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Yaymicro / Re: Yaymicro - Legal solution ideas
« on: Yesterday at 05:49 »
If you have not uploaded, submitted, and had a file approved during the last 2 years your account will be at risk of deletion, cancellation & any pending balance owed will be reset or forfeit.

LOL, so they can keep your contant up AND reset the balance. I said it before but these people are on a whole new level

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I agree with you. That J. Oringer used to be a nice guy when he was a forum admin. I think money changes many people for the worst.

Pretty amazing to see how much this is true if you follow him on Twitter. The kind of stuff he "likes" and retweets is getting closer and closer to the stuff that Stan had to completely shut down his account and start from scratch over. Although the other half of his content is just desperately trying to push Florida as the new Silicon Valley (yeah right we get it, it's because it's the new tech center of the universe and not because of the tax breaks and getting to run over protestors there now  ::)).

People see this stuff from the billionaire class and think you have to be the biggest most heartless a**hole in the world to make it. J was no where near this bad when his business was taking off and he really was truly being innovating and building it. There was plenty to go round for everyone. Its now that he feels the need to hoard his huge pile of golds like a f**king dragon, avoiding taxation and screwing contributors, that hes turned into an a**hole. One recent retweet People who dont like trickle down economics sure seem to like trickle down taxation

Wouldnt be so so galling if Shutterstock wasnt trying to push the exact opposite image of the company.

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DepositPhotos / Re: Revenue Share Special Program
« on: May 02, 2021, 05:06 »
I had a bit more time to look over their selection, and they literally sliced off THE MOST popular files I had left on the site for the program (as well as a few low sellers). Why the need to lie and say that they are included poorly selling files only?! They obviously don't give two s**ts about trying to rebuild a reputation after all the BS with the sites initial launch, or following the scandal after the trial purchases by the Russian community etc. I guess a leopard really doesn't change it's spots

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DepositPhotos / Re: Yayimages contributor on Depositphotos
« on: April 29, 2021, 11:19 »
I went through this with YAY images when I was trying desperately to get them to delete my images. They claimed it was the last owners made the deal with DP and they aren't anything to do with it any more, but our images are still there and I assume that means we werent and arent seeing any of the sales income from these.

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DepositPhotos / Re: Revenue Share Special Program
« on: April 29, 2021, 10:26 »
Okay, think I worked out how to select which files to incude or remove from the scheme.

The email says
"We handpicked the files that we believe will find success within the program. Check out the files that we selected from your portfolio in this Special Program lightbox .
If youre happy with our selection, then no further action is needed. If you would like to add or delete files, please do so within 7 days of receiving this email. "


If you follow their link we are actually the curators of our lightboxes. You can edit it by clicking the star at the bottom of the page and making sure the "Revenue Share Special Progam" folder is selected (rather than favourites)

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DepositPhotos / Re: Revenue Share Special Program
« on: April 29, 2021, 10:24 »
I am in the revenue share with Envanto, Elements, and that particular revenue share model is healthy. The difference is they are VERY picky about what gets selected, unlike DP who is using "unsold" or "low sell" images.  I think that they need to provide some deeper insights in the coming day or two regarding the "share" or I am going to opt out.  I think with DP we're looking at pennies per image sold as opposed to a bigger slice than their current 32 cents, or whatever.

I have some older images on the site and it looks to me like they have included some of the best sellers I have on there, not just low selling images, whatever they claim.

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Okay, so could be programming to farm clicks or certain amount of dls from subs accounts to boost positions

If that's what he did, then why only Shutterstock and not on other agencies? ...

Could be he saw the bigger earnings potential so concentrated on beating the algorithm at SS.
Could be that it does involve purchasing a certain number of images and the maths just makes sense on SS for investment/ return

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His linkd profile does exist. You need to search Google for his profile picture. This takes you to a contact. He is listed in that persons contacts on linkd. Listed as his current position are these details.

QA Test Lead AS PNB Banka
AS PNB Banka
Nov 2012 - Present8 years 6 months

Latvia

- Organize the work of the testing department
- automatic test creation (Java, Selenium, JUnit)
- Control the quality of products developed
- to provide a technical task of developing
- authorization device (DigiPass) Storage and Release.
- Internet bank and the bank's Web page maintenance / administration.
- The update preparation to the real environment (Internet banks and the bank's web-site, SVN, GIT)
- Incident solving.


Source https://tinyurl.com/27sthyp7
Okay, so could be programming to farm clicks or certain amount of dls from subs accounts to boost positions

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Interesting theory, but since he has real accounts on various stock agencies, I doubt that's what's going on here.
Yeah, thanks, so not an SS owned portfolio

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Is he on any other sites? Are we sure the portfolio doesn't just belong to SS so the stick it front and centre to avoid paying comissions as much as they can?

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Reading through, "33% royalties on the Adobe Stock revenue from Pro Edition downloads" is a much better deal than SS's pathetic percentage on used downloads (so an absolute BS percentage they can change whenever they like by changing download limits on packages) and IS's awful partner sales for pennies.

But, I'd like to see a minimum per dl, which would also motivate AS to police abuse of accounts to download huge amounts of content. AS/ FL is historically not good at that kind of thing (e.g. copyright infringement of artists work on the site) so I would have to see a structural reason for them to care rather than taking it on trust that they will.

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Wonder what Adobe's marketing spend is vs what they stand to make from this move. Wonder what the cost of all this ill will and tarnishing of the brand in the creative community is worth? Be interesting to know.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Worst month on shutterstock
« on: April 02, 2021, 03:29 »
This idea that the NHS is 'free' is complete and utter rubbish.  It is paid for from National Insurance Contributions.  Every worker has 11% deducted from salary in addition to income taxes.  Employers pay extra.  Yes, part of this money goes towards other benefits such as unemployment, national pensions etc.  But a large part is to pay for the NHS.

Imagine someone earning a reasonable 50,000 per annum.  They pay 5500 a year in National Insurance.  A typical person works 40 years, so that's 220000 over a working life not adjusting for inflation etc.

Now imagine if that money was instead invested in an annual investment plan.  Even at a modest 5% a year that money would grow to somewhere near to 1,000,000 - easily enough money for retirement and health.

What would you rather have - free NHS and a small Government pension, or one million pounds in the bank?

Again lets look at the actual facts:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_total_health_expenditure_per_capita

Look a the bar chart of "Total health expenditure per capita in US dollars"

This one is actually mind boggling. People in the US actually pay more in taxes towards their health care than people in the UK, then have to pay insurance on TOP.  It is absolutely insane how corrupt health care has become in the US.

Also national insurance is mainly for State Pensions and Benefits. 80-90% NHS funding comes from general taxation https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/projects/nhs-in-a-nutshell/how-nhs-funded. And also not 12% and someone on 50000 would pay 4851 but now we are getting into the weeds on a post that has no foundation (for the other reasons stated)

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Worst month on shutterstock
« on: April 02, 2021, 03:23 »

People always vote with their feet when deciding where life is better. ...
Agreed and here are the actual numbers https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_net_migration_rate

USA comes in below Germany, Sweden, UK, Norway, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Great Britain, Denmark and on and on. A large number of immigrants to the US are fleeing problems in South America, as in the US is not a virtual war zone and can be reached on foot, as opposed to going there because it is the land of milk and honey. For the same reason as a lot of middle eastern countries that are not at war are at at the top of the table. It is more to do with instability forcing people to flee to the best nearest option. It's not like most poor South American refugees and asylum seekers have the option of fleeing to a European country.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Istock acquires Unsplash
« on: April 01, 2021, 01:41 »
The guy who owned istock said more or less exactly the same thing when Getty wooed and bought him.
It's eerie how much this sounds like Bruce speaking when Getty purchased IStock. Almost like it has been written by the same press team (i.e. Getttys)

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Canva / Re: Canva, what's the plan now?
« on: March 30, 2021, 13:56 »

Cavan Images does it, you can go from 40% to 50% if you convince them.

Yup, and one of the top agencies that has tiers boosted me to second from top tier from the outset and gave me preferential search placement in the algorithm. The most egregious thing I was offered was a deal on a new subs site were 50% income was split between contributors. I was offered for each of my downloads to count as two units in the calculation in perpetuity (I refused to ever upload my images to this site as this was so dishonest, taking money from other contributors without them knowing).

Anyway back on topic, C and other agencies are reading this thread right now and getting the impression that contributors dont care what they get as long as are paid something. You dont even have to tell us what we got per download or as a percentage of sales, so that's good carry on.

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Canva / Re: Canva, what's the plan now?
« on: March 30, 2021, 02:59 »

so you totally believe everything the other agencies tell you about sales?  every week it seems it's another agencies night in the barrel.  at least canva is doing something - why do you support other agencies that give you ZERO from  their unused subscriptions, etc?

I am all for the idea of splitting a percentage of total sub payments between contributors based on how many downloads each contributor gets. It is much better than Shutterstocks new payment structure where we do indeed get zero from unused subs and SS gets to pretend they pay a much larger percentage to use than they actually do.
 
This isnt what is happening with Canva. They are paying out an amount each month, the level of which which they get to decide on with zero transparency, and without any indication of how they come up with the figure. I cant believe you are defending it and not pushing for better terms. Why would you support a business relationship where one side gets to 100% set the terms like that? Why not try and negotiate for a better deal. Its weird to me.

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Canva / Re: Canva, what's the plan now?
« on: March 29, 2021, 01:19 »
Not sure how Canva has gotten away with the pay structure of "let us sell your work in our subs offering and we will chuck you as much cash as we feel like on any given day, with zero transparency to boot. Pinky swear it will be fine"

It is absolutely crazy, I think we must all be been under some sort of mass hypnosis!
what are they getting away with? NO other agency shares their subscription earnings this way! - to the benefit of the artists

if only the other sites would follow this model - sub sales on canva have been great compared to their former sales
We don't even know what percentage we are getting collectively. They just choose a total amount they want to split between contributors and send it out with a vague promise they will increase it as they increase sales. Not even a promise they will do so in proportion to their income or anything. Is there any other agency that operates like this? Do you have any doubt they will cut our payments without us even knowing when they hit saturation?

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Canva / Re: Canva, what's the plan now?
« on: March 28, 2021, 07:31 »
Not sure how Canva has gotten away with the pay structure of "let us sell your work in our subs offering and we will chuck you as much cash as we feel like on any given day, with zero transparency to boot. Pinky swear it will be fine"

It is absolutely crazy, I think we must all be been under some sort of mass hypnosis!

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I always say cut out the worst agencies entirely and only give the lower RPD sub sites work that is several years old at least. To make this work you have to be quite organised so you can keep uploading regularly your new stuff to the best paying (per download) sites and your oldest stuff to the lower paying sites.

It will take some nerve in the beginning because it means pausing uploads entirely to some of the best earning sites for some time to make them fall behind the better RPD sites with your content, but it really works to increase your overall income. It has meant I have been able to grow my earnings consistently for many years and been able to maintain a six figure salary for 8+ years.

We are in the business of licensing intellectual property. Think of it like film companies did pre Covid. The Cinema release of a film brings in a load of cash (high RPD sites) then eventually it goes to streaming rentals or Netflix (low RPD sites). The rentals may even bring in more money in the long run, but you dont need to miss out on the chunk from those willing to pay more. If we all did this we would also eventually ensure the best RPD sites have the best and freshest content on an ongoing basis, so buyers prepared to pay for that go there while those who just need good enough older stuff can stick to the cheaper subs offerings.

I know I am about to get a load of but these sites are my best earners, I dont care about RPD only what I make overall on a site, responses. Ask yourself how well that has been working for you, or them, lately.

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Canva / Re: Canva ftp upload down for anyone else?
« on: March 12, 2021, 10:04 »
Yes was using correct settings. Connection now working again for me

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Canva / Re: Canva ftp upload down for anyone else?
« on: March 10, 2021, 10:06 »
Yes same error. Hopefully they will fix it soon!

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Canva / Canva ftp upload down for anyone else?
« on: March 10, 2021, 07:25 »
I would email them direct but as replies take several weeks seems a bit pointless...

Anyone else or just me? Thanks

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Sensitive use complaint
« on: March 08, 2021, 11:16 »
That makes sense, I can tell her that.  And the more I think of it, deleting the images is the least I can do as a gesture of goodwill.
And no, I will absolutely NOT offer her money.

Honestly you are being very kind. The least you can do is nothing as they agreed to the terms and should have known this was a possibility. But for a quiet life sometimes it's worth choosing your battles.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Sensitive use complaint
« on: March 08, 2021, 10:12 »
Do not offer her money! You may not use lawyers but they could and they could use that as an admission of having done something wrong or of liability in some way.

I am not a lawyer but personally I think I would delete the photo just to avoid the hassle. There's nothing you can do about the licenses already sold but buyers wont usually reuse photos for new campaigns so they should rapidly see less of it. Most news organisation or magazines etc. will have a subscription to a stock site and its easier to search up something appropriate than digging through old photos on file.

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