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General Stock Discussion / Re: Trademarks at FAA
« on: August 20, 2019, 12:01 »
U of Alabama vs Daniel Moore:

judge rules it is legal for photographers to sell photos that contain the trademarks of others

I think you mean that is legal under restricted terms of use (editorial).
At the contrary, It would be difficult to understand why stock agencies reject images with copyrighted items or logos.

About FAA, it is not for editorial use, for sure

no, I meant it is legal to take photographs of the trademarks of others and sell them for a profit.

trademark protection prevents others from using your brand to identify themselves. there is no trademark protection that prevents a photographer from selling a photo. it is how the photo is used that matters. selling the photo is not considered 'use'.

General - Top Sites / any stock photo site have an RSS feed?
« on: August 20, 2019, 11:56 »
does anyone know of a stock photo site that has an RSS feed for live search results or portfolios?


General Stock Discussion / Re: Trademarks at FAA
« on: August 13, 2019, 12:18 »
U of Alabama vs Daniel Moore:

judge rules it is legal for photographers to sell photos that contain the trademarks of others

see U of Alabama vs Daniel Moore.

judge ruled that photographers can sell photos that contain trademarks.

Shutterstock.com / Re: 5 word minimum
« on: May 19, 2019, 11:41 »
Good idea. Descriptions are used in searches, and adding relevant words in your descriptive sentence(s) gives you additional keywords if you hit the max of 50.

Plus, descriptions get placed in the page's title, which is good for search engine indexing.

I hardly think this new minimum should cause anyone any grief.

increasing the length of a title increases the length of the URL which is then penalized by search engines. this will have the opposite result of what was intended.

having more keywords reduces your keyword density which is also penalized by most search engines

minimum word length = bad idea

now the "okay" hand gesture is being rejected by at least 1 stock agency

you wrote: "If you are getting mass rejections what has that to do with CanStocks financial status?"

new uploads go onto a hard drive on their privately owned servers, with no rental fees for disk usage

approved content goes out to a CDN which they have to pay a daily / monthly fee per megabyte

if they stop accepting new submissions, people think they are going out of business

if they approve new content, they have to pay more in CDN fees

that is how I know they are having financial problems.

the DMCA protects the stock agencies.

however, I am pretty sure there is a copyright law that predates the DMCA that states that once they know there is infringement, they become liable from that date. so even if you are not the owner, the site is still liable if they do not take any action.

same here.

used to get lots of unjustified rejections, saying all my photos where too similar (they absolutely are not)

now they accept everything

I am also getting mass rejections. so for many months I stopped submitted.

they must be in financial trouble, no other reason to do this,

Shutterstock.com / Re: 5 word minimum
« on: May 03, 2019, 03:33 »
it is a dumb idea because no one reads the description when making a decision to purchase an image.

it might not be a big deal for people with small portfolios, but when you have 60,000 photos it is a big deal when you have to go back and retitle 10,000 photos just to comply with a requirement that has no effect on sales.

I have had to do this for bigstock and all it does it lead to stupid titles. "smiling young girl" becomes "smiling young girl with long hair" which has no impact on someone's desire to buy the image. it is just a waste of time.

these companies should be making it easier for people to contribute, not harder.

to say you like this idea is just stupid. why shouldn't someone have the right to make a title with 4 words? seriously you think it is a great idea to force everyone else to increase their title length, when they can do it voluntarily anyway? you are opposed to 4 word titles for other contributors?

Shutterstock.com / 5 word minimum
« on: May 02, 2019, 23:47 »
shutterstock now requires 5 word minimum for all descriptions?

dumb idea

General Stock Discussion / Re: Mostphotos--Is it working.
« on: May 02, 2019, 04:42 »
sometimes I log in and my portfolio is gone, but it was there today when I checked

this case looks like it leans more on the fair use side as opposed to infringing.

I use prodad mercalli

General Stock Discussion / Re: EyeEm
« on: April 03, 2019, 21:42 »
you said: "Most of my photos have been removed, but there are still a few dozen available for sale."

Send a DMCA takedown request.

General - Stock Video / Re: U.S Copyright registration
« on: March 30, 2019, 04:05 »
copyrights are regulated by the Berne convention

General - Stock Video / Re: U.S Copyright registration
« on: March 30, 2019, 04:03 »
once they changed the laws to copyright upon creation, it was not as necessary to file copyrights

many people do not understand copyrights. pond5 said they needed a screenshot of my audio software to prove I owned my audio work. I told them I would send them my copyright registration for my music. they responded telling me that copyright registrations were not proof that I owned my music.

the copyright filing fee, last I checked, is $35 or so PER WORK. you'd have to file it per video for it to be valid, and you'd have to send each video on a separate dvd.

I told companies stock agencies that they should work with the copyright office to make everything easier for us, but they have not done so. istock did a meeting with the copyright office, that they announced after I asked them, but I don't know what came out of it.

copyrights are only proof that you register with the government. after that, if you ever have a legal problem, it is between you and the defendant and the courts (using your copyright registrations as evidence). there is no way to automatically prevent infringement.

your copyright is only good in your country, unless you pay a fee per country, and that only is eligible for some countries. forgot which convention regulated it, maybe the Hague convention?

its not worth it unless your work has a high existing value.

Pond5 / Re: Letter to pond5 and quick Poll for contributors
« on: March 21, 2019, 14:46 »
pond5 is tricking us.

let's say you have $10,000,000 in payouts to everyone non-exclusive. and that goes down to 40% so it goes down to $8,000,000. that is $2,000,000 less.

but then you have all the people who are exclusive, and the payout is $100,000. and they are getting their full share. basically what pond5 is doing is saving huge amounts of cash from non-exclusive people but that money is not going to pay exclusive people, it is going into their profit margin. the only way it might equalize is if 50% of sellers are exclusive and 50% are not, which is very very unlikely. I doubt if even 1% go exclusive.


Pond5 / Re: Letter to pond5 and quick Poll for contributors
« on: March 21, 2019, 14:41 »
0 people are going to become exclusive with pond5. pond5 will pay everyone 10% less. this is what will happen.

according to that stats site with the bird logo (I forgot the name), I am above the 93 percentile in earnings of all stock contributors. So I make more than 93% of photographers and videographers.

I have 20,000 videos and about 50,000 photos (half online, rest are pending upload).

I make about $35,000 a year from stock.

good luck

I spent a lot of time retouching some of my best photos and the retouched images are popular in some cases.

I did some color changes as you suggest, but I did not do it on duplicates. If I have 20 photos of a person wearing a shirt, I changed it so that 5 have 1 shirt color, 5 have another, etc.

Pond5 / Re: Is it worth it to upload photographs to Pond5?
« on: January 29, 2019, 12:07 »
I have around 29,000 photos on pond5 and make $10 to $20 per month from them.

Pond5 / uploads not showing up
« on: January 29, 2019, 12:02 »
lately 15% to 50% of my uploads are not showing up.

when I upload I keep a record of the file size on the remote ftp server and I record whether it is successful or fails. my records show the files are being received in full by pond5's ftp servers. but they never appear on the site

probably a problem with disk space on a temp drive

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