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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

123RF / What is wrong with 123RF
« on: March 01, 2021, 06:00 »
My earnings have dropped to lows I haven't seen in ten years over the last two months. I appreciate times are hard for a lot of the agencies but this is really weird...

Anyone else had a similar experience?

Mostphotos.com / Mostphotos updated terms?
« on: March 01, 2021, 05:53 »
Received an email saying terms have been updated and the site wont let you sign in without agreeing to them. They don't provide a side by side or details of what's new. Does anyone know what the changes are? I can't see anything too unusual in the new terms but I could well be missing something.

General - Stock Video / Facebook's lies about video metrics
« on: February 07, 2021, 10:07 »
I can't recall is this has been posted about here before, but I think it is super important:


Micros have been pivoting to video extremely aggressively over the last couple of years. I expect demand increase to slow as the reality of video engagement filters through to ad buyers over the next year or two. I think micro contributors who have invested heavily in production equipment will be hit hard.

I realised the other thread may be ignored by people who assume they aren't on the new YAY Images because the old site shut down and they never agreed to move across!

It looks like they may have eventually moved images across from YAY Micro to their unlimited subs site YAY Images and opted everyone in. Even those who didn't respond to the email they sent asking if you wanted to opt in and move to the new site when the old one closed.

Everyone who once had their images on there should check to make sure they haven't been moved across. Also probably worth trying to track down partner sites where YAY is selling our images under their own name for example 2.5 million images here:

Other thread


As mentioned over in the other thread, there are also reports of YAY failing to remove images from partner sites after portfolio closure on YAY itself, so make sure to check back later to make sure they are gone!

Canva / How to delete an image
« on: November 01, 2020, 06:38 »
Does anyone know how to delete or even find specific images in your portfolio?
The Guide in their FAQ is outdated and doen't work any more.

Canva / Canva, what's the plan now?
« on: September 15, 2020, 08:01 »
This really going out to the Canva reps who I know read this forum.

We are approaching the end of the term where they guaranteed out income would be double March's.

I applaud them for putting their money where their mouth is with regards to their belief that there was a huge untapped market of people who would use our images if only they didnt have pay a dollar for them or whatever (as laughable as this was to those of use who have heard the same thing from agencies multiple times).

But clearly they were wrong. As we predicted downloads increased massively,  just not enough to compensate us meaningfully (no where near double income, for some even a sizeable decrease). Leaving us standing still with our work further devalued; sales cannibalised from better paying sites or non subscription downloads on Canva (i.e. same old story).

So whats the plan? By their own metrics this scheme has absolutely not worked for contributors as expected. Will they now raise their subscription fee to compensate us to a level they themselves defined as fair a few months ago (double our income)? Or was that all just lip service?

Shutterstock.com / Just did my accounts for July...
« on: August 01, 2020, 01:36 »
Stopped uploading to SS beginning June. SS hugely down for July and RPD in the toilet despite me being level 6. This has been more than offset by other sites sales of my new content and not a single sale for less than 38c on Adobe!

I am averaging more than 10000 dls per month so I think this is statistically significant.

I was hoping this would happen, but wasn't expecting it so soon.

I seem to be having the same thing happen as others have reported. Older images appearing in my portfolio that I assume are rejects they have kept and are accepting to inflate numbers.

We have also seen the hundreds of thousands of vectors that are just different color backgrounds, or a single word in different fonts, again with backgrounds switched and so on they are now accepting to inflate their numbers.

Now they can, and have, "mislead" us as contributors in any number of ways (being diplomatic here).
What I am very interested in is how they frame the upload numbers for share holders in their next couple of quarters. Those calls are going to be fascinating, because while they can BS us all they want Blackrock is absolutely not going to f**k around with lies or even omissions if share prices decline at some point in the next year or two. They may even keep knowledge of what's going on in their back pocket as a hedge (if share prices go up "great", if they go down "we will be gutting SS for misleading, not disclosing or worse outright lying to us").

Will be fascinating to see what happens...

Anyone remember, was that the end of standard return for an EL or something? Just reviewing my history.

Also surprised to see a steady drop in SS RPD from around the start of 2018 (until going off the cliff edge with this change of course). Wonder what this longer term trend was about?

I wonder if this is why searches have been favouring older images for a while.

I checked my images uploaded in the last year or so and they have actually made more on AS than SS even though SS makes up a much bigger part of my overall income.

Could it be that SS planned this and knew it would result in people stopping uploading, but that most people who rely on this as their main source of income couldn't afford to delete their portfolios right away?

They have been pushing old images to see if new content makes much of a difference to their bottom line?

Of course this will only work as a short term "pump" as people will be pushing buyers elsewhere and eventually the collection will be too stale to compete anyway. Is this more evidence of tarting up the company in the sort term until they can get it sold, regardless of destroying it (and us) in the longer term?

Or maybe just a short term thing to boost the shares of the people at the top until they can sell and move on to strip mine the next company...

"I'm a single mother. I lost 2/3 of my income. My son and I will literally have nothing to eat."

A post from the Shutterstock forum.
I don't have the words for how I feel about SS management right now.


1. Percentages have to mean actual percentages based on downloads utilised by buyers. They are now meaningless. Ongoing reporting can be achieved by reporting and paying the minimum possible payout each month (if buyer uses all dls) and the remainder paid the following month when SS knows how many dls the buyer actually used.

2. Totals absolutely must be based on a rolling 12 month basis, the January reset is bizarre and indefensible. Rolling basis would have all the claimed benefits of rewarding contributors, while we still get to eat and pay rent in the first few months of the year.

We aren't going to get them to abandon the new structure entirely. We need to pressure them to make it a win win rather than simply punishing us to line their own pockets.



Also, lol:

"In December, after months of internal debate over China, Shutterstock faced another international content question when Russia blocked its domains over a picture of a miniature Russian flag planted in a pile of feces..."

Wonder if the photog is aware they are responsible for shutting down SS in Russia

Can anyone help me work this out? It seems the fees lack transparency for all these online money services.

I just cashed out some of my stock payments via paypal. They hide all their fees in the exchange rate (no additional fees).

I got 0.7498725 GBP for each USD. So 749.87 for $1000 (relevant because I think some of the other services pay sliding fees depending on the size of the transaction)

Has anyone else in the UK cashed out $1000 or there abouts this AM (07/20/2020) on a different service (Skrill or Payoneer fore example)? I would love some real world comparisons!

General Stock Discussion / Release for Daz models on SS?
« on: August 19, 2019, 04:58 »
I have used some models from the Daz 3D store as reference images for some illustrations on SS. They did accept the render and an explanation as enough before but have now stopped accepting the images (jpegs not vectors, they still seem okay with it for vector illustrations). Is there a specific release I should be filling out or has there been a policy change? The standard property release clearly states "to be used for real or personal property" so I don't think it's that one? (I thought about filling it out with my name as the "authorized" person as I am the license holder/ purchaser of the license from Daz 3D.

I am sure that the license covers the use so no problem there.

Any help would be very much appreciated!

Image Sleuth / Report SS infringement
« on: July 03, 2019, 06:38 »
It's been a few years since I had to report a theft on SS. Anyone who has done it more recently; is there an email for contributors to report or do I have to fill out a full DMCA? Thanks for any guidance!

123RF / New contract, what's changed?
« on: July 01, 2019, 03:19 »
Trying to get into a contributor account brings up terms you have to agree to. Anyone spot what's new in them?

Dear every agency out there,

Abiding by the DMCA does not mean you "take copyright seriously". We are sick and tired of reading and hearing that you care, then finding out your whole policy is just doing the minimum laid out by the DMCA.

Abiding by the DMCA is the absolute minimum you must do to avoid being sued when infringements show up on your site.

Even worse, and very common, is an agency out sourcing reports to a third party specialist company that assumes legal responsibility and handles all DMCA/ copyright related correspondence. This contractually prevents the company doing anything themselves.

These practices are absolutely disgusting from anyone claiming to represent creatives and we have had enough of the BS.

Simply following the DMCA without any other oversight or investigation of suspect accounts doesnt prove you take copyright seriously it shows you absolutely do NOT take copyright seriously (beyond covering your A**) and only care about not getting sued. Quit the BS we can see through it.


Image Sleuth / Etsy is the absolute worst
« on: April 02, 2019, 03:00 »
As everyone here probably knows there's a thriving industry on Etsy of people selling our vectors (as well as violating copyright of big studios and the like).

Just a search for "vector" or "SVG" on the site and some keyword of your best sellers and they are probably there.

What I didn't know until recently was Etsy's policy Re. DMCA notices, which explains how some shops have been getting away with it for years and on hundreds of listings.

They will accept any DMCA counter notice as long as it is filled in with an existing address and phone number and allow the seller to relist. Even if the seller has just used an address of an unrelated business, and you point that out to Etsy.  As far as I can work out that even takes the strike off the account so they are "clean" and do this as many times as they like (this seems to be the case as there are sellers that have done this many times over).

So as far as I can work out the only sellers getting shut down, or even having items removed, are honest sellers who made an actual mistake. The big time crooks making many thousands of dollars know how to play the system and keep on going. I finally understood how there are two or three shops on there with thousands of stolen vectors and no repercussions.

It's infuriating. I keep finding people's stolen work on sites like Etsy when looking for mine and it seems impossible to find anyone's contact details to let them know so they can send a simple DMCA and stop someone profiting off their work.

I've wasted ages today googling around trying desperately to find contact details.

Is there a way to easily PM someone on SS for example from their portfolio? I think you can if you find them on the forum, or am I wrong? It's a nightmare.

Image Sleuth / Dodgy As Portfolio on SS
« on: November 15, 2018, 05:37 »

Image Sleuth / ETSY watch for vector artists
« on: October 23, 2018, 05:34 »
I get emails every now and then by other artists about suspect portfolios on ETSY that feature stolen work.

These portfolios selling stolen vectors come up quite frequently but etsy will shut them down after a few (three?) reports of infringement.

Reporting is easy and does work, I have seen a lot less of my stuff on there since keeping an eye out. It can be quite time consuming for the thieves to list and also costs them money, so it's important to keep  the pressure on.

I thought it was about time we had a dedicated thread where contributors could post shops where they have found stolen work of theirs. Much more efficient than emailing round to other artists who's work you've spotted.

For this thread I am talking about shops actually featuring reselling digital vector files as SVG, EPS, ai files etc. So there is no question they are violating licenses, I am not talking about people using work to make products where potentially there has been a legal license sale covering the usage.

link for reporting:


MicrostockSubmitter / Shutterstock Categories in StockSubmitter
« on: October 11, 2018, 04:55 »
For some reason when you choose two SS categories the one in the first column gets pushed to "category 2 Optional". Can this be fixed so they line up (first category in Stocksubmitter is first category in Shutterstock too).
In case they weight category one more on the site (or decide to do so later)

Shame there's nothing there for vector Illustrators. How about offering an Illustrator subscription too?

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