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General Stock Discussion / RF editorial, RM and ?
« on: August 24, 2017, 13:36 »
Hi  :)

I recently applied to contribute to a photo agency which sells only editorial images.

There are a couple of things I don't understand and ask for your support:

When asking if they sell their images as RFeditorial or RM they said 'neither'.
I don't get that. As there are no information about licenses for clients on their website I can't go into that further.

I mean this is an issue because I can't upload RF images at one agency as RM to another and vice versa.

My question is if images aren't sold neither as RF editorial nor RM how are they sold then?

Sorry if this is a stupid question but I really don't know

got a new mail  :o ::)

Weve announced some big changes in the past few weeks so we thought it would be a good idea to step back and address some common questions we are hearing from you.

Exclusive vs. Non-Exclusive

    We value your non-exclusive content and we believe that iStock can play an important part of your revenue mix if you are uploading quality imagery.

    Were also open about our desire for exclusive content. From January 3rd well have a new exclusive application process which no longer requires a minimum number of downloads or an acceptance ratio it will just be subject to editor review and that you meet the conditions of the Exclusive ASA.

Minimum Payments for Subscriptions

There has been a lot of talk about the minimum payments under the new price per file download rates. Please keep in mind that:

    You will enjoy higher royalty payments than you currently receive from subscriptions where customers have lower utilization, with no maximum payments (unlike under the previous system).

    Full utilization of high volume subscription offerings are rare.

Customer Utilization of Subscriptions

    The number of files downloaded per subscription differs from customer to customer and is highly dependent on the type of subscription they have.

    For the most part, the higher the allowed number of downloads in a subscription, the lower the utilization.

    However, the lower download subs (like our 10 download per month products) have a much higher price per file so even though these subs have higher utilization, you will see higher royalties, on average, from those subscriptions.

    There have been questions about how we calculate annual subscriptions and subscriptions where there are rollover downloads.

    All subscriptions are calculated on a monthly basis based on the monthly price paid for that subscription and the number of downloads made against it in that given month, including any rollover downloads.

    This means if a subscription has a low utilization in a particular month it will result in a higher price per file for those files in that month. In a subsequent month the roll over could lead to a high utilization and a lower price per file for those files.

Statements and Stats

With the move to the Getty Images royalty platform we are splitting file performance into two very distinct parts:

    Licenses and royalties will be reported on the 20th of the month after the month in which the transactions take place and will be paid on the 25th of that month. The statement is static but the data is exportable in PDF or TXT formats. You will see additional detail on subscription payments made via gettyimages.com on these new statements, increasing transparency.

    Stats will be shown in a new interface via ESP from January, which will give you the real time data you need on downloads and other customer interactions.


Our new submission platform will significantly improve time to market! ESP brings:

    Batch submissions.

    An improved workflow which allows you to fix issues in the existing submission rather than needing to resubmit from scratch.

    A brand new editing process for inspectors which will be far more efficient.

The move to ESP and the Unification project in general is a very significant investment in the future of the company. It will get your content to customers quicker so that you can concentrate on creating more great work.

In order to reflect the new process that ESP provides, we have updated the ASA. The changes will come in to effect on December 1.


To continue to be competitive in the market we must attract and retain the best content.
To this end we are:

    Paying out more royalties to contributors overall.

    Investing in our contributor tools and upload platform.

    Bringing more transparency to royalty statements.

We hope you continue to choose to upload your work to iStock and benefit in all of these investments.

Many thanks

The iStock team

iStockPhoto.com / subs
« on: November 14, 2016, 12:32 »
well I just opened my istock page and saw that they reported subs for November  :o :o 8) 8)
Today I have subs reported to the 8th november - did I miss anything?



Just a short question:

Obviously one of my images had been licensed (I guesss so if not copied somewhere) and is now resold by someone else.

I can't remember that this is allowed by any agency if it had been licensed at all.

Had anyone else had such experience and if yes what did you do?


iStockPhoto.com / istock mail about Royalty adjustment
« on: July 26, 2016, 14:45 »

in the last hour I got 2 e mails from istock saying:

"Dear Contributor,

The following file(s) were recently licensed to an iStock customer in a transaction that did not occur through the website:


We have made an adjustment to your account and added your royalty from the license(s), which totals xxx

The iStock Team"

(presently obviously 7 purchases didn't show up.)

Anyone else??  8)

123RF / 0,14$ download
« on: November 08, 2015, 03:50 »
This is my first post here although I have been reading your comments over a year or so.   :)

I have a question.

Recently I had a download at 123rf and got a commission of 0,14$. It's not a sub but a S download and this month I am on level 2.
Any ideas what sort of download this might be. I can't remember having ever got a low commission as that.

The support didn't reply yet.

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