. The window to nominate your photos will be open until June 22.
Hi Mat, thanks for the heads up.

What defines "some of you"?

Because when I look in the contributor portal I see no changes so I will not have the opportunity then, I guess.

I have the same questin as you :)

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Alamy.com / Re: Credit Account Test Pack - $0.00?
« on: May 06, 2022, 01:41 »
I think eventually, we will have to pay them for "having the chance" to have the photos on their platforms...
 ::)

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I've had quite a lot of food photography sell on FAA.  They can sell as wall art for kitchens and dining rooms, holiday food (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine, Easter, etc) does well for greeting cards, I've sold several as jigsaw puzzles, a cake printed on a tapestry (of all things!). Heck, someone even purchased one of my candy photos printed on a shower curtain. So you never know.

Thanks for the encouragement! I'm really going to try to see if I can "squeeze" anything out of the photos I already have.

 :)

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Hi,

I was also thinking of an alternative to increase my income from stock photography. But, unfortunately, I don't know how many would be willing to buy products with pictures of food. But I don't want to practice another kind of photography just to sell PODs.

Anyway, I think the best way is to try and see what happens...
 :D

Good luck to all!
 :)

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Alamy.com / Re: How to opt out of penny sales?
« on: March 29, 2022, 01:43 »
Same problem.. I stopped uploading pictures as soon as I had the first such sales, couple of month ago. Next month I will try to get out of all those "profitable" sales. If I still have such sales, Alamy will have the same fate for me as Shutterstock ... I'll delete the account and that's it.
Eventually, solutions will be found for us as well. Everything is cyclical. I hope  :D

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Hi,
I don't login often, maybe once a year, but is giving me "those detaisl don't match our records...". I tried to reset password and username, but I don't even get an email, not in Spam folder.

I also had those problems...I exchanged a lot of emails with support, but nothing. I finally figured out that if I wait, say, two hours and then try again, it works.
 :)

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