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General Stock Discussion / Re: European Union suing Apple
« on: May 03, 2021, 07:06 »
The European Commission said the tech giant was in breach of its rules by charging high commission fees in its App Store.

Could this be the thin end of the wedge, and help the Microstock creative sector fight back against the likes of Shutterstock and Getty.

Would be nice.
I'm not really familiar with the App Store, but i think it's a different scenario than microstock sites.
AFAIK the App Store only provides a platform the distribute the apps, but the developer still have to do their own marketing to reach customers.
With microstock sites you just upload your material, and forget the rest, trusting the agency with finding buyers for your work.

Still it would be great to do something about abusive MS commission structures. Just wanted to say that comparing App Store commissions to microstock commissions directly could be misleading

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Update.  Among 7 youtube videos I filed claim for copyright infringement, 6 were removed.  Probably the one that remains was legitimately purchased by the poster.  But I don't think he has the right to post it on YouTube on its entirety.  It has 100k views in less than 2 years and many on comment section claimed they downloaded to use for their projects.

I think the only way he could do this with clips is buying the exclusive rights of the for ever. Pretty sure he doesn't do that..   I think only Dreamstime sells such license if you allow it specifically

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Reached Level 2 on videos w/o selling any.
« on: February 18, 2021, 17:20 »
Anyone else get an unexplained eMail?

I've also got an email of reaching level 4 for videos, while i expected to reach it around may...  no idea how

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Logging in on the website, the unfinished files look like this:


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For quite a while i cannot submit videos uploaded to Pixta.

Attached a screenshot of how it looks like.

 

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General - Stock Video / Re: Best Video Stock Sites
« on: December 02, 2020, 10:19 »
Thank you all for the kind feedback. All well noted. And what about StoryBlocks, complete waste of time?

Stay away from that, that is an unlimited sub site...

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@Desintegrator

Yes, that's still the strategy.
Because they are blocking some requests (obviously they won't block the requests from your normal browsing because they're aiming at blocking "bots")
They probably do not realize that their blocking does more harm (prevents contributors from submitting content) than good.

As of the metadata - they're filling it automatically (incorrectly) and it won't be correct until StockSubmitter can submit them.

I'm just confused what to say to them without mentioning SS, as i can submit files using the web page.

But i'll try something

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is it still the strategy if i have no problem using the site from a web browser?
The sympthom in Stocksubmitter is that the list of files to submit comes up, te the process is unsuccessful in the end. After checking things on the website i've found that Stocksubmitter could enter all the metadata for the videos and it's saved, with categories and everything, just the file is still not submitted

hm.. actually it was not true..  unfortunately all the files have the metadata of one particular video entered, so all are wrong except one

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Submitting videos to Dreamstime doesn't work. "Error parsing the site"

They've started blocking access randomly.

Please try contacting them and telling them that you're receiving an access denied error when you try to open their website.
Do not mention StockSubmitter though :)

is it still the strategy if i have no problem using the site from a web browser?
The sympthom in Stocksubmitter is that the list of files to submit comes up, te the process is unsuccessful in the end. After checking things on the website i've found that Stocksubmitter could enter all the metadata for the videos and it's saved, with categories and everything, just the file is still not submitted

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MicrostockSubmitter / Dreamstime footage submission not working
« on: October 27, 2020, 12:04 »
Submitting videos to Dreamstime doesn't work. "Error parsing the site"

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Is there anything to do about these Adobe verification codes haveng to be entered from emails several times a day?  It started a few day ago, and makes work really frustrating. I had the check my email and copy it around four times just in the post one hour.

You should be able to change your verification settings for your Adobe ID through account.adobe.com

One logged in, click Password and Security in the profile tab
The Password and Security screen, click Manage on Two-step verification

There you can set the authentication to go through your phone or through an app

-Mat

Thanks for the answer!
Unfortunately it could not solve this. I've checked my account settings and two step verification was turned off to begin with.

Are you using SS or M+?

SS

Actually in the last few days it was tolerable, i only had to enter it once a day (it would still be great not having to), but there were cases when i had to do it 4 times an hour and such

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Is there anything to do about these Adobe verification codes haveng to be entered from emails several times a day?  It started a few day ago, and makes work really frustrating. I had the check my email and copy it around four times just in the post one hour.

You should be able to change your verification settings for your Adobe ID through account.adobe.com

One logged in, click Password and Security in the profile tab
The Password and Security screen, click Manage on Two-step verification

There you can set the authentication to go through your phone or through an app

-Mat

Thanks for the answer!
Unfortunately it could not solve this. I've checked my account settings and two step verification was turned off to begin with.




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Is there anything to do about these Adobe verification codes haveng to be entered from emails several times a day?  It started a few day ago, and makes work really frustrating. I had the check my email and copy it around four times just in the post one hour.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Statistics
« on: June 26, 2020, 15:19 »
You can select past dates, but no more than 13 months in one go.

Their stats reporting is terrible and hasn't been improved in a long time (which leads me to believe they don't give this any priority), but you can get there if you do it year by year

I agree, the 13 month limit is not ideal. We are aware our statistics tools have a lot of room for improvement. There are resources dedicated to this needed improvement and I'll be sure to update MSG when that happens.

Thanks for your patience!


Mat

I would be already happy if you just restore the previous functionality. It worked very well up until 1-2 months ago. Used to be my favourite statistics tool on microstock sites

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Adobe Stock / Re: Statistics
« on: June 19, 2020, 11:33 »
Will we get back the possibility of long term annual statistics?

It was taken away a few month ago and i really miss it.

And even for quarterly statistics the 13 month limit is extremely limiting. In my opinion it renders the statistics page almost useless

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In my case, earning drops are not very severe, June will probably be below average month but it does not seem tragical so far. Average price per image dropped a lot but the amount of sales increased. Nevertheless, there is still small amount of data to do better conclusions. Have not disabled whole portfolio but will disable videos at first (considering images as well).

https://artmino.com/boycottshutterstock-more-than-2-of-images-disappeared/

Don't forget that this new system allows SS to discount as much as they want, to grab market share from agencies paying more fairly!

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Video Equipment / Sofware / Technique / A video from Iceland
« on: June 11, 2020, 06:36 »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8DmeMgO3aQ

Some videos from a trip in Southern Iceland, May 2018. Somewhat messy, there is no clear concept, some nice placea, also has a few parts mainly just for memories of the trip with friends. 22 minutes.

1Dx mk II with 16-35, 24-105, 100-400
Dji Mavic pro (sadly still the old version, with pretty weak camera...)
Set it to 1440p the least, Youtube compression ruins quite a lot things.

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I see Yakov Filimonov hasn't disabled his portfolio.
He's deleting all his images!
410,000 pictures a few days ago, 120,000 now!!!
https://www.shutterstock.com/g/jackf

I think it just takes time until they are gradually removed from search indexing?

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That's crazy...    SS used to have quality control, many years ago...


https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/thick-glass-plastic-barrier-room-bricks-1333258736

Not really as far as I'm concerned and I've been doing this for almost 10 years. I always had issues with them. Maybe a fellow countryman or similar content provider who sees me as their competition, who knows!
All I know is that I had to contact an (ex) admin/reviewer more then a few times to correct these unjustified rejections and they all went online soon after. Mistakes can be made but this is obviously something else.
This not only happens at SS btw but also at AS, especially when it was still Fotolia. I don't know why some people try to find good reason for their unjustified rejections while it could just be a reviewer messing around or trying to eliminate their (or friends) competition.

There was a time about 8 years ago... I used to submit batches 50 images with diverse theme and varied quality. Some of the images i considered perfect, some of them ok, and some "lets try it anyways, it may get accepted"
Yet most of the reviews were either accepting all of them, or rejecting all of them.
But back in 2007 it felt like i can actually learn from the rejection reasons.

But in some ways it can be expected...  we all experience that sales are much more diluted now. One image today earns much less than 10-15 years ago. That also means that SS can spend less on reviews on a per image basis. Probably reviews are not trained as much as they used to be, and they have much less time to judge an image

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That's crazy...    SS used to have quality control, many years ago...


https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/thick-glass-plastic-barrier-room-bricks-1333258736


(not that my port is stellar...  i have my share of crappy shots and some of them even sell. But submitting snapshots constantly... it's crazy that SS doesn't shut this down)

Sometimes i think that they let in all kinds of shots and hundreds of millions of images, because they can sell access to their library to companies who want to train machine vision neural networks. It's just the perfect thing for that. Hundreds of millions of pictures of everything in the world, with keywords and descriptions. Can you imagine anything better to train an AI?

For images that had sales SS also has data about which keywords are the most relevant for the specific image

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Thieves haven't stopped uploading there...nice title buddy lol

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/pete-wright-zeyma01zsvc-unsplash-jpg-1617540907

Or someone could look for all te images from free sites that are also on SS and spread the word on main design sites on how they're charging for something that is free.

I know we are all angry with Shutterstock, rightfully so... but i don't think promoting free sites would be a good strategy for us.

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If we are presistant enough Shutterstock won't be able to have a social media presence anymore.

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His twitter feed has only 281 followers? What kind of a CEO is this?

And you are right, his likes are a lot of Trumpian glory likes.

Every day I learn something new that is worse than before.

@spavlovsky

https://twitter.com/spavlovsky?s=20

Why dont even the employees follow their own boss? Business partners? Some of the 1.2 Million producers?

How is this profile designed to represent the company, get ready to connect with all the other CEOs and impress potential customers?

They follow him on Facebook :D
https://www.facebook.com/spavlovsky

Hah what a joke the CEO of a tech company and he hasn't even bothered to update his FB page ~ silly goose still works for Allrecipes  ;D

If everyone sends him some friend requests prolingeg over time.. he will have a hard time to sort out the real ones :D   
But of course, he can just block it. Or not care about facebook at all

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock just became iStock 2.0
« on: June 07, 2020, 10:59 »
A couple Facebook groups to join to link up with folks dedicated to pushing back on the Shutterstock commission cut. We're stronger unified.

Stock Submitter Coalition: https://www.facebook.com/groups/261369748434285/
Shutterstock Contributors Worldwide: ...

Stay with the first one! In Shutterstock Contributors Worldwide they've banned posts that are openly critical about SS or promote protest.

Is that a SS managed group?

Not sure..  sometimes it almost seems to be. But maybe just the owner is aiming to get SS refferals, so doesn't want to defame SS

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