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I think I may have an explanation for why we're seeing lower royalties on custom licenses this month versus during January. In another thread about royalties, Mat Hayward said:

It should make sense JoAnn but there is still something I don't understand:
For what I can see the "custom license" earning for contributors is not really "fluctuating": at the contrary it decreases regularly from january 1st
It started with about 1,47$, then started decreasing and it had never went back to that price

I can't see a single sale with a higher amount than the previous ones.
It quite difficult to understand that the increase of use of this pro plan is so regular in 45 days from the beginning of year.

Did this happen last year too or just January 2024?

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock steals sales. Control purchase
« on: February 13, 2024, 09:45 »
It's an interesting experiment, and I understand that the contributors want to stay anonymous, because buying your own images is against the TOS. But on the other hand, this leaves very little room for verification. Anyone can claim anything. Always be careful with 3rd party information like "heard it from a friend who has been told by a friend that another friend..." Information can get thickened or altered per hop :-)
It's not much a friend of a friend thing. I know the guy on the forums for many years. And yes, it's about ToS. He is still not ready to pull out the portfolio from SS.

But this is not the first time I have seen such accusations against the SS. It was always something like, I know the client and he told me about a purchase that I dont see, or someone would just say that some studio made a control purchase and it's failed, etc. Things I might have missed or not believed. But this time I have a clear numbers, clear data on what and when. That's why I bring it here.

This is a good idea. Ask your friend to check DP, DT, AS, IS and Alamy for the same, then write the anonymous report of the findings. Why only SS?

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Very low video sales
« on: February 04, 2024, 07:53 »
All those nobody stock contributors hate me.  LOL!!  Whatever. 
They got nothing better than ridiculing people.  Useless posters.
They've never started a meaningful thread/conversation.  All they do is to come in and ridicule people.  And then I strike back, they get upset like a little punk.  LMAO!!  Weak.

Seek support from a mental health professional.

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I had a look at the mage page.

In the terms of service it says that everything created is public domain.

Not sure if that is ideal.

Everything created is public domain because AI can't be copyrighted. A machine is not a human mind.

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While Mick West is still defending his balloon theory for the Jellyfish footage Dave Falch has stepped in to give his analysis.

Conclusion: Black DARPA craft undergoing testing and footage leaked.

https://youtu.be/S9qbB23BuhI?feature=shared

He does however explain what it's unlikely to be. Spoiler: No balloon animals

When you post stupid videos and allegations like this, you make yourself look like a fool. Giant jellyfish UFO. Looks like a deflated weather balloon, drifting in the wind. Stick to serious questions like Dod, disclosure and the oversite committee, not foolish sci-fi click bait.

It's just a weather balloon. UFO nuts make the ordinary into a mystery. They lack critical thinking of any kind.

Lowls, prove it's not just a weather balloon.

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NASA Report, Officials stressed the panel found no evidence that UAPs had extraterrestrial origin.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/nasa-s-ufo-task-force-has-released-its-final-report-it-s-not-aliens/ar-AA1gJtVJ

We find no evidence that UAPs are extraterrestrial in origin, said team lead David Spergel at Princeton University during the press conference. Most events are explainable as planes, balloons, drones, weather phenomena and instrument features.

NASA Independent Panel report.

That said it only exhibits 70% human dna and 30% unknown.
?????

Unknown doesn't translate to aliens or anything, it means... UNKNOWN very simple, it couldn't be identified because the structure was too old or had been destroyed. Finding nothing is not a way to jump to the conclusion that it's something else.

Thank you Peter for explaining the obvious. Just answering a question. Don't panic no one is challenging your religious beliefs.

Looks more like they are challenging your cult religious beliefs. Your denialist rants and personal attacks on anyone who questions your religion is over reaction to doubts. Why can't you answer or give us the evidence for the claims instead of many people, or calling them whistleblowers? Their whistle makes no sound just a stream of hot air.

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One thing for certain in my experience is that it has never ever gone down like this before. Especially with what I know is coming.

What is coming? When?

The aliens are coming seems to be what Lowls is saying. I don't welcome that idea. If they are here as the grim reapers to harvest us, will they take the prize cattle first or thin the herd. Maybe they see the planet is being mismanaged and the pandemic didn't kill enough. We have famine, climate change, over population, nuclear weapons and more. I don't know why everyone thinks they are benevolent. We could be nothing but stock for a food supply for many other species. No one welcomed the slave traders, but people want to meet the aliens who could end our freedom.

I think the aliens first mission will be remove the agencies that are interfering with the plans. Take out the government that has captured fellow visitors and holds them hostage while trying to duplicate the technology. Next will be the meddling investigators who are exposing the aliens to the rest of us. They are not hiding without a reason. I don't welcome the aliens revealing their plans here.

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What do the aliens look like? We have all kinds of reports and claims, people have seen them and believe they have been abducted. What do aliens look like in their descriptions. That's a pretty basic and simple question? Is there any group consensus or collective way to describe the alien appearance?

What do UFOs look like. I mean, I can describe an airplane, boat or a car, can someone describe what the aliens travel in? No I don't expect anyone to understand the propulsion systems, just some nice basic data to build from?

 There are all kind of photos and claims. Darn near everyone now carries a camera/phone that can take photos or video. I would expect we'd have more and better images, than in the old days.

After the disclosure or the official first contact, you should be able to buy an encyclopedia of aliens with illustrations. If you survive the ontological shock.

For now, the field is so muddied with hoaxes and disinformation, that for the average person it is difficult to figure out what is true.

Listen to serious and credible people like Elizondo, Nolan, Coulthart or Valle. You will not hear stories about the Galactic Federation or alien races from them. But what you hear from them sounds very serious. Elizondo and Nolan probably cannot disclose everything they know and have seen. Look up that famous "somber" comment from Elizondo...

There are plenty of reports from "experiences", just look for them. There are some recurring "races" of aliens in their stories, but it is up to you to judge how credible a given experiencer is. I will not do that for you. I am not trying to convince anyone about anything, but I wish some people expanded their intellectual horizons a little. It is great to be an open-minded skeptic, but it is stupid to be a denialist.

Why haven't we had a disclosure or an official first contact yet? Well, just look at this thread... Denialists and religious fundamentalists on the whole planet would probably go berserk... But things have accelerated greatly in the recent months for some reason. I think we are approaching that moment.

This will be just another farce from the UFO cult followers. These events are nothing but more programming for the weak minds of the brainwashed.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: New Data / Data set Licensing
« on: June 30, 2023, 08:15 »
I just got a review that says data set image which means a rejection, without saying it's a rejection or why. This is stupid dumb. I will delete the image. Now SS doesn't have to review, just let AI drop them into data set or approve.

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Each one needs to be edited to remove the color bar in the lower right. Resizing could be done batch. Still, I haven't seen anything from Open AI that didn't need editing, and people who use the other, still need to edit for size and error's.


Not sure what color bar you are talking about, my AI images don't have any.

Everyone who still claims AI images need some major editing is either lying to keep up the pretense that there is some actual human work involved or is simply using the wrong AI image generator.
Maybe this was true for the first gen Ai generators, but by now they produce perfect results at least 90% of the time.

Perfect results, you're joking.

Artist wins and rejects the prize.
https://www.msn.com/en-xl/news/other/artist-refuses-photography-award-after-revealing-his-picture-was-ai-generated/ar-AA19Yj8M
For me, working with AI image generators is a co-creation, in which I am the director. It is not about pressing a buttonand done it is. The images are "fake memories of a past, that never existed, that no-one photographed," created by putting them through AI image generators between 20 and 40 times, Eldagsen says on his website.

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midjourney temporarily halts free image trial

https://www.pcworld.com/article/1677533/midjourney-halts-free-trials-after-ai-photos-go-viral.html

Do not understand what the "AI-generated fake images that went viral" have to do with the free trial. It's not like the paid subscription will keep you from generating "fake images" - After all that's the whole point of midjourney.

"There's an expert .. who says that if there is not an indefinite pause on AI development ... 'Literally everyone on Earth will die,'"

Uhm, okay? I still do not understand what that has  to do with Midjourney stopping their free trial?

Humor that's a shortage around here.

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midjourney temporarily halts free image trial

https://www.pcworld.com/article/1677533/midjourney-halts-free-trials-after-ai-photos-go-viral.html

Do not understand what the "AI-generated fake images that went viral" have to do with the free trial. It's not like the paid subscription will keep you from generating "fake images" - After all that's the whole point of midjourney.

"There's an expert .. who says that if there is not an indefinite pause on AI development ... 'Literally everyone on Earth will die,'"

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Mr. Rinder?
« on: March 07, 2023, 07:35 »
W. Michael Lewis is a composer, producer, arranger, saxophonist and keyboardist who has collaborated with Laurin Rinder on many disco and funk albums, such as **Seven Deadly Sins**, **Le Pamplemousse** and **Tuxedo Junction**. He is also known for composing music for films such as **Shogun Assassin**, **Enter the Ninja** and **Blood Beach**. He is the vice president and director of audio research at Rinlew Production Co., a company that specializes in sound design and music production.

Producer and co-founder
AVI Records
Mar 1976 - Dec 1981 5 years 10 months
Hollywood, CA

Produced Liberace, El Coco, David Benoit, Le Pamplemouse, Rinder & Lewis. Composed the theme and soundtrack for the "In Search Of..." series hosted by Leonard Nimoy.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/w-michael-lewis-35b7222a

AVI Records began in 1968. It was formed by Seymour Heller, Ed Cobb and Ray Harris. Lewis doesn't show as a founder. Rinlew or what name they use, AVI produced an album by studio group El Coco, passing off the product as European.

Vice President/Director AR and co-owner
SnailWorx/S. Cargo Productions, Inc.
Jan 2006 - Present 17 years 3 months
Nashville, TN
International Record Company and Production Company

Who do you think is the real composer and who is the poser?

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Did anybody get a 1099 from Wirestock?

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Contributor Ugly Dashboard
« on: February 17, 2023, 06:44 »
Who cares any more?

People who still make decenet money from SS? For most contributors here, according to the monthly poll, SS ist still the second best earner.
46 behind AdobeStock and 6 ahead of IStock second best and falling.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock "Contributor Fund"
« on: December 28, 2022, 08:34 »
even more, each image used should count in level determination, and at time of usage, not every 6 months.

They aren't counted? How much do we make per use?

We don't know, and we don't know.

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DepositPhotos / Re: W9 issues with Depositphoto
« on: December 28, 2022, 08:32 »
I believe that only applies to immigrants or other individuals who are not able to apply for a social security number. I do have an SSN, but I do not give that out and instead use my EIN for any business related stuff. I also use it on any tax returns as well.

But it seems the only way Depositphotos will allow me to use the EIN as an individual is if I provide letters of incorporation.... but you have to be incorporated to have letters of incorporation at which point you are no longer an individual?

You're right they're wrong. We'd all have to be incorporated according to them.

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This morning


"Hi,

This is to inform you that our account on Adobe Stock has been temporarily deactivated. We are in the process of adjusting our integration including a few technical improvements, potentially adding creator names under each image/video and etc.

Due to the holiday season, the process is taking a bit longer, but we expect to have everything completed in January. With the updates in place, the operations will become smoother and more reliable, allowing a long-term consistent workflow.

Wirestock team apologizes for the inconvenience, and wishes you happy holidays!

Thanks,
Team Wirestock"


you have to feel bad for those who trusted them with significant portfolio.  Also curious what they are doing with things like the SS "Contributor Funds:

How was WS supposed to know what SS was doing? We didn't. Give them some time instead of always being negative, finding the worst and accusing.

where is the accusation in "also curious".  by the way same applies to DACS payments from Alamy, ADAGP from IStock, which are Not new processes.

You made a selected quote of your accusation.


you have to feel bad for those who trusted them with significant portfolio.  Also curious what they are doing with things like the SS "Contributor Funds:

Why do I feel bad for those who trusted and Also curious what they are doing with a new situation. This just happened and you want answers right away?

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Installing Deepmeta On A New Machine?
« on: December 24, 2022, 10:10 »
You need to manually copy the necessary files to new file, even then you won't find the exact info screen on deepmeta. After the latest deepmeta upgrade, users can't see the daily change anyway so it wont be a big deal.

No more data sync all the files have to be added manual.

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This morning


"Hi,

This is to inform you that our account on Adobe Stock has been temporarily deactivated. We are in the process of adjusting our integration including a few technical improvements, potentially adding creator names under each image/video and etc.

Due to the holiday season, the process is taking a bit longer, but we expect to have everything completed in January. With the updates in place, the operations will become smoother and more reliable, allowing a long-term consistent workflow.

Wirestock team apologizes for the inconvenience, and wishes you happy holidays!

Thanks,
Team Wirestock"


you have to feel bad for those who trusted them with significant portfolio.  Also curious what they are doing with things like the SS "Contributor Funds:

How was WS supposed to know what SS was doing? We didn't. Give them some time instead of always being negative, finding the worst and accusing.

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Dear Mat,

did you get my e-mail? I wrote to you again.

Best regards
Juergen

Hi Juergen,

I'm sorry, but no I did not. Please try again: [email protected]

If you are comfortable sharing the file number here in MSG I can take a look. Are you sure the files weren't renewed in 2022?

Thank you,

Mat Hayward

I was thinking the same as Phototom, some of mine seem to have been renewed. I know some are new and I did screen shots of the first set accepted. Then I wrote to you and some were added in June? I don't know how to keep track at this point. I mean, yes I can see FREE I just don't know which are new or old or if I was credited for the renewal.

The best way to verify is to refer to the email you received indicating how many files you had approved in 2022. Then, visit the dashboard section of the Adobe Stock contributor portal and filter by price tier to show only those in Free. The number of photos should match the number you were paid for this year.

If you can't find the email (I received mine on June 30) then you can email me with your Adobe ID and I can confirm the number you were paid for, to cross reference. I have not heard of any discrepancies in this program though I am always happy to verify for peace-of-mind for you.

Thanks,

Mat Hayward

Thanks for detailed how to find this on my own.

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I can't say what I'd like or I'd be banned from the forum. Worst ever!

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Its interesting that there is as many people here on $2,000+ as there is on $100-$200.

That's because the scale is not uniform, Annie.
If the poll would use regular intervals, and the number of voters would be much higher, I belive the graph may end up looking like a poisson distribution.
There might be some logic to that, since, overall, microstock sales may follow a poisson arrival process (just a hypothesis).

You are of course right that the size of the brackets influence the picture we get. For example, the bracket 1000-1500 ist five times as large as the bracket 900-1000, so it is not surprising that there are more people in it.

Is it still remarkable, though, that about 30% of the voters earn more than $1000 on average. So for a lot of people the money from microstock is still a significant part of their income.

This is a Microstock forum, you should expect that the best people will be members here.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Adobe rejections
« on: October 24, 2022, 08:39 »
Sort of offtopic, sorry, but I didn't want to start another thread, because my observation is Adobe-related.

I don't have a large portfolio at Adobe but after 2 and half years of uploading I came to the conclusion that the only or at least most important factor to popping up in search results is the age of your images.

The majority of my images just started to gradually show up in search results after 2 years, and this has nothing to do with Adobe's stupid keyword weight scheme. Since all DAM programs I use (mostly ACDSee but sometimes Bridge) sort keywords in alphabetic order, I didn't bother to rearrange them all on Adobe dashboard, as it takes forever. Apparently this doesn't affect sales, there's no significant difference between ordered and unordered keywords sets.

Can anyone confirm? If this is right, it's a huge a time saving to just ignore order of keywords.

https://www.microstockgroup.com/fotolia-com/best-keyword-strategy-in-adobe-stock/

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Adobe Stock / Re: PNG files on Adobestock - Some Questions
« on: October 15, 2022, 06:52 »
You're ignoring my question Mat ?

@Mat
Some of my vectors (newly uploaded) with white background are automatically available also as PNG , but my old vectors aren't

I'm sorry, what is the question?

-Mat

some of my vectors (newly uploaded) with white background are automatically available also as PNG , but my old vectors aren't

Are you asking me why that is? This is a process that requires a lot of time and resources. The priority was placed on newer files, once complete I am told we will begin converting older files also. I do not know what the timeline is for this.

Thanks,

Mat Hayward

Good news when that happens, I'll have more PNG files from my old EPS. TY

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